20 sunsets you should definitely experience in Australia

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Sunsets – who doesn’t love them? The chasm between day and night, when the sky ignites with golden, vivid light and celebrates the day that has just been.

Australia is home to some unparalleled, enchanting sunsets over incredible landscapes. In all seriousness, it’d take a list of 50 or 100 sunset picks to get even close to shortlisting even the best Australia has to offer. So in no particular order, here are some: 20 sunsets that you should definitely experience in Australia.

20 sunsets you should definitely experience in Australia

1. Cable Beach, Broome (Western Australia)

Think twenty two kilometres of flat, white sand, red ochre cliffs, turquoise water, balmy weather… and camels. Cable Beach in Western Australia takes the cake.

20 sunsets you should definitely experience in Australia

2. Uluru (Northern Territory)

Nature’s playground for specatular colours and profound silhouettes is definitely at Uluru and Kata Tjuta in central Australia. Here you’ll find dune walks, hot, deep red rocks and a three hundred and sixty degree scenic view extending to the horizon. A place where Australia’s heartbeat is strong.

20 sunsets you should definitely experience in Australia

3. Kingston (South Eastern Australia)

Two hundred and forty kilometres from Adelaide, South Australia, and sitting pretty on Lacepede Bay you’ll find Kingston – home to wine makers, cattle grazing, fishing and spectacular sky shows.

20 sunsets you should definitely experience in Australia

4. Sydney Harbour Bridge (New South Wales)

Catch the last glimpses of the day and watch Australia’s most iconic icons illuminate from one of the many vantage points of Port Jackson, more commonly known as Sydney Harbour.

20 sunsets you should definitely experience in Australia

5. Cape York Peninsula (Queensland)

In Far North Queensland you’ll find Cape York Peninsula – one of the last remaining, and beautifully unspoiled, wooded savannah wilderness areas on earth.

20 sunsets you should definitely experience in Australia

6. Coober Pedy (South Australia)

A small town in Northern rural South Australia, home to scorching and harsh daytime heat, “dugout” underground homes and incredible sunset displays.

20 sunsets you should definitely experience in Australia

The pristine waters of Punsand Bay

7. Punsand Bay (Queensland)

Also known as the northern-most point in Australia. Watch the sun set over the Arafura Sea in the Indian Ocean.

20 sunsets you should definitely experience in Australia

8. Mindil Beach Darwin (Northern Territory)

Here you’ll also find sunset markets, boasting a plethora of street food, buskers, a vivid atmosphere and yes – a golden sunset. The sunset markets are open every Thursday and Sunday evening between May and October. You’ll love!

20 sunsets you should definitely experience in Australia

9. Moonta Bay (Yorke Peninsula, South Australia)

A well-loved seaside town, home to fishermen, sandy coves, and crystal clear waters, you’ll love this spot to breathe in a golden sunset. Moonta Bay is located on the shores of the Spencer Gulf in South Australia.

20 sunsets you should definitely experience in Australia

10. Kakadu National Park (Northern Territory)

A drawcard in Australia is definitely Kakadu National Park. Nearly half the size of Switzerland, Kakadu National Park is an enormous nature preserve with a plethora of plant species, bird species and other wildlife – like saltwater crocodiles. Don’t miss the sunset here!

20 sunsets you should definitely experience in Australia

11. Noosa Heads (Queensland)

Well, you have to see a sunset somewhere on the sunshine coast – it just makes sense! And Noosa Heads is a pretty beautiful place to do so.

20 sunsets you should definitely experience in Australia

Byron Bay + Hinterland

12. Byron Bay + Hinterland (New South Wales)

We’ve already sung the praises of this beautiful pocket of Australia, located in the far north-eastern corner of New South Wales. Byron Bay is home to crystal ocean waters, flooded sunshine, a big surf culture – and yes, the sunset!

20 sunsets you should definitely experience in Australia

13. Hervey Bay (Queensland)

Known for whale watching and a dreamy subtropical climate, Hervey Bay is a few hours drive from Brisbane and offers a stellar sunset experience.

