From city spots to ocean lookouts, watch Brisbane’s sunsets from all the best spots.
Catching a glimpse of the setting sun is one of life’s simplest pleasures. Whether they instill in you a sense of wonder at the great outdoors or give you a moment of peace and quiet in an otherwise busy day, sunsets are beautiful to watch no matter where you are in the world.
However, one of the best places to see the last of the sun’s rays is right here Brisbane. While they may not be as magnificent as watching the sunset from a balcony in Cinque Terre or looking out over the vast Tanzanian landscape with the setting sun in the background, Brisbane’s sunsets are still right up there with the best of the best. Lucky for you, we’ve put together a guide to where to catch the greatest sunsets in Brisbane so you can experience them for yourself, whether it’s at the end of your Intrepid journey or just at the beginning.
What time is the sunset in Brisbane?
Sunset times in Brisbane generally depend on the time of year. In the summer in Brisbane, sunset is around 18.45 and in winter the sunset is around 17.10. The longest days in Brisbane are between December and January during the summer solstice, with the shortest days around June during the winter solstice.
The best places to watch the Brisbane sunset
1. Nudgee Beach
Considered one of the best places to watch the sky turn from yellow and orange to pink and purple, Nudgee Beach is the closest beach to Brisbane’s CBD and is known for being a great spot for fishing, dog walking and bird watching. Surrounded by beautiful mangroves, this large expanse of wetlands makes for a pretty cool place to hang out during the day, but it gets even better when the sun starts to set. Watching the sun’s golden reflection on the water while listening to the sounds of nature all around you is guaranteed to be a breathtaking highlight of your trip to Brisbane.
You think you might know all the colors of the rainbow, but trust us when we say you haven’t even scratched the surface until you witness the sunset at Kangaroo Point in Brisbane’s inner city. The sunsets here are guaranteed to paint the sky nothing short of epic. Watch as the setting sun’s rays combine with the twinkling lights of the city to make a view that is nothing short of unforgettable. To get the full experience and to ensure you watch the sunset for as long as possible, why not put together a picnic and enjoy a glass of wine while enjoying the nature around you.
Spectacular doesn’t even begin to cut it when describing the beautiful view of the sunset from Manly Harbour. Just a short 30-minute drive from central Brisbane, this coastal region boasts a whole heap of fun activities from elegant dining to boutique shopping. But the best thing to do in Manly Harbor is to say goodbye to the last rays of the sun. Guaranteed to bring some magic to your evening, this spot will not only give you a breathtaking, Insta-worthy photo, but also a direct view of Mother Nature’s beauty at work. What more could you want from a sunset spot? Answer: absolutely nothing.
4. Wilson Outlook
Wilson Outlook is described as the perfect oasis that place to go to catch the sunset over the city. With a view that is filled with skyscrapers, Storey Bridge and cruise boats gliding up and down the Brisbane River (Maiwar), this place offers a unique sunset experience. Watch as the fading light reflects off both the buildings and the water, and marvel at how you can feel so peaceful even though you’re in the heart of Brisbane’s bustling and vibrant city. With a glass of your favorite drink in one hand and a tasty snack in the other, sit on the grassy areas atop the rocky cliffs and take it all in.
5. Mt Coot-tha Lookout
Prepare for the night sky to put on an absolute show at Brisbane’s Mt Coot-tha Lookout. Known as one of the best places to watch the sunset, this epic, heritage-listed lookout is located about 25 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD. The highest point in Brisbane, this lookout post allows you to look out over the city and its surrounding areas; a view that becomes 10 times greater as the sun begins to set. Watch the bright oranges, pinks and purples begin to fade as twilight draws closer, and marvel at the truly magical surroundings before you. Our recommendation? Pack a picnic, grab your travel buddies and get ready for an evening you won’t easily forget.
6. Woody Point Jetty
Located just 15 minutes from Brisbane city in Redcliffe, Woody Point Jetty spans 240 meters across Moreton Bay and was built way back in 1888. In the many years since then, the jetty has been restored and fortified, with the last rebuild taking place in 2008. Not only is it worth the drive from Brisbane to be out on the jetty itself, but Mother Nature really takes it when it comes to the setting sun. From your vantage point, watch the magnificent colors reflect on the water, pick out their different hues and marvel at their stunning mirror effect. Perfect for turning on the magic, this place is a must-stop-at if you want to enjoy the beauty of the sky.
7. Wellington Point
Another jetty, another beautiful place to say goodnight to the rays of the day. Located in Wellington Point (about 50 minutes drive from Brisbane’s CBD), this epic location is not only great for fishing, but also for enjoying the ‘last glow’. Although you must have access to a car to travel the 25 km, we promise you will not be disappointed. With absolutely breathtaking views out over Moreton Bay and Stradbroke Island, this view is guaranteed to have a calming effect on you, from listening to the gentle waves lapping against the masts to watching the light dip into the water in the middle of a burst of colors.
Your reward at the end of a day spent exploring all that Brisbane has to offer is to sit down in New Farm Park to watch some beautiful, vibrant colors light up the darkening sky. Perfect for visiting at any time of day (but especially at sunset), New Farm Park sits along the Brisbane River and offers a whole heap of activities for the young and the young at heart. But that’s not where the impressiveness stops. If you’re lucky enough to visit Brisbane during the spring months, New Farm Park comes alive with jacaranda flowers, adding a touch more color to your epic sunset.