Soaked in Sunsets – WA’s Best and Where to FindThem
Is Western Australia Australia’s top state to catch a sunset? You decide.
While it may not be backed by hard science, there’s a few solid reasons to think so. One might be the fact that, unlike the east coast, the sun sets over the ocean in the west, transforming not only the sky but the water from pastel silvery blue to deep indigo. Maybe it’s the fact they’re so frequently breathtaking with vivid orange and pinks that paint not just the horizon but the whole sky, so it’s visible from pretty much anywhere. Either way, watching a sunset in WA is a completely new experience every time, which is why Western Australia’s sunsets shouldn’t be missed.
To see a WA sunset at its very best, try one of these vantage points:
A trip up to Ningaloo Station is worth every kilometre driven along the salmon pink strip to reach its untouched wilderness. Land on a near-deserted beach (minus other campers) to find the sunset over a never-ending horizon, viewed either up in the dunes or down below on the shore.
Live out the quintessential Australian postcard dream at Cable Beach. It’s almost always a bright-orange sunset and you’ll likely see silhouettes of camels carrying tourists single file along the beach to complete the scene.
The breathtaking Nature’s Window at Kalbarri features layered red rock that’s been eroded by wind to create a porthole that frames a view of the Murchison River. It’s the ideal vantage point to catch a dramatic view of the sunset, and there’s also plenty of flat surfaces to whip out a picnic blanket; BYO beers, wine and snacks for the show.
The largest inner-city park in the world, Kings Park boasts the best views of Perth City and a metropolitan view of the sunset. Surrounded by native Australian gardens and plenty of spots to post up for a picnic, Kings Park is the ideal way to spend an afternoon.
With water that’s crystal blue for miles and sunset skies that turn magenta pink, yellow and orange, catching a sunset after a warm blue day in Esperance is like the rainbow-coloured icing on an already excellent cake — a must-visit for anyone travelling WA.
While it’s hard to perch yourself in a bad spot for sunset at Cottesloe, the Civic Gardens might be the ultimate place, with cascading gardens and BBQ areas that offer stunning views of Cottesloe beach framed by Norfolk pines and immaculately-kept gardens.
When you’re living island-life, watching the sunset is a way of life and while you can’t go wrong anywhere on Rottnest — Thompson Bay might be one of the dreamiest places to catch it. On a still summer’s day, the sound of moored boats gently rocking with the current, warm air and holiday vibes in the bay are just magical — the perfect spot to see the day off.
Surrounded with beautiful art, a large carpark and a BBQ area shaped like the shells you’ll find on the beach, Surfers Point is a built-up spot to catch a sunset when you want to have an easy picnic or a BBQ.
130 million years of history are fossilised in the coastal flats around Broome. The prints are the most diverse and abundant on the planet, and the area is fast becoming known as “Australia’s Jurassic Park.”
Picture yourself coasting along, cruising past tall timber forests and lush valleys, and winding around coastal roads beside rolling surf. The best part? Being able to stop when and where you want to explore the scenery and sample delicious produce.