Devonport Sunset

Best Sunset Locations in Australia

Published
19 Jan 2021
Devonport Sunset

Picture this: a balmy evening, drinks on the deck with your favourite people close by, and the sun setting on the day’s holiday adventures. Sunset is the perfect time to celebrate the day before slipping into the night and starting afresh tomorrow. Moments like these bring a special kind of magic, painted in vivid colour across the sprawling canvas of the sky.

We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to locations for Australia’s best sunsets, whether it’s by the beach, in the outback or almost anywhere in between. From brilliant reds and gold to cotton-candy pinks and purples, these are some of our favourite places to watch the sky turn from day to dark. Grab the camera or just enjoy the moment – the choice is yours.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Busselton

Two hours south of Perth you’ll find one of south-west WA’s favourite beachside towns. Busselton, with its famous jetty stretching 1.8km out to sea, is a perfect sunset spot. Watch as the sun dips into Geographe Bay in a spectacular display of coral and purple. You’ll be the envy of your Instagram friends!

Nearest G’day Park:
Mandalay Holiday Resort


Kununurra

Kununurra might be nine hours from its nearest capital city (Darwin), but those who make the trip will be more than rewarded. WA’s East Kimberley Region is known for its rugged landscapes and vast network of rivers and lakes, and the stunning purple-tinged sunsets over the local waterways in Kununurra are not to be missed.

Nearest G’day Parks:
Kimberleyland Waterfront Holiday Park
Discovery Parks – Lake Kununurra

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Flinders Ranges

South Australia’s Flinders Ranges are a must-visit, with mountains and plains, friendly outback towns and plenty of history to explore. But golden hour in the Flinders is something else. Think fiery red and burgundy skies set against the rich ochre of Wilpena Pound’s limestone ridges with views stretching for miles across the sunburnt earth. Magic!

Nearest G’day Park:
Rawnsley Park Station

Lake Bonney

A favourite location in SA’s Riverland, Lake Bonney in Barmera has something for everyone. After a day’s fun on the water with swimming, fishing and kayaking, relax lakeside where you will be treated to trees silhouetted against a pink and purple sunset, beautifully reflected in the calm lake waters.

Nearest G’day Park:
Discovery Parks – Lake Bonney

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Darwin

Tropical Darwin is known for spectacular sunsets bursting with hues of gold, orange and red.Coastal hotspots for the best views include Mindil Beach (with its famous sunset markets), Darwin Harbour and Cullen Bay. Pack the camera because it’s near impossible to take a bad photo with views this good.

Nearest G’day Park:
Discovery Parks – Darwin

Alice Springs

The red centre comes alive at golden hour! In Alice Springs, Anzac Hill provides great views over the town and MacDonnell Ranges as the sky turns from cobalt blue to orange, or head out of town to the famous Old South Road sand dunes for a full desert sunset. For something different, experience an outback sunset from the back of a camel by booking a 1-hour twilight ride.

Nearest G’day Park:
Wintersun Cabin & Caravan Park

QUEENSLAND

Noosa

Lovely coastal town Noosa is nestled on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and is a favourite destination to relax and recharge. With sunsets in cotton-candy pink and lavender, take your pick of beaches to soak up the serenity while watching surfers catch the last waves of the day, take a cruise on the Noosa River or head to the lookout at Mount Tinbeerwah in Tewantin National Park.

Nearest G’day Park:
Noosa Caravan Park

Mount Isa

Mount Isa might not be your first thought for picturesque Australian sunset locations, but this iconic mining town delivers exactly that. With mining stacks silhouetted against a blazing red and orange sky, it’s a true slice of outback Australia – and the sunsets are just one of the town’s many memorable surprises that make a visit well worth the trip.

Nearest G’day Park:
Sunset Top Tourist Park

NEW SOUTH WALES

Forster

Forster is nestled in the heart of NSW’s Great Lakes region, between the Pacific Ocean and Wallis Lake. With its many waterways, there’s no shortage of spectacular locations for watching the sun go down on the day. Take in the glowing amber skies by relaxing on the banks of the Wallamba River or head to Pilot Hill for views of Main Beach and Wallis Lake.

Nearest G’day Parks:
Tiona Holiday Park
Lanis Holiday Island
Discovery Parks – Forster

Byron Bay

A coastal mecca known for laid-back charm and relaxed beach vibes, Byron Bay is a sun lover’s dream from morning to dusk. Take a tip from the locals on the best spot to catch a radiant Byron Bay sunset and take a picnic blanket to Main Beach to watch the sun dip below distant mountains with the colours reflected in the water.

Nearest G’day Park:
Glen Villa Resort
Discovery Parks – Byron Bay

VICTORIA

Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road stretches 243km along Victoria’s scenic Surf Coast, so it’s hard to pick a favourite sunset location among so many. Topping our list however is the iconic 12 Apostles, offering picture perfect views of red sunsets against its towering limestone faces. It’s also worth checking out Teddy’s Lookout in Lorne, or Cape Bridgewater in Portland for incredible sunset views.

Nearest G’day Parks:
Great Ocean Road Tourist Park
Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park
Apollo Bay Holiday Park
Portland Tourist Park

The Grampians

The Grampians National Park with its mountains, gorges and bushland offers plenty of amazing vantage points for capturing spectacular alpine sunsets. Head to the Balconies for one of the region’s most famous views of jutting sandstone rocks and sweeping valley views to both north and south, or head to Boroka Lookout for gorgeous views over Halls Gap and Lake Bellfield.

Nearest G’day Park:
Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park
Lake Fyans Holiday Park

TASMANIA

Cradle Mountain

The World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is one of Tasmania’s iconic locations; a magical spot with pristine wilderness, spectacular mountain views and natural beauty.

This is a photographer’s dream location and capturing the breathtaking mountain landscape as the sky turns from crisp blue to gold and pink at sunset is a must!

Nearest G’day Park:
Discovery Parks – Cradle Mountain

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