The Best Spots to Watch the Sunset in Brisbane

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From golden skies ablaze with colour to picture-perfect dustings of purple and pink, nothing beats a ripper Brisbane sunset. Want to know where to catch the best sunset in Brisbane? Check out our list of prime vantage points for the ultimate date night or something exciting to do with the kids before bedtime. 

Sunset Time in Brisbane

The sunset time in Brisbane varies greatly and changes almost on a daily basis. From September to January, the sunset time in Brisbane is roughly between 5.30 pm to 6.45 pm. It's best to check the sunset time in Brisbane on the day you're venturing out to make sure you don't miss it!

The Best Spots to Watch the Sunset in Brisbane 

1. Howard Smith Wharves

With the Story Bridge and Brisbane River as the backdrop, Howard Smith Wharves offers a great location to witness a glorious Brisbane sunset. Whether you perch yourself at Mr Percival’s or find a free barstool at Felon’s Brewing Co, bask in the beauty of the changing sky at dusk with a drink in your hand.

2. Kangaroo Point

Kangaroo Point sunset
You can't beat a Kangaroo Point sunset. Image: supplied.

When it comes to chasing the best sunsets, Kangaroo Point is a no brainer. Head to the Lower River Terrace for an early barbecue dinner as you watch the sun sink into the river, or stay up top and watch the river begin to glisten below a brilliant sunset.

3. South Bank

Follow the bend in the river around to South Bank to witness golden hour from another angle. Find a patch of green on the riverfront and watch the cityscape sparkle under the setting sun. Pack an early picnic dinner or choose one of the restaurants behind River Quay Green for a bird’s eye view. If you’re lucky, you might be able to catch free live music on the green!

4. New Farm Park

On any given day, this bustling park is abuzz with parkgoers playing cricket, throwing around a footy, playing lawn games or simply sitting back and relaxing. This New Farm Park's riverside location offers a great spot to watch the sun go down over the river.

5. Mt Coot-tha Lookout

One of our all-time favourite spots to watch the sunset in Brisbane, watch the sun setting on Brisbane’s skyline from atop Mt Coot-tha. Throw down a picnic blanket and look up to the sky or head up to the observation deck for panoramic views of Brisbane and out to Moreton Bay as Brisbane’s cityscape comes alive with lights.

6. Woody Point Jetty, Redcliffe

Brisbane’s bayside offers some seriously Insta-worthy sunsets. Take an afternoon stroll along the jetty and enjoy the cool bay breeze as you watch the sun set on another day. This Moreton Bay beauty is a popular spot for sun(set) seekers.

7. Cleveland Point Lighthouse

Cleveland Point Lighthouse
Cleveland Point Lighthouse at sunset. Image source: Vinay Bellave.

A great spot if you're catching the sunset in Brisbane with the kids in tow, Cleveland Point Lighthouse is fun to visit and you can't beat that stunning landscape! The wooden shiplap lighthouse is super cute for the kids to play near, while you pop a bottle of something yummy and take in the beauty of Mother Nature. 

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