The best Australian sunset spots are easy to find. Road-trip almost anywhere downunder, and sooner or later the three main conditions for a great sunset – wide open spaces, big sky and a prop (or two) – will come together. According to me, anyway.
Don’t know where to find the best Australian sunset spots? No problem! Over the years I’ve discovered a lot of staggeringly scenic sunset viewing locations around OZ, so sit back, relax and let me show you my favourites – and therefore the best Australian sunset spots – complete with links to stories about each of the destinations for your reading pleasure.
You’re welcome! Enjoy!!
1. Hopetoun, Victoria
After a long day on the road a few years ago, we stopped at Hopetoun, a small Murray Mallee town in Western Victoria. It’s not far to Wyperfeld National Park and the extensive Silo Art trail runs right through it. Hopetoun was such a good base for exploring this part of the Mallee we ended up staying a few extra nights.
In the evening, retreat to Lake Lascelles on the edge of town. The excellent campground with powered sites and free camping is a great place to relax as the sun sinks down behind the lake.
Discover more of the magic of Hopetoun and the Murray Mallee HERE!
2. Ballina, New South Wales
The Northern Rivers Region of north New South Wales is a treasure trove of sub-tropical rainforest, beautiful beaches, amazing coastal scenery, hinterland towns, whale watching and a totally relaxed vibe. Most visitors head for Byron Bay, Australia’s easternmost point, but Ballina, just a few kilometres south, is equally scenic but far less touristy.
Yes, it’s on the east coast so the sun doesn’t set over the sea – but the massive breakwall at the mouth of the Richmond River was almost purpose built to watch the sun sink over the town and (almost) into the water.
I’ve spent a lot of time in Ballina over the years – read about some of my early adventures in the Northern Rivers Region HERE!
3. Lake Moogerah, Scenic Rim Region, Queensland
South-eastern Queensland’s Scenic Rim Region is an extensive network of spectacular rocky peaks and mountain ranges formed by long-ago volcanic activity. Several national parks showcase the area’s best features, and its small towns provide a focus for regional produce.
Nestled amidst this wonderland of natural attractions is the man-made Lake Moogerah. As well as being fun to explore and an excellent base from which to discover the region, the lake is a sensational sunset (and sunrise) viewing spot.
It’s easy to spend a week or more in the Scenic Rim – find out how to do that HERE!
4. Yorke Peninsula, South Australia
The 700 km (434 mile) long coastline of South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula is full of magnificent swimming and surfing beaches, rocky cliffs, clear blue waters, white sand and lighthouses. There’s a reason it’s known as the Shipwreck coast! The numerous scenic public loos are painted with murals that showcase the region’s attractions and history.
The coast is dotted with many sunset viewing spots, but my personal favourite includes the stunning silhouettes of the Wattle Point wind farm wind turbines!
For more of the attractions and scenery that give the Southern Yorke Peninsula its magic, go HERE!
5. Five Rivers Lookout, Wyndham, Western Australia
Western Australia’s Kimberley region is full of rocky mountain ranges, wide open spaces and massive tidal rivers. The small town of Wyndham has all these features in abundance, and from its most well-known attraction, five rivers (and two scenic loos!) can be seen. Yes, really!
It’s not easy to get all five rivers in one photo, as the vista is too broad for all but the widest of wide angle lenses. But the view at sunset makes the lookout a worthy addition to the best Australian sunset spots.
The town of Wyndham isn’t just about the lookout, however – read all about its other attractions HERE!
6. Thargomindah, Outback Queensland
Remote Thargomindah has the distinction of being the third town in the world (after London and Paris) to have hydroelectric street lighting. While this fact is celebrated with a three-flag display, there’s virtually no other resemblance to Thargo’s sister cities.
With wall to wall outback scenery on offer, Thargomindah provides a full-on genuine Outback experience. That includes taking in a sunset at the artesian bore, although there are plenty of other wide open spaces and big skies if a steamy sunset isn’t your thing.
It’s been awhile since I visited Thargomindah, but you can read all about it in the guest post I wrote for Rocky Travel HERE!
