Waking up early and watching the sunrise is one of the most grounding and enjoyable ways to start the day.

Sure, you’ve got to get up while it’s still dark and sacrifice a sleep-in, but it’s definitely worth the early start. It’s a chance to reconnect with yourself and the world around you and see something naturally beautiful. If you’re a budding photographer, it’s also a great time to practice your skills. To inspire you to get out of bed and into nature, here’s a list of some of the best places to watch the sunrise.

The Spit

Starting the day with your toes in the sand is pretty much ideal. Head down to The Southport Spit and plonk down in the sand to watch the sun come up over water. The Jetty is a great spot to watch the local fisherman and take photographs.

Mt Coot-tha Lookout

It may seem like an obvious choice, but if you haven’t been up to Mt Coot-tha recently chances are you’ve forgotten just how good the views are. Take the drive up in the dark, grab a takeaway coffee and watch as the sun lights up our pretty little city.

Camp Mountain

A lesser known spot with views just as good as Mt Coot-tha, if not better, is Camp Mountain. It’s a 30 minute drive from the CBD and offers views all the way out to Moreton Bay and the Glass House Mountains from the lower north-facing lookout. Take a walk along the ridgeline to discover some of the very best views of Brisbane city.

Burleigh Heads

Sit on the grass at Burleigh Heads and look back along the coastline all the way to Surfers Paradise. The views here are stunning and the water seems to go on forever, making it a relaxing, peaceful place to reconnect. You can also watch the local surfers climbing over the rocks to paddle out and taking on big waves.

Moreton Island

If you’re lucky enough to own a boat or fancy a weekend break from the mainland, head over to Tangalooma and watch the sunrise from the top of a sand dune. Afterward, go swimming or snorkelling around the shipwrecks for the best possible start to the day. Bonus points if you’re organised enough to pack a breakfast picnic to eat on the beach.


Drive out to Scarborough and watch the sunrise over Moreton Bay, then visit the Redcliffe markets. It’s a great spot for photographs, especially as the sun rises over the boats at the Scarborough marina. Take some time out to sit by the water and unwind as the coastline comes to life.

Greenmount and Point Danger

Head to the southern end of the coast and up to Greenmount for views over Snapper Rocks, or pull up a patch of grass a few metres over the border at Point Danger. The views either way are spectacular and it’s the best place to watch the waves roll in with a cup of coffee.

Where are your favourite spots to watch the sunrise? Let us know in the comments below!