28 Places in Australia to See Incredible Sunsets

We were fortunate to visit some incredible places in Australia during our 18 month Australian road trip. Many of them came with a bonus, a magical sunset at the end of the day.

Whilst I love a good sunrise as much as anyone to kick start my day, there’s just something about sunset that I especially look forward to – maybe it’s the fact that I can enjoy it with a cold beer in hand and my favourite tunes playing in the background (press play on Jack Johnson please!)

Unfortunately we didn’t get to take in as many sunsets as I would have liked at every town we visited along the way, but we were either out and about busy doing other travel related activities, tied up with business things, or more importantly being parents.

But I think I witnessed the best of the best. Check out my list and then please add your own suggestions in the comments at the bottom of the post.

Let me just mention that no places in South Australia made my list because we have NOT been there, yet! These sunsets locations are only from places we have personally visited. So cool your jets SA peeps, we’ll get there eventually.

In no particular order, here they are.

1. Strahan, Tasmania

Sunset in Strahan, Tasmania, Australia.

There are two reasons to visit the town of Strahan on the west coast of Tasmania. One is to do the World Heritage Gordon River Cruise. The other is to witness the brilliant sunset.

2. Byron Bay, NSW

Sunset at Byron Bay, NSW, Australia

Byron Bay is one of the better places to see the sunset on the east coast, and it’s the most easterly point on mainland Australia.

Take a sunset stroll along the beach, or head up to Cape Byron Lighthouse for stunning views.

Sunset at Byron Bay Lighthouse, NSW, Australia

3. St Kilda Beach, Melbourne

Sunset at St Kilda Beach, Melbourne, Australia

The beaches in Melbourne get a bad wrap, especially when compared to Sydney.

But one of our memorable moments was grabbing a take away pizza and a bottle of wine and ending our day on St Kilda Beach.

4. Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

Sunset in Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

Kakadu National Park easily ranks as one of our favourite National Parks in Australia and the best place to see the sun go down is from up top of the rock at Ubirr with views over the Nadarb floodplains and Arnhem Land. One of the most beautiful sunsets we have seen!

5. Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Sunset on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

The Great Ocean Road is one of the most iconic places in Australia to visit, with the Twelve Apostles being the star of the show.

Best seen at sunset (or sunrise) as you avoid the midday congestion of the tourist buses from Melbourne.

Sunset on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

6. Katherine Gorge, Northern Territory

Sunset in Katherine Gorge, Northern Territory, Australia

Every evening just on sunset the hundreds of fruit bats take to the sky over Katherine Gorge providing for a unique silhouette photo against the bright orange sky.

7. Daydream Island, Queensland

Sunset at Daydream Island, Queensland

Lovers Cove is the place to be on Daydream Island in Tropical North Queensland for a sunset drink with your significant other.

Sunset on Daydream Island, Queensland, Australia

8. Mindil Beach, Darwin

Sunset at Mindel Beach in Darwin, Australia

Darwin in the Northern Territory would be in our top three places to see the sunset in Australia and Mindil Beach is probably the most popular location, especially during the Thursday night market when hundreds hit the beach to watch the sun sink below the horizon.

Sunset in Darwin, Australia

9. Cullen Bay, Darwin

Sunset at Cullen Bay in Darwin, Australia

Cullen Bay is more of an upmarket neighbourhood to stay in Darwin and the sunsets certainly don’t disappoint.

Sunset at Cullen Bay, Darwin, Australia

10. Ski Club, Darwin

Sunset in Darwin, Australia

My favourite place to finish the day in Darwin is at the Ski Club with dinner and drinks. Super casual and with front row view of the famous Darwin sunset.

11. Town of 1770, Queensland

Sunset at the Town of 1770, Queensland, Australia

Last year we wrote about why you should visit the Town of 1770 and for being an east coast town again the sunsets are pretty special.

12. Coolangatta, Gold Coast, Queensland

Sunset overlooking Surfers Paradise in Queensland, Australia

Coolangatta holds special memories for us, we got engaged on the beach here at sunset. Being at the southern end of the Gold Coast it offers distant views of the Surfers Paradise skyline which acts as a brilliant silhouette against the red sky.

13. Rainbow Bay, Gold Coast, Queensland

Sunset silhouette at Snapper Rocks in Rainbow Bay, Queensland, Australia

If you only go to one place on the Gold Coast for sunset drinks, we recommend the Rainbow Bay Surf Club overlooking the famous Snapper Rocks surf break. Again, you have incredible views all the way up the coast to Surfers.

Sunset silhouette at Snapper Rocks in Rainbow Bay, Queensland, Australia
Sunset silhouette at Snapper Rocks in Rainbow Bay, Queensland, Australia

14. Fraser Island, Queensland

Sunset at Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia

Fraser Island is well known as one of the best 4wd adventure destinations in the country, and for being the largest sand island in the world. The perfect way to end your day is with a sunset drink near the jetty in Kingfisher Bay.

