Sunrises and Sunsets Gold Coast

Top 13 sunrise and sunset spots on the Gold Coast

Gold Coast beaches are pretty good looking any time of day. To capture the best of the GC, do as the local Instagrammers do and head to the beach at sunrise and sunset when the light is right and the clouds are prettiest.

The early birds definitely catch the best shots as surfers take to the waves on mass, SUP crews get their morning exercise in before breakfast and seagulls, well, they are always hanging around ready to strike a pose.

Gold Coast Instagram guru Garry Norris, shared his top spots to snap across the coast from the Spit to the south of Snapper below. Don’t miss his tips on what to bring and some creative ideas to help all learner photographers and ‘grammers. Now, get snapping!

1. The Spit, Main Beach

Sunrise at The Spit, Gold Coast

Perfect for: Both sunrise and sunset.

Location: The Southport Spit (aka ‘The Spit’) is a permanent sand spit that separates Southport Broadwater from the Pacific Ocean.

Tips: The Jetty is a cool landmark to capture sunrise and locals fishing.

2. Main Beach

Main Beach Gold Coast

Perfect for: Sunrise and sunset.

Location: Main Beach.

Tips: Try your luck with a seagull or use the sun’s reflection on the golden sand as a point of interest.

3. Surfers Paradise Beach

Surfers Paradise Gold Coast

Perfect for: Sunrise.

Location: Surfers Paradise between Main Beach and Broadbeach.

Tips: You can’t miss the Surfers Paradise sign at the end of Cavill Mall. You’re sure to catch a great silhouette of a surfer at sunrise.

4. Broadbeach

Broadbeach Gold Coast sunset

Perfect for: Sunrise and sunset.

Location: Broadbeach (between Surfers Paradise and Mermaid Beach).

Tips: Don’t miss the SUP action in the morning. There’s usually loads of people around at both sunrise and sunset.

5. Nobby’s Beach

Nobby's beach Gold Coast

Perfect for: Sunrise.

Location: Nobby’s Beach.

Tips: The steps out to the water and rocks are awesome to focus on and a great way to use depth of field in your shot.

6. Miami Beach

Miami Beach Gold Coast

Perfect for: Sunrise and sunset.

Location: Miami Beach is between Nobby’s and Burleigh Heads.

Tips: The rocks along the water line are great for long exposure shots, especially when the clouds play along.

7. Burleigh Heads

Sunset at Burleigh Heads Gold Coast

Perfect for: Sunrise and sunset.

Location: Burleigh Heads near the Surf Club.

Tips: Get down low and go go go to capture these beautiful rocks and the movement of the waves or colourful reflections from the spectacular sunrise or sunset light show.

8. Snapper Rocks

Snapper Rocks Gold Coast

Perfect for: Sunrise and sunset.

Location: Snapper Rocks (between Palm Beach and Currumbin).

Tips: Give a splash shot a go at Snapper Rocks. There’s always loads of surfers around as well, plus amazing clouds and colours to capture at sunset!

9. Snapper Rocks Pool

Snapper Rocks Pool Gold Coast

Perfect for: Sunrise and sunset.

Location: Snapper Rocks pool.

Tips: Don’t miss the reflections at sunset and the cute little spikes of the Gold Coast buildings in the background.

10. Currumbin, Elephant Rock

Currumbin Gold Coast

Perfect for: Sunrise and sunset.

Location: Elephant Rock, Currumbin.

Tips: Take a wander out to Elephant Rock and the rocks around the Currumbin Surf Club. There are so many options at Currumbin with amazing views back to Surfers Paradise!

11. Currumbin

Currumbin Gold Coast

Perfect for: Sunrise and sunset

Location: Currumbin Rocks.

Tips: Try to capture the sun’s reflection in the low tide remnants.

12. Tugun Beach

Sunset at Tugun Gold Coast

Perfect for: Sunrise and sunset.

Location: Tugun.

Tips: Low tide is perfect for sunsets with pretty clouds and a bit of colour in the sky. Loads of people walk along the beach which makes it a great opportunity for a sunset silhouette.

13. Rainbow Bay

Rainbow Bay Gold Coast

Perfect for: Sunrise and sunset.

Location: Rainbow Bay.

Tips: There’s loads to shoot around the southern Gold Coast’s Rainbow Bay. Try shooting the palm trees and rock wall for starters.

Essential Sunrise and Sunset Photography Equipment

Gold Coast

  • DSLR camera and/or smartphone
  • Tripod
  • Water
  • Clothes you don’t mind getting wet and thongs/flip flops
  • Sunscreen for sunrise
  • Sunglasses
  • Snacks!

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Snapper rocks Gold Coast

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Where are your favourite sunrise and sunset spots on the Gold Coast? Share your location tips with us in the comments.