Best Spots to Watch the Sunrise on Gold Coast

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Best Spots to Watch the Sunrise on the Gold Coast

If you're looking for a breathtaking way to kickstart your Gold Coast holiday, what better way than by watching the sunrise from one of the many amazing spots dotted along the Gold Coast? Watch as the sky turns from a dark, starry night to a dazzling sunrise, illuminating the sea and shoreline in vibrant golden hues.

But if early mornings aren't your thing, fear not. Our Gold Coast sunsets are equally as spectacular (if not more so) and offer a completely different kind of beauty to the sunrise hours. Drink up some of the best sunrise views in the region from your Ocean View Room at voco® Gold Coast - or venture out to some of the best early morning hotspots instead.

To ensure you head to the best places to watch the sunrise on the Gold Coast, here are nine local favourites to choose between


Surfers Paradise Beach

Located just a short stroll from voco® Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise Beach is an iconic spot for glorious sunrise views. Watch the day burst into life as early morning joggers, surfers, and beachgoers take to the sand. Make the most of this expansive stretch of golden sand with sunrise yoga, a relaxing shoreline stroll, or simply by kicking back with a decent cup of coffee as you watch the sunrise above the Pacific Ocean.

Biggera Waters

Just a stone's throw away from The Spit, Biggera Waters offers stunning sunrise views across the water, with plenty of great cafes and restaurants nearby for a post-sunrise breakfast. For a truly magical experience, why not hire a kayak and paddle out to Wavebreak Island? From here, you'll have picture-perfect views as the sun peeks above the horizon. Better still, Wavebreak Island offers a tranquil and serene start to your day, with hardly anyone around first thing.


voco® Gold Coast

If you prefer your sunrise views with a side serving of luxury, be sure to catch the sun making its early morning debut from our Cabana Terrace. With private cabanas and deck chairs overlooking a sun soaked Pacific Ocean, it's the perfect way to start your day on the Gold Coast. From this vantage point, watch as the sunrise washes over the glittering sea with a delicious breakfast or cup of coffee in hand. Of course, guests in our Ocean View Rooms can throw open their curtains and enjoy the sunrise from the comfort of their bed - which is possibly the ultimate way to start any day on the Gold Coast.

The Spit

Another great sunrise spot on the Gold Coast is The Spit. With sweeping views of South Stradbroke Island and the Pacific Ocean, this tranquil park is an ideal place to watch the sunrise in peace and quiet. Grab a blanket and find a spot on the grassy area, or head down to the beach to watch the sunrise over the water. Whatever your preference, The Spit is definitely one of the best spots on the Gold Coast to see the sunrise.

SkyPoint Observation Deck

With views stretching all the way from Brisbane to Byron Bay, sunrise at SkyPoint Observation Deck means waking up early (or staying out late!) for the most spectacular sunrise on the Gold Coast. Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, SkyPoint offers year round sunrise views that are simply unbeatable. Head up to the observation deck and soak up 360-degree views of Surfers Paradise, the ocean and the hinterland as they burst into life - a perfect way to start or end your day on the Gold Coast.


Kurrawa Beach, Broadbeach

Just a short walk from voco® Gold Coast, the coastal suburb of Briadbeach is the perfect place to enjoy sunrise on the Gold Coast. Providing a stunning backdrop for breathtaking sunrise views, beachfront cafes fill the air with freshly ground coffee and warm breakfast pastries and health fanatics jog along the sand. Make your way to Kurrawa Beach for unspoiled views out across the bay, or lay back near the promenade and take in the sunrise from between your toes.

Nerang State Forest

While there's no denying that an ocean sunrise is hard to beat, there's something to be said for a forest sunrise too. Less than a 15-minute drive from central Surfers Paradise, Nerang National Park offers stunning sunrise views to a backdrop of morning mist, birdsong and fresh air. Hike, bike or stroll beneath a canopy of towering gum as you watch the sun break through the leaves and branches. Set yourself up with coffee and breakfast near Nerang River for sunrise views over the banks, and make the most of bushwalks full of nature, beauty and views.


Burleigh Point & Tallebudgera Creek

With its idyllic beach and sweeping views of the Gold Coast skyline, Burleigh Point is another of the best places to watch the sunrise on the Gold Coast. Just a short 15-minute drive from voco® Gold Coast, Burleigh is a popular spot for sunrise swimming and surfing. Make your way to nearby Tallebudgera Creek mouth to watch the sunrise over the water, or find a spot on Burleigh Hill and enjoy sunrise views over the city. Once the sun has risen, enjoy an early morning dip in the calm waters of the creek before grabbing a bite to eat in the nearby town.

Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens

Located less than 10-minutes from voco® Gold Coast, the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens are the perfect place to start your day. Set on the banks of the Nerang River, wander around 31 hectares of perfectly manicured, lush grounds and parkland full of fragrant flowers, towering trees and natural beauty. With gates opening at 5 am, arrive early to enjoy a waterside walk as the sunrise spills across the gardens for a truly unique early morning experience.

Wake Up to a Gold Coast Sunrise

Whether you’re looking for time together or after some alone time, voco® Gold Coast is the perfect spot to watch the sunrise over the Gold Coast. Enjoy stylish rooms and suites, with views guaranteed to elevate your stay. Located in the beating heart of Surfers Paradise and within easy reach of the region's best activities, attractions, dining and entertainment, voco® Gold Coast is well-positioned for sunrises, sunsets - and everything in between. Book your next getaway today.

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