Ah, the Gold Coast. Home to some of the best brunches, the best tans and, certainly, the best sunsets. Nothing beats sipping a cold one on Burleigh Hill as those magical blue and pinks wash over the sky, but sometimes, us locals need something more…
We’ve rounded up eight of the best nooks to watch the sunset on the Gold Coast (preferably, with a glass of bubbly in hand). Gear up for a whole lot of Sunday seshes, folks—this one’s for you!
Adventuring To Springbrook’s Best Of All Lookout
Trek high up into Springbrook National Park and find yourself amidst some of Mother Nature’s best work. You won’t need binoculars for this one, GC, because your view from the hinterland right to the Coast of Byron Bay is at your fingertips. Take a picnic and a decent camera and you’re set. Believe us, the name speaks for itself!
Sipping Bubbly At Glass Marina Mirage
The perfect opportunity to get all dolled up in your best frock (and meanwhile, devouring some of the finest delicacies), Glass at Marina Mirage have put the chic back into dining on sundown. With a diverse menu comprising seafood platters, mussels and tapas share plates, there’s something for everyone. And did we mention the extensive drinks menu? All the while watching as the sky turns miraculous colours. Yes, please!
Experiencing O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat’s ‘Moonlight Crag’
O’Reilly’s, while a distant childhood memory for most of us, is serving up one of the best coastal lookouts our sunny state has to offer. Watch in awe over McPherson Range (a spur of the Great Dividing Range, The Lost World), out towards Mt Barney and Mt Lindsay and down towards the Kerry Valley. And the best part? Sip on a glass of Lona sparkling semillon offered at the retreat for peak sunset vibes.
With A Local Craft Brew At Currumbin Vikings Surf Club
Let’s face it, what would the Gold Coast be without our near and dear surf clubs? (That are totally in budget and a killer good time!) One renowned for its beaut sunset arvos with a glass of frosty Balter in hand is Currumbin Vikings; the perfect excuse for your next knock off. The pub menu is fit for all taste buds (including 2-4-1 mains on Tuesday and Thursday nights), so bring the whole family!
With The Girls At 8th Avenue Terrace
Picturesque and sat pretty above the hustle and bustle of Palm Beach, 8th Ave Terrace is your go-to location for sunset, nibbles and drinks. Enjoy a glass from their extensive and renowned wine list, or tempt your taste buds with their Fresh Crab Pappardelle or the Sliced Kingfish Sashimi. Goes down nicely, just like a sunset, wouldn’t you agree?
Stretching Out On The Burleigh Headland Bushwalk
Long walks on the beach are totally overrated once you try yourself on the Burleigh Headland bushwalk. Perfect for sundown activities, walk amidst Mother Nature’s goodness while finding some of the best sunset lookouts on your way. And the best part? End up at Tallebudgera Creek to finish. Arvo swims and sunsets, anyone?! If you’re looking for one of the best spots to watch the sunset on the Gold Coast, you’ve found it.
Surfing At Kirra Point On Sundown
We’ve driven past many times before, but nothing beats watching the sunset over the ocean and catching some of the Coast’s cleanest waves at Kirra Point. Set up a picnic, bring along a few friends and you’re set for a picturesque afternoon. Swoon!
A Romantic Date At Rick Shores
At Rick Shores, a perfect evening starts with a waterfront table, decadent cocktail and an early ‘golden hour’ dinner booking. With full-length bi-fold windows revealing views to Surfers Paradise and beyond, dining on sunset really doesn’t get much better than this. Hot tip, we urge you to try Rick’s infamous Bug Roll... You seriously won’t regret it!
Worked your way through the best spots to watch the sunset on the Gold Coast? How about rising early to catch the sunrise next.
Image credit: Destination Gold Coast