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Best Places to Watch the Sunset in Brisbane

Tuesday April 30, 2019 ● By Laura Sinclair // Place Graceville


Year round, it’s common for Brisbane to have striking sunsets which paint the sky shades of red, orange, pink and purple.

The Brisbane River winds through the suburbs reflecting the colours in the sky. The clouds above Mt Coot-tha always make for a dramatic effect.

Brisbane has the perfect environment to create a striking sunset. According Gregory Dunbar, founder of the sunrise and sunset predictor app SkyCandy, a sunset is best if there is between 30% and 70% cloud coverage, low humidity, no rainfall within 2 hours prior, high visibility and low wind speed. In Brisbane, we meet this criterion almost every day, which is why these striking sunsets are common occurrences in our river city.¹

Below we have outlined our favourite places to catch the beautiful sunsets of Brisbane.

Wilson’s Outlook

Wilson’s Outlook is an oasis in the heart of Brisbane City. The view is one of a kind, as the Storey Bridge perfectly frames the skyscrapers whilst the boats cruise past the lookout.

The lookout sits on top of the rocky cliffs, which were carved out by an old quarry. A little stretch of grass provides picnickers with a place to sprawl out and enjoy the magnificent view. 

Watch the sunlight bounce off the skyscrapers as the you relax despite being in the hustle and bustle of the inner city.

University of Queensland

Not only does The University of Queensland boast over 50,000 enrolled students, it also features picture-perfect grounds. The Brisbane River wraps around the university making it the perfect place to watch a Brisbane sunset.

Whether it’s the sunset gleaming over the old sandstone buildings or across UQ lakes, the sunsets make these backdrops look even more glorious.

Francis Lookout

Hidden in the back streets of Corinda is Francis Lookout. This lookout is perhaps home to Brisbane’s most underrated view. It boasts a stunning vista overlooking the city and stretching across towards the mountains.

The lookout spans around one acre and is the perfect place to have a picnic or kick a ball around.

Francis Lookout has lots of history which you can read about here. In 1863, the Francis family were one of the first settlers in Corinda. They are all buried at the lookout. 

As the sun sets over Brisbane, from the lookout the Brisbane CBD catches the sun’s rays and sparkles bright orange.

Nudgee Beach

Nudgee Beach is the closest beach to Brisbane CBD, however it is better for birdwatching or dog walking than swimming. Sunsets looks pretty good at this place too.

Watch the sunset reflect off the mudflats, creating a mirror effect. It's perfect for that Brisbane sunset shot. 

If it’s low tide, you can wander down onto the sand and immerse yourself amongst the reflecting colours. There is nowhere else quite like it in the Brisbane area. 

Mt Coot-tha Lookout

The mountain is on the door-step of Brisbane and provides a great view at any time of the day. However, as the sun sets over Brisbane watch the colours in the sky fade and lights of Brisbane switch on.

Whilst you look across Brisbane and pick out the iconic sites, you might even be able to spot your own house from up there. 

Woody Point Jetty

Woody Point Jetty is the perfect place to watch the sun set over the water. The jetty spans 240-metres into Moreton Bay and is located at Redcliffe just 15 kilometres from Brisbane City. 

The original jetty was constructed in 1888 and the current jetty was reconstructed in 2008.

Whilst the jetty is quite the drive from the Western suburbs, boy is it worth it for the spectacular show. On the jetty you can watch the sunset reflect over the water creating a mirror effect. 

Anstead Bushland Reserve

Located 20 kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD, Anstead Bushland Reserve is widely unknown but it’s the place to be for a sunset in Brisbane. The site was once home to a basalt quarry but now it has been made into a recreational area. 

At the reserve’s lookout you’ll see glimpses of the Brisbane River and the surrounding mountains. The 20-hectare site allows horse riding, bushwalking and barbeques. It is also home to over 130 species of animals. The lookout is just the cherry on top of this place. 

Local Anstead agent Zac Ryan says, “As it’s west facing it’s the perfect place to watch a Brisbane sunset, but bring your sunnies as it gets quite bright.”

All these Brisbane sunset locations are diverse and each carry unique qualities. So, this weekend where are you going to watch the sunset? 


1. SkyCandy, 2019