7. Hay Plain, Deniliquin, New South Wales
A massive plain the size of Denmark isn’t necessarily the easiest place to spot a rare bird the size of a quail, but that’s exactly what I was looking for on the Hay plain near Deniliquin in central New South Wales. Luckily, the town of Deniliquin is on the banks of the Edward River, and near the Murray Valley National Park. These provide some alternative attractions for those who are unsuccessful in (or don’t care about) locating the birds.
Spotting a killer sunset is a cinch with a plain and sky this big – it’s even better with a bit of cloud or a tree to set off the amazing colours.
Find out whether my rare bird hunt in Deniliquin was successful HERE!
8. Victoria River, via Timber Creek, Northern Territory
Known as Australia’s wildest river, the Victoria River near the small town of Timber Creek is chock-a-block full of crocodiles. Take a 70 km (43 mile) round trip by purpose-built boat down the river to see more crocodiles per kilometre than any other croc-spotting tour in OZ!
The trip also includes a bus tour introducing features of the township and surrounds en route to the boat. It’s easy to spend an extra couple of days exploring the region to discover some of the elements of its intriguing history for yourself. The sunsets are spectacular from the high lookout point above the town, but even more so from river level as the sun sinks behind the Yarrambin ranges. With luck, it’ll be closely followed by a moonrise!
Read more about my adventure cruising with crocodiles on the Victoria River from Timber Creek HERE!
9. Lake Cullulleraine, Victoria
When we stopped at the tiny settlement on the shores of Lake Cullulleraine about 58 km (36 miles) west of Mildura, we were just looking for a place to set up camp for the night. What we found was a place so relaxing, we used it as a base to explore the area around the city of Mildura for a few more days.
When that got to be too much, we hung out at the caravan park, walked around the lake and watched the sunsets. And took photos. Since then, Lake Cullulleraine has been our preferred stopover point when passing through the area.
10. Broken Hill, New South Wales
Often referred to as the ‘Accessible Outback’, bitumen roads lead all the way to the mining town of Broken Hill in the middle of a desert in the middle of nowhere. The clear light, intense colours of rock, earth and sky and dramatic shapes and silhouettes have inspired many artists. It’s not hard to see why at dusk when the desert is bathed in a golden glow.
Several museums in town detail the history of the area, and display samples of the minerals found in the area, and the Living Desert reserve just out of town showcases the desert landscape. The Living Desert Sculpture Park is also the best place for sunset viewing, and the prime locations are staked out well in advance.
Find my story about my trip to Tibooburra and Cameron Corner via Broken Hill HERE!
11. Lord Howe Island, New South Wales
OK, at 700 km (~420 miles) north-east of Sydney, Lord Howe Island isn’t exactly a road-trip destination. This tiny, eco-friendly island is a sub-tropical paradise full of amazing natural attractions, unique wildlife, staggering scenery and world exclusives. It’s an action-adventure kind of holiday destination, where hiking, snorkelling, walking, kayaking, boating, fishing, and diving are key activities.
At the end of the day, when everything slows right down to island time, a killer sunset is almost impossible to avoid. That’s why it deserves a place on any list of the best Australian sunset spots!
It’s easy to spend a week on Lord Howe Island – find out how HERE!
12. Bruny Island, Tasmania
OK, ok – so this isn’t actually a full-blown sunset. But do yourself a favour anyway, and take the short drive south from Hobart to Kettering and catch the ferry to Bruny Island. There’s nothing much between this unspoiled little gem and Antarctica, so expect wild and rugged terrain, magnificent scenery and an amazing selection of wildlife.
Take a cruise past the second-highest sea-cliffs in the southern hemisphere and through towering rock stacks while dolphin-spotting, bird-watching and getting up close to a grunting mass of Australian Fur Seals for an unforgettable experience. Then chill out down by the wharf while awaiting the ferry back to the Tasmanian mainland and watch the sunset over the D’Entrecasteaux channel. If the ferry doesn’t turn up early, that is!
My Bruny Island cruise adventure was one of my all-time favourite Aussie tours ever! Go HERE to find out why!
13. Cadney Park Homestead, South Australia
Most road-trippers don’t see Cadney Park Homestead, a roadhouse about 153 km (95 miles) north of Coober Pedy on the Stuart Highway, as a destination in its own right. But as gateway to the spectacular Painted Desert, deep in the South Australian Outback, it’s worth staying for a couple of nights.