15. Karumba, Queensland

Sunset at Karumba, Queensland, Australia

Karumba up on the shores of the Gulf of Carpentaria is a popular fishing destination. If you’re not into fishing, grab some takeaway fish & chips and sit on the beach and enjoy the night time show put on by mother nature.

Sunset at Karumba, Queensland, Australia

16. Magnetic Island, Queensland

Sunset on Magnetic Island, Queensland, Australia

Magnetic Island or “Maggie” to the locals is a chilled out island just off the coast of Townsville. And the perfect way to slip into Maggie time is during sunset at Horseshoe Bay.

Sunset on Magnetic Island, Queensland, Australia

17. Uluru, Northern Territory

Sunset at Uluru in the Red Centre of Australia

The are 9 ways to experience the magic of Uuru and one of the best ways is at sunset. As the sun slowly goes down the colours of the rock change and besides sunrise is the most spectacular time of the day. Head to one of the designated viewing areas, jump on a camel or sip on a few glasses of champagne.

Sunrise at Uluru in Central Australia
Sunset at Uluru in the Red Centre of Australia
Uluru sunset camel ride - Northern Territory, Australia
Sunset at Uluru in the Red Centre of Australia
Sunset drinks at Uluru - Northern Territory, Australia

18. Kata Tjuta, Northern Territory

Sunset at Kata Tjuta, Northern Territory, Australia

Kata Tjuta is only 50 kilometres up the road from Uluru, and whilst my sunset family photo doesn’t do it justice once again the changing of the colours in the rocks as the sun sinks down is a sight to see. You can also get an excellent sunset silhouette from in town at Yulara (main town of Uluru).

Sunset silhouette of Kata Tjuta, Australia

19. Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia

A sunset over a body of water

Not only is Cable Beach one of my 38 favourite beaches in Australia, along with Darwin it’s my favourite place to enjoy a sunset beer. You can take it in several ways; sit out front of the surf club with a few beers on Friday & Saturday nights, have a sunset cocktail at Zanders, have dinner & drinks at the sunset bar & grill, or enjoy the famous sunset camel ride on the beach.

A sunset over the ocean
sunrise over the ocean
sunrise on the beach
people riding camels on the beach

20. Gantheaume Point, Broome, Western Australia

Yet another glorious sunset in Broome. Move away from Cable Beach and down to Gantheaume Point. Time it right with the tides and you’ll see dinosaur footprints.

Sunset at Gantheaume Point, Broome, Western Australia
Sunset at Gantheaume Point, Western Australia

21. Lake Argyle, Western Australia

Sunset on Lake Argyle, Western Australia

If you only have time to do one thing at Lake Argyle like us, jump on board the sunset cruise. Even if you don’t jump in the lake with 25,000 freshwater crocs, the sunset memories will stay with you forever!

Sunset on Lake Argyle, Western Australia
Sunset on Lake Argyle, Western Australia

22. Kalbarri, Western Australia

Sunset at Kalbarri, Western Australia

We didn’t have the most memorable time in Kalbarri but being a West Australian town the sunset sure was a highlight.

23. Cottesloe Beach, Perth, Western Australia

Sunset at Cottesloe Beach, Perth, Western Australia

For a city beach, Cottesloe is one of the better one’s. Perth knows how to put on a sunset show and Cott is the place to be with take away fish & chips and a cold bevvy.

Sunset at Cottesloe Beach, Perth, Western Australia

24. Anzac Hill, Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Sunset over Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

The best place to take in the sunset in Alice Springs is at the top of Anzac Hill, right in town. Not west coast stunning by any means, but a nice place to be on a warm evening.

25. Great Keppel Island, Queensland

Sunset on Great Keppel Island, Queensland, Australia

You don’t have to leave Great Keppel Island to appreciate the sunset, but why not take to the water for a few champers and nibbles on a sunset cruise. It’s what we did, even with the kids, and we all loved it.

Sunset on Great Keppel Island, Queensland, Australia

26. Longreach, Queensland

Sunset at Camden Park Cattle Station, Longreach, Queensland

I didn’t expect such a beautiful sunset in Outback Queensland, but was pleasantly surprised by the event that took place during our stop at Camden Park Station in Longreach. Just magic.

Sunset at Camden Park Cattle Station, Longreach, Queensland

27. Mount Isa, Queensland

Sunset at Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia

For a mining town, Mount Isa sure did surprise us and taking in the sunset silhouette of the stacks is a nice way to finish your day in the Isa.

28. Agnes Water, Queensland

Sunset at Agnes Water, Queensland

This laid-back coastal town in Queensland is a close neighbour to the Town of 1770. Agnes Water is the last place heading north on the east coast where you can surf, and a picturesque sunset location for us east coasters.

Sunset at Agnes Water, Queensland

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