12 Amazing Sunset Spots along The South West Edge

Western Australia has to be one of the best places in the world to watch the sun go down.

As you traverse along The Edge, you’re going to experience some of the most incredible sunsets you’ve ever seen. The scenery and landscape you’ll travel through on this road trip is so varied, which means one day you might watch those orange, pink and golden hues spread across a sky surrounded by giant forest, and the next you’ll watch it sink into the sparkling Indian Ocean. Wherever you are, when it comes to late afternoon, pack up a picnic and a sundowner and head to these spots for an evening you won’t forget.

We’ve complied 12 amazing sunset spots along The South West Edge for you to add to your itinerary and get some insta-worthy shots! Enjoy!

Pinky’s Beach Club – Rottnest

There are few better ways to enjoy a classic Western Australian sunset than overlooking the ocean with a cocktail in hand! Located next to the iconic Bathurst Lighthouse on Rottnest Island, perch yourself at the Pinky’s Beach Club for the afternoon as the sun disappears into the horizon, whilst sipping on some delicious cocktails. Boasting one of the most spectacular beach views on the island, we highly recommend this spot for your next island sunset.

Fremantle Beaches

The coastal city of Fremantle is perfectly located for an afternoon in the sun. With incredible beaches scattered along the coastline, you can enjoy a dip, drop the board in or simply lay on the sand relaxing. For an epic sunset, check out Port Beach, Leighton Beach or South Beach to name a few, or if you want to sip on a cold beer, toes in the sand whilst the sun goes down, head to the beach lounge area at Bather’s Beach House.

Bunbury Lighthouse

Walking distance from the Bunbury CBD is the Bunbury Lighthouse, a fantastic place along the coast to watch a classic WA sunset. You can’t miss the black and white checkered paint marking the location of the Lighthouse as you drive around town, which provides for a great photo opportunity of the iconic landmark. You might even be lucky enough to spot some dolphins frolicking in the ocean waters as the sun dips behind those sparkling ripples of the ocean.

An aerial image shows four blue boat-houses a the beginning of Busselton Jetty with pastel pink and purple sunset sky to show the beautiful tourist attractions on The South West Edge road trip
Busselton Jetty at sunset

As you traverse along The Edge, you’re going to experience some of the most incredible sunsets you’ve ever seen. The scenery and landscape you’ll travel through on this road trip is so varied, which means one day you might watch those orange, pink and golden hues spread across a sky surrounded by giant forest, and the next you’ll watch it sink into the sparkling Indian Ocean.

Canal Rocks, Yallingup

Don’t be surprised if you aren’t the only person here, this hotspot is a firm favourite with those looking to get that Insta-worthy sunset shot. Scramble through the rocks to find your perfect viewing point and a spot to enjoy the sky show. This scenic place is somewhere you can spend all afternoon exploring, marveling over the rock formations, and looking out over the crashing waters.

Margaret Rivermouth and Surfers Point

The section of beach where the Margaret River joins the ocean sure is a sight to see. Plan to spend the day here, hiring SUP boards, kayaks and more to frolic in the calm river waters. Paddle your way down the river as it narrows, then turn around and head back to the beach side for sunset. Watch the waves roll in as the sun sets in the background, making for the perfect beach day out. Around the corner is Surfers Point, which is a great place to perch up and watch the surf as day turns into night.

Tank 7 Scenic Lookout, Nannup

Follow the signs to Tank 7 lookout, and we promise you will not be disappointed with the views that await you. Watch the colours of the valley burst under the sunset as you marvel from one of, if not the best vantage point in town. Nannup is a great place to relax, recharge and get closer to nature, and a beautiful sunset at the end of the day is sure to have you feeling this way.

Yeagarup Sand Dunes, Pemberton

While Pemberton is widely known for towering trees and forests, we can’t forget about the must-see Yeagarup sand dunes. With dunes reaching 40 metres above the trees, you’ll be at an incredible vantage point for a sunset. Driving through the D’Entrecasteaux National Park to get to the dunes is an incredible experience, especially as the sun shines through at a lower light casting shadows on the sand. The sight of endless sand dunes is quite mind-blowing, especially with the surrounding colours from a sunset you’re sure to never forget!

Lights Beach, Denmark

Just 6km out of Denmark town is Lights Beach, a crowd favourite for long beach walks and watching the sunset over William Bay National Park. Head to the look out and strap yourself in for an amazing sky full of bright yellow and orange colours as the sun rays shine down. You can sometimes be lucky enough to see Humpback and Southern Right whales in the water, so keep the camera at the ready!

Albany Wind Farm

With winding pathways and many spots to stop and look out at the ocean, the Albany Wind Farm is an incredible place to experience a South West sunset like no other. Get up close and person with the wind turbines and see just how big they really are. Peer along the coast to see the turbines fade off into the distance and be amazed by the incredible views that sweep the entire coastline. This experience should definitely be on your South West Edge road trip itinerary!

East Mount Barren, Fitzgerald River National Park

If you are into hiking, head to East Mount Barren for an epic sundowner. Located on the eastern edge of the Fitzgerald River National Park near Hopetoun, the views from the top are well worth the effort but do leave time to return to the base before the sun fully disappears. If you are not a hiker, don’t worry, as the views from the East Mount Barren car park are some of the best in the park!

 

Observatory Point and Lookout, Esperance

One of the best places in Esperance to experience a sunset is observatory point and lookout. With a viewing platform and staircase, head here just in time for the sun to start lowering into the ocean for some amazing colours and sunrays lighting up the sky. The photo opportunities here are endless, so make sure the camera is charged and start snapping!

Wave Rock, Hyden

On your return back to Perth along The Edge, stop in at Wave Rock to experience this inland gigantic wave standing 15m tall. If you’re lucky enough to be staying in Hyden the night, or driving through in the evening, make sure you’re at Wave Rock for the sunset. The colours of the rock appear to change at different times of the day as the sun moves around in the sky, casting shadows from the wave, and sometimes making it seem even larger!

Silhouttes of four people against a deep pink cloudy sunset sky shows natural beauty found along The South West Edge road trip of south western australia
Epic sunsets en route along The Edge

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