There’s the added bonus of a superb sunset, especially when the cloud rolls in.
Read more about my Cadney Park stopover and trip to the Painted Desert HERE!
14. Broome, Western Australia
In Australia’s far northwest, the town of Broome has a unique history and culture based around pearling. Its easy to spend a week or two – or even longer – exploring its distinctive natural attractions. But it’s standing room only during the Australian winter when visitors from the south flock north in search of warmth.
The intense colours of the sea, sky and red Pindan soil that characterise Broome’s landscape fade into insignificance at sunset when the sky fills with astonishing colour. The sky show is best viewed from Gantheaume point where the sun sets over the sea.
Find out why Broome is so popular during the Australian winter months HERE!
15. Derby, Western Australia
Derby Jetty is the best place to watch the phenomenon of the highest tidal range in Australia – up to 12 metres difference between high and low tides. At low tide, the jetty is well out of the water and the mud flats below are exposed. At high tide the water almost laps at the top of the jetty. Any time of tide can be a good time for crocodile spotting.
The jetty is also one of the best Australian sunset spots around as the sun sinks below the waters of King Sound and the sky and water lights up.
Read more about Derby’s massive tides HERE!
16. Farina Station, Outback South Australia
Farina was once a town set up to support a large wheat growing region, but relentless drought and a non-permanent water supply caused the venture to fail. That’s what happens in the middle of the driest state of the driest continent on earth.
Nowadays, the abandoned township is on Farina Station, and is slowly being restored. The repairs are funded by the old Farina bakery, operated by volunteers for several months during the Australian winter. That alone is a good enough reason to visit, but the sunsets from Anzac Hill above the campground make it doubly worthwhile.
I first discovered the Farina Bakery a few years ago now, but I’ve been there several times since. Read about my first visit HERE!
17. Karlu Karlu/Devils Marbles, Northern Territory
From the Stuart Highway, about 412 km (256 miles) north of Alice Springs, the Devils Marbles are an unmistakable tumble of various-sized rocks scattered over the surrounding plain. The Indigenous name – Karlu Karlu – translates as ’round boulders’, and the rocks feature in local Indigenous lore.
At sunset, the marbles glow in the evening light, when the colours become even more impressive.
Exploring the Devils Marbles is a fun part of touring Central Australia. Take a look at some of the region’s other attractions HERE!
18. Sydney, New South Wales
Finding the next super Aussie sunset isn’t limited to road-tripping the more remote areas of the Outback. There’s always an opportunity waiting, as I found when flying into Sydney at sunset with the atmosphere full of bushfire smoke, creating an almost post-apocalyptic panorama.
Of course this shot was just good luck for me, but I wouldn’t have got it at all if my camera wasn’t easily accessible. Finding a good sunset shot is also possible on the ground in Sydney – and there are lots of other good reasons to visit.
Find out how I made the most of a Sydney layover with four hours between flights HERE!
19. Sanctuary Lakes, Melbourne, Victoria
While I don’t spend a lot of time hanging out in big cities, I can still appreciate the photographic opportunities they bring. While staying in Melbourne’s west, I was lucky enough to be at the wetlands near Sanctuary Lakes in the late afternoon, with an uninhibited view of the Melbourne skyline, lit up by the setting sun behind me.
Visiting a large city doesn’t necessarily have to mean exploring attractions in the CBD or even suburbia! I got to explore a completely different side of Melbourne where I’m betting not many others have been. Where? Go HERE to find out!
20. Darwin, Northern Territory
Australia’s northernmost capital city, Darwin, enjoys a laid back lifestyle that keeps visitors coming back for more. Bombed in World War II and devastated by a cyclone in 1974, the city has many natural and historical attractions to explore.
The popular Mindil Beach markets are a great place to purchase a picnic from the many stalls and watch the sun sinking into the Timor Sea.
Other Darwin attractions can be found HERE!
Everywhere I go on my Aussie travels is another opportunity to find a great sunset spot. So keep watching – I’ll be adding more as I find them!
There are even more of the best Australian sunset spots I’ve discovered in my travels right HERE on Flickr!
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