You’ve finally purchased your flight to Australia and are now planning your itinerary for the best beachside locations to catch the sunset. Evenings with tangerine skies, a cold brew, watching surfers and listening to the waves crash against the shore. What more could you want? Australia is a country lined with over 10,000 beaches along its coastline. Experiencing a killer sunrise or sunset is easy in a country famed for its glorious outdoors.
Whether it's a beach with the clearest water, iconic landmarks, or best waves; Australia’s got you covered. While there are literally hundreds of gorgeous beaches coast to coast, we’ve compiled a list of the most stunning sunsets you’ll never forget. Guaranteed to impress those on your Instagram following list. Keep reading to find out what unique features these beaches have to offer for the best sunsets in Australia!
10 Bondi Beach, Sydney
Sydney’s Bondi Beach is on every traveler’s bucket list for a reason. For years, it has been boasted as one of the best beaches in Australia and one of the world’s most popular beach locations. Visitor’s can take a walk along the Coogee Coastal walk and find a spot along the coast to sunbathe.
If you’re lucky, you can witness the sun going down as you sit poolside at the famous Iceberg Pool. Costing only $7, visitors can gain access to the pool and then relax in the sauna. Enjoy the views and the sounds of the waves crashing and spilling over into the pool as the sun disappears into the turquoise water.
9 Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast
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This is peak hour on the @destinationgoldcoast...☀️ Meet Burleigh Heads Beach, home to epic eats (hi, rooftop pizza at @justinlaneest), great waves, and a national park perfect for Sunday morning strolls. Most importantly, though, you can set up shop on Burleigh Hill to watch the sun go down with a picnic and this exact view. Bliss. #thisisqueensland #wearegoldcoast by @keykodesign
While Surfer’s Paradise is known as the most popular place to surf in the City of Gold Coast, Burleigh Heads is an underrated and much calmer beach location that is slowly beginning to gain more traction. This coastal suburb spans over 2.5km to draw in surfing and swimming lovers. Nearby, visitors can also check out Burleigh Heads National Park or take a walk along James Street for some trendy shops.
Enjoy the north facing beach for a spectacular view of Surfer’s Paradise while the sun sets and turns the skyline into a stunning silhouette against the pink and violet skies. With epic eats, a national park and great waves, it’s easy to feel care-free with views like these.
8 Noosa Main Beach, Queensland
Soak up the elements at this tranquil beach on the Sunshine Coast. Not a pro surfer? Or maybe planning a trip with the family? Noosa Main Beach is perfect for those looking for a clean, uncrowded beach with gentle waves. Located 130 miles North of Brisbane, it is one of the few beaches that is north facing.
This beach offers a variety of activities like a stand-up paddleboard, surf lessons, as well as dozens of bars or restaurants on Hastings Street to check out. Set an early alarm to spot the sun rising above the horizon to witness the lavender, cotton candy like skies.
7 Cable Beach, Broome
Cable Beach is located in Broome, Western Australia and gained its name from the telegraph cable laid in 1889. This area is well-known for its 22km white sand beach stretching along the Eastern Indian Ocean. Whether you’re an early riser or just looking for a laid back evening, Cable Beach offers an oceanfront that does not disappoint.
Unique to this beach is the iconic camel rides along the shore. With brilliant bold golds and fiery reds painting the sky, it sets a perfect backdrop for a truly magical shot. From sunset drinks to 4WDs, there’s a ton to experience. A quick heads up for the more reserved among us, Cable is also known as a nudist beach!
6 Wineglass Bay, Tasmania
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For its white-sand beaches and azure waters surrounded by lush green forests, @WineglassBay in @Tasmania's stunning @FreycinetNP is one of the most awe-instilling walks of @Australia.⠀⠀ Click the link in our bio to read more.⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ #trulyaus #publishingbychelle #trulyaustralian #realaustralia #therealaustralia #ruralaustralia #regionalaustralia #outbackaustralia #australianoutback⠀⠀ #wineglassbay #wineglassbaytasmania #freycinetnationalpark #freycinetnp #discovertasmania #visittasmania #wineglassbaytasmania #walkingholidaysaustralia #wineglassbaywalk
The name itself is attractive to many wine lovers. The story of its name, however, is much less appealing. Wineglass Bay gained its name for previously being a whaling station hundreds of years ago; its waters would turn deep red after the whales would be butchered in the bay. Despite Wineglass Bay’s dark history, it is still a special place in Tasmania’s Freycinet Penninsula.
A popular area for snorkeling, diving, and bird-watching. It was once considered one of the top ten beaches in the world. Its beautiful crescent-shaped shoreline can be seen in its entirety from the lookout. A perfect location to observe the sun sink into the horizon as the sky changes from baby blues to pomegranate pink.
