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Best places to catch sunrise in Brisbane

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There is nothing as magical as watching the sky turn into all shades of golden. Brisbane with its east coast location, offers some pretty epic sunrises. And we have put the best spots around Brisbane to see the sky light up various shades of pink, orange, yellow and red as we welcome the new day.


But first things first, set that alarm, for a summer sunrise the first light shows as early as 4.44am, meaning winter is the best time to rise early as it pops up as late as 6.38am in June and July.


Newstead house / Teneriffe Riverwalk

This is one of Brisbane’s best urban walks with secluded bush, city vistas, river broadwalk, cafes, antiques and artisan bakeries – and the unique ambience of Teneriffe’s leafy streets encased by the old brick wool stores. This stretch of walkway which begins at New Farm Park and heads alongside the Brisbane River through Tenerrife and past Newstead House offers a wonderful vantage point to watch the sunrise. Malt Pier at Newstead is a hidden gem for sunrise.





Story Bridge

You can’t go past a more iconic Brisbane sunrise location than the Story Bridge. Set your alarm clock and make the effort to capture this magnificent sunrise location.

You can also start your day with a climb on the Story Bridge! The climb time begins before sunrise. The early birds catch the worm as the sun breaks its way across the horizon capturing an unforgettable moment for all climbers.

Take in a full 360-degree panorama of Brisbane and its surrounds. From the Glass House Mountains to Moreton Bay and south to the Scenic Rim, enjoy the best views as Brisbane wakes up and welcomes another day.




Kangaroo Point

Park at the top of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, take in the sunrise and walk towards South Bank when you’re ready to take on the day. If it’s a Saturday and you’re extra keen, Park Run (a free 5km times run) starts at 7am and offers a pre and post stretch and the chance to have coffee with fellow runners afterwards – what a way to wake up!




South Bank Parklands

Capture the sunrise from South Bank Parklands and you are in for a treat. With the sun rising over Kangaroo Point Cliffs and then breaking into a golden glow over the Brisbane River and Streets Beach it’s definitely a beautiful location to start a new day.




Mt Coot-tha

Mt Coot-tha is famous for its sunrises and is well worth the early start. Watch Brisbane wake up with one of the best views the city has to offer. Think panoramic views dotted with wispy white clouds glowing with the light of the morning sun. If you are feeling adventurous, take on one of the walking trails and hike your way to the summit just in time to meet the sun.

From a viewing point set atop a mountain you are guaranteed to have some of the best views around for break of day. Only a 20 minute drive from Brisbane, this spot is the perfect place to start your day! There is a café at the summit where you can take in the panoramic view and your favorite coffee.




Wellington Point Jetty

Bring in the day break with a walk out to Wellington Point Jetty, which boasts breathtaking views out over Moreton Bay and Stradbroke Island. The colorful skies come alive at sunrise, but storm clouds also make for moody mornings worthy of a feature on your Insta feed.




Woody Point Jetty

While this spot is good for a sunset, it really shines with the rising sun. So pick a spot and watch the sun come up over the water. With lots of cafes nearby, you’ll also be able to satisfy all your post sunrise breakfast cravings.




Manly Boat Harbour

This location, as you can tell by the name, houses many boats along the esplanade and most likely an empty jetty. You’ll probably have ample opportunity for still water photographs, with reflections from mangroves and bobbing vessels, as well as the outstretched jetty. If you’re up already, maybe you’ll even consider your hand at fishing for the morning?


This beautiful boatyard will bring some magic to your morning as the sunrise sets the bay alight. Baysiders love to gaze out over the bay every day at dawn, and the resulting shots are a regular feature at the Manly Creative Markets.




Nudgee Beach

What better way to start your day than by watching the sunrise over the rippled sands of Nudgee Beach? Nestle in amongst the mangroves as you watch the water turn to gold before your very eyes. Plan your visit on a day when low tide strikes at sunrise, for some seriously stunning reflection shots guaranteed to take your breath away. You’ll get to watch the sunrise reflect across the water, but the real hero is the exposed, light bathed and rippled sand.


If your special someone is furry and has four legs, this sunrise spot is perfect for them to tag along. Nudgee Beach is popular amongst dog owners as there is an off leash park and the beach allows for running with your canine (perhaps wait for the sun to rise first). This location is a photographer’s and Instagramer’s dream, as the first light creates amazing reflections in the water from the mangroves.


Shorncliffe Pier

Stretching out into the gently lapping waves of Bramble Bay, the iconic Shorncliffe Pier is one of Brisbane’s most picturesque waterfront retreats. Swing by at sunrise and watch as the golden rays of the morning sun slowly stretch across the sky. Be sure to nab some shots from the shore—the pier makes for one heck of a backdrop. Stroll down the pier to get as close to the sunrise as possible and watch as the ocean mirrors the sky.



Cleveland Point

Head out to Shore Street, Cleveland Point to watch the sunrise over Stradbroke Island and Peel Island, once there you can explore the old lighthouse and enjoy breakfast and authentic Italian hot chocolates at the Lighthouse Café (8am weekdays and 7am on weekends).



There you have your recipe for everyday magic. Stir up and show up to greet the morning sun.

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