20 sunsets you should definitely experience in Australia

14. Bell Gorge, The Kimberley (Western Australia)

You’ll find the exquisite Bell Gorge about 30 km off the Gibb River Road, North East of Broome.
Expect a (very) rough road to get there, but this sunset is well worth every bump.

20 sunsets you should definitely experience in Australia

15. West Beach (South Australia)

South Australia has a smattering of beautiful spots to watch jaw-dropping sunsets, and just quietly, my favourite pick will always be West Beach. Here you’ll find pastel sunrises and golden sunsets, without the crowds.

20 sunsets you should definitely experience in Australia

16. Newcastle (New South Wales)

North of Sydney and at the mouth of the Hunter River is Newcastle. Go here for a pretty vista overlooking the wharf.

20 sunsets you should definitely experience in Australia

17. Longreach (Queensland)

In Central West Queensland and sitting right on the Tropic of Capricorn you’ll find Longreach. Fun fact? Here, the streets are named after species of birds, with streets running north-south named after land birds, and east-west directed streets named after water birds. Back to the sunsets… you can find exquisite ones here, over the Thomson River.

20 sunsets you should definitely experience in Australia

18. Adelaide Hills (South Australia)

As a world-famous wine producing region, the Adelaide Hills are a part of the Mount Lofty Ranges, but in close proximity to the Adelaide plains CBD. Highly recommended? A local wine enjoyed together with an exquisite sunset.

20 sunsets you should definitely experience in Australia

19. Ord River, The Kimberley (Western Australia)

The Ord River is home to red ochre cliffs, mangrove forests, lagoons and floodplains. A catamaran sunset cruise here is the perfect way to breathe in Australian landscape.

20 sunsets you should definitely experience in Australia

20. From a plane (anywhere)

Last but not least – watch the sky change from the best seat available – a plane! Sunsets from the thirty thousand feet are almost guaranteed to be spectacular.


Where’s your favourite sunset spot in Australia? In the world?

WOW Contributor

Story by World of Wanderlust contributor Emma Kate.



  1. scat.monika@gmail.com'


    December 10, 2015

    Australia sunset definitely must be on creative experience should be presenting unique.

  2. nastasyak@hotmail.fr'


    August 23, 2015

    Amazing pics, reminds me of my amazing year backpacking around Australia with my van, thank you!!!
    Mindil beach in Darwin will remain my best memories. But I must say that Coral bay sunsets (WA) are also astonishing 😀

  3. lisa@stentvedt.no'


    August 17, 2015

    Wow, this makes me extra excited to go to Australia this winter!

  4. emma.c.hayes@hotmail.co.uk'


    August 17, 2015

    Rainbow beach just South of Hervey Bay has some pretty epic sunsets!

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    August 15, 2015

    Wow, amazing photos and sunsets! I haven’t made it to Australia, but theres some pretty great ones in New Zealand too, and I’m definitely going to watch some when/if I visit Australia! 🙂

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    August 15, 2015

    I’m surprised Sydney Opera House isn’t on this list. We saw some pretty ones there!

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    August 14, 2015

    Since Victoria is sadly missing from this list, I’ll definitely throw in Wilson’s Promontory (such amazing sunsets there over the beach) and Great Ocean Road (I particularly like the Lorne sunset).

    But I totally agree this is a hard list to shortlist for sure!!

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    August 14, 2015

    Gorgeous sunsets… I’d love to visit Australia see one of these. But sunsets in Hawaii are pretty amazing, as well. Just pick a beach–any beach–over here and get comfortable.

  9. monika@violetroots.com'


    August 14, 2015

    From a plane can always be stunning! I saw it from the harbour bridge.


  10. patty_hon@hotmail.com'


    August 14, 2015

    I love sunsets and never get bored of taking photos of them 🙂

  11. carmen@carmensluxurytravel.com'

    Carmen | Carmen's Luxury Travel

    August 14, 2015

    I never get tired of seeing sunsets and the beautiful colors of the sky. I especially like the ones from Australia. Stunning photos!

