One of the most special things you can do when travelling is to watch the sunset from beautiful vantage points. There is something so magical about witnessing those last rays of golden light illuminate the vista and kiss the daytime good bye. To me, there is no better way to conclude a day of exploring than finding a still spot to sit or stand at and soak it all in as the sun goes down.
Icebergs, Bondi Beach, Australia
Do the famous Bronte to Bondi cliff walk, then wind up at Bondi Icebergs in time for a spectacular sunset over one of Australia’s most iconic beaches, cocktail in hand. The expansive ocean and picturesque cliffs dotted with quintessential Eastern Suburbs apartments and houses never ceases to make my heart flutter.
Griffith Park Observatory, Los Angeles, USA
No trip to the City of Angels is complete without enjoying a good hike. Frequented by celebrities and models alike, this is a moderate intensity climb for people with a good fitness level. You can park at the base and begin your journey up, which takes about 30 minutes to the top. It’s dry, dusty and usually hot, so bring water with you to sip along the way. Once you reach the summit, you can enjoy iconic views sweeping over the city.
Oia, Santorini, Greece
Watching the sunset over the caldera is an experience like no other. The picturesque town of Oia, perched on the cliffs of Santorini, is every bit as charming as the pictures. You can park as close or far as you like to where the cobbled streets begin, from when you’ll go by foot through the winding streets overlooking the Aegean Sea. Make sure you go early to get a good vantage spot, as crowds flock here to watch the sunset year round.
Haleakala Crater, Maui, Hawaii
The summit area of Haleakala National Park has over 48km of hiking trails, ranging from just 10 minutes to multi-day overnight trips, so there’s something for every fitness level. Whichever takes your fancy, make sure you get to the lookout above the crater to experience the mystical sunset in this land above the clouds. Be warned, the air is icy and temperatures very cold, so don’t be fooled even if you came from 35+ degrees on the beach earlier that morning.
The Cape Lighthouse, Byron Bay, Australia
The Cape Byron Lighthouse is an iconic fixture on the New South Wales coast of Australia, on the Byron Bay peninsula and is he most easterly point in Australia. From the main beach, you can take a scenic walking track that mirrors the shoreline and climb a number of stairs to reach the lighthouse and soak up the spectacular, expansive views while the sun sets over the ocean and shores of Byron.
Hvar Fortress, Island of Hvar, Croatia
The Island of Hvar is situated in the pristine waters of the Dalmatian coast and is a gorgeous town steeped in traditional culture and architecture. Up on the big hill is the old Hvar Fortress, which you can get to on foot via a 30 minute walk up. Despite the hot journey to the top, it will all be worth it when you arrive to enjoy the stunning views of the Croatian landscape, ocean and the quaint port, which becomes a sea of sparkling lights as the sun slips to the other side of the world.