5 Bogey Hole By Newcastle Beach, New South Wales
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Last minute call to head to the Bogey Hole for sunrise today. The conditions were beautiful and the location did not disappoint. The Bogey Hole was constructed by order of Commandant Morisset, the second last Governor of the Penal Settlement, in about 1820 for his own personal use. He was very fond of sea bathing, and had a hole excavated in the rocks, which he used as a bath. It was known, originally as the Commandants Baths. The name Bogey Hole was applied afterwards and comes from the Indigenous word meaning to bathe. Shot with Olympus OMD EM1 MKII with 12-40mm Pro, f8, 15 sec, ISO 64. NISI 3 Stop ND with Hard GND and CLP. Sirui W-1204. Taken 10 November 2018. #em1markii #em1mk2 #olympusomd #olympusau #getolympus #olympusinspired #microfourthirds #m43movement #global_hotshotz #olympus #olympuscamera #instaphotography #photooftheday #mftfans#olympusinspired #microfourthirds #m43movement #global_hotshotz #olympus #olympuscamera #instaphotography #photooftheday #mftfans #bogeyhole #visitnewcastle #sunrise #oceanbaths #newcastlensw #visitnewcastle #mynewcastle #newcastleafoot #nisi @olympus_au @nisifiltersaustralia #siruiaustralia #oceanbaths #oceanpool @getolympus #dailybaileynsw #visitnsw
Just south of Newcastle Beach sits the oldest ocean pool on the east coast of Australia, Bogey Hole. Built by prisoners for the Commandant in the 1800s it was properly called the Commandant’s Bath. Later, this natural rock pool was named after the Indigenous Dharawal word for “to bathe”. It is located at the food of Sherperd’s Hill. While tricky to find, this little hidden gem is an extraordinary and iconic place to catch the sunrise.
It has a spectacular view of the Newcastle coastline and occasional sights of dolphins in the ocean. Not so much a beach, but it still offers a one-of-a-kind experience of having an exclusive private swimming adventure. But, be careful of the tide as waves and spray can plunder over into the pool creating dangerous swimming conditions.
4 Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays Islands
Whitehaven Beach is the largest of the 74 Whitsundays Islands between the Northeast coast of Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef. Whitehaven Beach is an award-winning beach -- rated as the #1 Beach in the South Pacific in 2017 and is known to be a top eco-friendly beach. It has a stretch of 7km of white sand, formed out of 98% silica, meaning its texture is fine and soft like baby powder.
Also, it does not retain heat leaving your feet free from the familiar feeling of burning sand against the soles of your feet. Perfect for those not wanting to wake up early to drive over to catch the sunrise, Whitehaven Beach even allows travelers to set up camp nearby. Its shore has a swirling pattern of blue-green waters, lots of wildlife, and a lush greener than green forest.
3 Bay Of Fires, Tasmania
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Bursting with pre-dawn colour – that’s just how the Bay of Fires likes it! This beautiful shot by @thegingerwanderlust invites you to find a granite outcrop of your own. While the waters might be a little chilly at this time of year, there are plenty of quiet spots to choose from to enjoy a sunny winter morning and take in views of sapphire waters, orange lichen, and squeaky white sands… Nature’s palette is bold in these parts. 🧡🎨🌊 Thanks so much for tagging #discovertasmania, Ellie.
Home to Tasmania’s most popular tourist destination is the Bay of Fires. It is named after its enormous boulders with rusty orange lichen-covered all around. This area does not offer just one stop but a coastline of beaches to visit. It provides magnificent views and multiple stops for all those selfie-loving travelers out there.
Cosy Corner North and Binalong Bay are just a couple places travelers can visit when the sun comes up. The sunny skies are painted with a combination of magenta and violet swirls spilling into the yellow sky. Climb atop of one of the many massive boulders and take in the sights of azure waters splashing over the rocks.
2 Glenelg Jetty, Adelaide
Glenelg Beach is home to, you guessed it, the Glenelg Jetty. It is close to Adelaide City. A pier that was originally 381 meters when it was built in 1859, but eventually caught fire, and was rebuilt to a length of 214 meters in 1969.
This area is known to be one of the oldest European settlements on mainland Southern Australia and is home to a small population of 35, 000 people. A clean and beautifully maintained beach has scenery with sunset colors that could be compared to a Monet oil painting. It’s the ideal atmosphere for those hopeless romantics out there.
1 Gibson Beach, Great Ocean Road
Rated as one of the best coastal drives in the world, Great Ocean Road is an experience that spans for 243 kilometers. This landmark receives over 2 million visitors per year and is the location of the 12 Apostles. The Apostles are massive limestone structures standing at about 45 meters above the ocean. Formed 20 million years ago, these gigantic stones gained their shape through thousands of years of erosion.
There are dozens of beaches that are lined along this coast, one of our favorites being Gibson Beach. Walking along Gibson Beach, down the Gibson Steps, allows travelers to get up close and personal. For the best views, beat the tourist groups by visiting during sunrise for a quiet and uninterrupted chance to marvel at the giants.