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    Daniel | Dan Flying Solo

    August 14, 2015

    Some seriously beautiful shots here. On route back to Australia for a second time so can focus on sunsets not exploring this time!

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    August 14, 2015

    Wow, Cable Beach!! I need that! Must be so relaxing to see all these amazing sunsets 🙂

  14. lovelyforliving@yahoo.de'


    August 13, 2015

    The sunsets in Australia are beyond stunning – loved it, I had the best sunset in the outback! And those pictures are amazing!
    Happy travels,

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    Leonie Parker

    August 13, 2015

    Amazing pictures. They have really made me miss living in Australia. Wish I was back there now.

    Leonie ♥

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    Mitesh Shere

    August 13, 2015

    Pics are just awesome! I think I must go there, thanks for sharing.

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    August 13, 2015

    I think my favourite sunset ever has to be at Sugarloaf Rock in Margaret River, it’s sooo beautiful, especially if there are a few clouds in the sky!

    C x

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    EmilyAnne (Eat All Over The World)

    August 13, 2015

    I have got some traveling to do! Wonderful pictures!

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    Katie @ Second-Hand Hedgehog

    August 13, 2015

    Gorgeous! I spent 12 months living in Australia a few years ago, and this just makes me want to hop straight on a plane and go back there. Definitely saw some incredible sunsets while I was there, but there are quite a few places in this list that I didn’t get to. I guess it’s just another good reason to go back!

    I particularly loved the sunset at Uluru – though Jake’s Point in Western Australia was probably my favourite of the trip:

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    August 13, 2015

    Sunsets at beaches or lakes are the best <3

    x Val from Valerie Randomness

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    Zoe Joy

    August 13, 2015

    Australia is so special and unique. Each sunset is different from the next. There’s always somewhere new to adventure. I’d love to wander over to your beautiful country and take some sunset shots for myself! It’s not a dream of mine to travel Australia for nothing. Thank you for the inspiration!❤️

  22. bohar.maja@gmail.com'


    August 13, 2015

    Are all of these you photos? Amazing! 🙂 Kakadu National Park (Northern Territory) is my favourite.
    x M.

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    Melissa Giroux

    August 13, 2015

    I love sunsets! I had the chances to see a lot of sunsets in Australia and it is so beautiful! My favourite one were in the West part on the Indian Ocean.. Wow!

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    Katharina @ Kate goes Global

    August 13, 2015

    Just… Wow. Can I move to Cable Beach, please?
    I really need o make it back to Australia, pronto!

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    Holly smith

    August 13, 2015

    Wow! I am a complete sucker for sunsets. Half my camera roll is full of them but these are amazing! Definitely need to add Australia to my travel list.

    Holly xx

  26. noorraats@hotmail.com'


    August 13, 2015

    You forgot the sunset at the twelve apostles 😉
    I was there in 2002 and absolutely loved that sunset.
    Later we went to Uluru, but there was a sandstorm so we didn’t see the sunset there…

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    August 13, 2015

    Oh wow that looks spectacular! I wanna visit Australia so much and you just made me want to go even more. Thanks Emma!

    Love, kerstin

  28. verafromtheblog@gmail.com'


    August 13, 2015

    Beautiful pictures! I was in the Harbor Bridge for sunset and what an amazing view we had there!!! Australia is so unique and I wish I could have seen more of it when I was there! With love,

    | Bloglovin

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    August 13, 2015

    Loving the first two.. look like a dream<3

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    Joy Della Vita (Lisa)

    August 13, 2015

    AAAWWW, they are all so pretty <3


  31. hummingbirdawayblog@gmail.com'


    August 13, 2015

    The sunsets here make me feel so lucky to live at Cable Beach. Love this post!

  32. elch77@gmx.at'


    August 13, 2015

    These views are not more or less spectacular than thousands of others.
    All the pictures live solely from the memories of the photographer.
    Something which in my opinion is absolutely unique.

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