5 Epic Spots To Catch The Sunrise On The Coast

By Alana Deghelli
15th Feb 2017

There’s good reason your morning login to Snapchat is usually littered with dreamy pink skies.

Yep, the Gold Coast sure knows how to kick start the day with an infinite roster of postcard-perfect sunrises to fill your camera roll.  So, in the interest of early-rising (or those 'one sunrise a year' types) we’ve tracked down some of the Coast’s top spots to nab that money shot and enjoy one of nature’s best erryday assets.

‘Cause you know what they say: the best things in life are freeeee!

The Spit

Main Beach

Making a bee-line for the northern end, you can never go wrong when starting your day at The Spit. There’s nothing quite like that fresh seaway breeze to wake you up, particularly when paired with the perfect roost for watching those early-morning rays melt across the ocean. With sweeping vistas to the Broadwater behind, the area is activewear-friendly with plenty of daily walkers cruising around the park and foreshore.

The Panorama


Travelling inwards and upwards, The Panorama in Tallai is popular among 4213 locals as a go-to Gold Coast Hinterland lookout. Give yourself a head start on daybreak, with a solid 20-minute drive west climbing winding roads. Upon reaching the top you’ll be treated to totally uncrowded and 280-ish degree views of the Gold Coast bathed in a glorious sunrise. Ah, the serenity.

The Observatory

Reedy Creek

Another hinterland hotspot perfect for those eager sunrise-catchers, is hidden in the hills of Reedy Creek. Bring a picnic basket loaded with breakfast treats and your furry best friend, ‘cause once you’re done admiring a sky which looks as though it would taste like marshmallows, you’ll be your pet’s fave person when you let them run wild and free in the huge dog park. There’s even 15km worth of tracks to get your Fitbit excited, too.

Point Danger & Snapper Rocks


Sure, it can be a little chilly come morning, and while dreaming about sunrises can be almost as good as catching the real thing, Point Danger dishes up plenty of reasons to forget the snooze button. It appears a few famous whales are also fond of rising early, and have been spotted cruising the coastline to catch the same view. So peeps, may we suggest you set an extra alarm tomorrow morning, and get your butt out of bed for a doubly awesome phenomenon. Make it thrice as nice, catch the whales and sunrise with a board between your legs from the Snapper Rocks surf break.

Mick Schamburg Park Lookout


There’ve been some mixed feelings over the years as to whether this hill claims the title of North Burleigh Hill or Miami Hill, though Google will insist the official landmark is in fact Mick Schamburg Park Lookout. Regardless of its designation, reaching the top after a brisk stroll along the coastline is a reward worth starting your day with. Check out the surf running from Surfers all the way to Cooly and, if you need a coffee to keep that lid securely on your shoulders, North Burleigh Surf Club’s Nectar Espresso understands those early morning feels; grinding beans from a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed 6am.

Tell us, what’s your fave spot to watch the sunrise on the Gold Coast?

Image credit: Brooke Darling for The Urban List

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