Holiday & Beaches
7 epic places to see a sunset in Australia
There’s nothing I like better than at the end of a hectic travel day to unwind with a glass of wine, some cheese and crackers, and a magnificent setting sun.
In a land of plenty of ocean and open spaces, Australians are spoilt for sunset choices.
Here are seven of the most epic sunsets we’ve enjoyed in Australia:
1. Mindil Beach, Darwin
One of my favourite places in Australia to see the sunset is Mindil Beach in Darwin. Some nights it’s fiery red, others bright pink, and some nights glowing orange. Join the beach with the crowds and relax and enjoy! Another place we love to see the sunset in Darwin is from the beer garden at the Ski Club just up from Mindil Beach. Sunsets are a big part of the culture in Darwin with events based around them, including the popular weekly Mindil markets.
2. Broome, Western Australia
Again a colourful display of pinks, reds and oranges over the ocean is Broome, Western Australia. You’ve never seen the sun so big and round! Broome is our favourite town in Australia and every evening we had a date with the sun, or beach chairs and a bottle of wine. It’s an event. You can experience the sunset from atop a camel, from your car on the beach, from Cable Beach Sunset Bar or our favourite was from the surf club on the hill.
3. Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast
My favourite place on the East Coast to watch the sunset is Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast. The sun dips behind the mountains shooting an orange glow over the ocean and Surfers Paradise in the distance. It has a warm, tropical ambience and with it being right on one of Australia’s most famous surfing breaks you’ll pick up some amazing surfer silhouette photos. One of our favourite places to watch it form is the balcony of the Snapper Rocks Surf Club with an epic 180 degree of the surfers, the beach and the mountains – plus the beers are cold!
4. Clarkes Beach, Bryon Bay
A little further south of Snappers is the famous Byron Bay in New South Wales where you’ll get a similar sunset to Snapper Rocks. The north- facing beach means you’ll get the sun dipping behind the mountains with the ocean as the foreground and an epic display of colours.
5. The Outback
Just pull up alongside any barren stretch of road in the Outback and you are sure to get an incredible sunset. Find a place with a few tumbleweeds, trees, rocks or windmill and it will help your photographs pop even more. You won’t get a richer palette of colours than an Australian Outback sunset. Some of the magical outback sunsets we’ve seen are at Kakadu, Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon, Winton and Lara Wetlands.
6. Great Ocean Road, Victoria
Many people do a racing day trip to the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne and in doing so miss an amazing sunset (and sunrise). The Twelve Apostles may be falling apart into the ocean, but the sun majestically slides into it with only a splash of colour every evening.
7. Strahan, Tasmania
We pulled over driving through Strahan, in Western Tasmania as soon as we started to see the colours lighting up the sky. I can’t tell you exactly where we took this picture, but it was over the water at Risby Cove on Macquarie Harbour. As you can see, it was truly stunning!