Seven Insta-worthy Rottnest Island sunset locations

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It doesn’t get much better than a sun-soaked day on Rottnest Island – taking a dip in the pristine beaches and bays, enjoying a hike along the Wadjemup Bidi trails, cycling along the scenic paths and re-fuelling at the many venues and eateries scattered around the island.

But for something a little special, you need to hang around until the sun goes down. One of our most spectacular natural attractions is a golden sunset over the Indian Ocean. The sky turns cotton-candy pink, the ocean glitters and the cool breeze kisses your skin. Whether you’re staying on the island or just taking advantage of the late return ferries, settle in for a beautiful sky show at one of our top Rottnest sunset locations.

Pinky Beach

Nestled to the north of Thomson Bay, you’ll find one of Australia’s most breathtaking beaches – the iconic Pinky Beach. If you’ve spent any time scrolling through Rottnest Island location tags on Instagram, you are bound to have come across a Pinky’s sunset! With Bathurst Lighthouse providing a scenic backdrop, Pinky Beach will impress even the most seasoned sunset-enthusiast. If you’re visiting during the weekend, why not head on over to Pinky’s Beach Club at Discovery Rottnest and enjoy some live music as the sun goes down. And what’s a sunset without a delicious Pinky’s Spritz cocktail?

Bathurst Lighthouse

If you’re looking to take your sunset spotting to a new level and enjoy some panoramic views, head on over to Bathurst Lighthouse. Here you’ll experience a huge sunset vista with uninterrupted views across the ocean. Situated on Rottnest Island’s northern edge, Bathurst Lighthouse sits on one of the highest points on the island, offering breathtaking views of Pinky Beach below. While the lighthouse is closed to visitors, you can still grab a seat at its iconic base to watch the sunset. The spot is renowned for its romance factor, with couples flocking to the lighthouse to share a moment together.

Oliver Hill

As well as a maze of underground tunnels and the most intact of all Australian 9.2-inch gun batteries, Oliver Hill is also an epic sunset spot. The hill provides an incredible lookout, offering a panoramic view over the southern side of the island, including one of the best views of Wadjemup Lighthouse. At sunset, the sun falls almost directly behind the lighthouse when viewed from here, making for a spectacular photo opportunity as the colours of the sky silhouette the iconic lighthouse.

Due to the secluded nature of the location, it is best to leave soon after witnessing the sunset to make it back to your accommodation before nightfall. And mind the Quokkas!

Garden Lake

Only a short walk from the Settlement, Garden Lake offers incredible sunset views of both the salt lake and Wadjemup Lighthouse in one picture-perfect composition. Rottnest Island’s unique salt lakes provide a visual supplement to the turquoise waters that surround the island—making it a must-stop visit for sunset lovers. Garden Lake is also a renowned hotspot for Quokka spotting, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled come dusk.

On-board a sunset cruise

There is nothing like a sunset viewed from the water, so why not try a beautiful sunset tour with Rottnest Cruises to finish off your day? Combine fishing, delicious seafood canapés and drinks with an iconic Rottnest sky show.  Charter 1 also offer a stunning perspective of golden hour on their luxury catamaran tours. From the sound of the breeze in the sails to the complimentary bubbles and antipasto, it is a blissful experience to add to your Rotto must-do list.

Vlamingh Lookout

Located on the eastern part of Rottnest Island, Vlamingh Lookout offers sunset hunters an alternate view as the sun dips into the shimmering salt lakes. The vantage point is close to the Settlement, so you can walk or ride over to the lookout, experience the sunset and make it back in time for your dinner plans.

Geordie Bay

Home to one of Rottnest Island’s largest and most popular beaches, Geordie Bay provides stunning sunset views amongst an idyllic setting. Nestled on the northern side of the island, visitors are invited to enjoy a mouth-watering meal from Geordie’s Café after basking in the evening’s lightshow.

Late bus services operate seasonally offering visitors convenient access to the bay and its attractions. Before making any plans, be sure to check operating hours at Geordie’s Café as they are subject to change throughout the year.

Tips for taking the best sunset snap.

We all want that perfect sunset shot for our social media or to show our friends, so here are our top tips on getting the best sunset shot possible. The good news is that camera phones have come so far that you don’t even need a professional camera to capture a pretty great sunset shot!

1. Ensure your camera lens is clean.
Whether you’re using a smartphone or digital camera, a fingerprint on your lens can wreak havoc on any photograph! Give your lens a quick wipe before taking photos with a soft cloth.

2. Consider composition.
Consider all elements in the image, not just our hero, the sun. What elements are in the foreground? This could be the sandy beach, the ocean, a beachside venue, or a natural landmark. Now shift your focus to the background, where is the sun? Is the skyline clear or cloudy? How do they all work together to compliment the mood you are capturing? Think about this as you frame up your shot.

3. Move around.
Don’t be afraid to change positions and capture your Rottnest sunset from different angles. Get creative!

4. Shoot wide and then zoom in.
The more you capture in your image, the more you have to work with! Then you simply zoom in and crop away anything unwanted.

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