Sunset by Jo Castro
Sunset overlooking Bunbury, South West Australia by Dave Castro

Do you love a golden Sunset?

I know I do. And since we moved to Western Australia, we’ve been blessed with the most beautiful sunsets you can imagine.

WA is a fabulous place for sunsets and a stunning show of colour can take you quite by chance. As this one did us one day when we were doing a little exercise.

We were bicycling around Bunbury inlet at dusk as the sun set over Bunbury Tower (aka The Milk Carton – can you see the shape of it?). Fiery golden rays  streaked across the sky, the water, and the ancient grove of mangroves. Gorgeous.

Other places around Bunbury to sit and watch the sun go down are Back Beach, Dalyellup Beach, Koombana Bay, and Rotary Tower.

Sunset by Dave Castro
I love it how the colours and shapes of the suns’ rays and the sky change almost imperceptibly moment by moment.

Beyond Bunbury

If you’re further south, then don’t forget to stop off at Peppermint Grove, or Busselton,  Cape Naturaliste or Dunsborough. You won’t be disappointed. There are some fabulous spots in Margaret River too – try Gnarabup Beach (have a beer and a pizza at Sea Gardens Restaurant while you’re there), or head on down to Redgate Beach.

Head to the coast, and that’s not difficult, in Western Australia at dusk,  and on most evenings during spring, summer and early autumn you can be sure of a brilliant display.

Sunset Quotation

“A large drop of sun lingered on the horizon and then dripped over and was gone, and the sky was brilliant over the spot where it had gone, and a torn cloud, like a bloody rag, hung over the spot of its going. And dusk crept over the sky from the eastern horizon, and darkness crept over the land from the east.”  John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

Where’s your favourite sunset spot?

Do you have a favourite sunset spot or a post with a photo featuring a sunset or a sunrise? Why not link to it in the Comment Luv part of the comments section so that we can all have a little daydream?

If you like photo montages, then why not pop over to Little Red House’s Mosaic Monday for some more great photo stories.


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  1. Lovely golden sunsets — yes, I love them …although somehow I more often see beautiful sunrises because of the way our houses are located. Beautiful pictures .

  2. Hello, the favourite sunsets in my photo collection come from the islands just off Kota Kinabalu in Sabah many years ago. I spent three months doing coral reef surveys there and saw so many lovely sunsets behind those beautiful tinu islands, heaven.

    Your photos are lovely. The golden red colour is quite remarkable.

  3. Hi Seana, I bet the sunsets in Sabah were amazing. Very different light to Australia too? What a wonderful place to spend three months 🙂 Thanks for commenting 🙂

  4. Beautiful sunset images Jo. We certainly some magical amazing sunsets not only just over the Indian Ocean but inland too – the Pilbara and Kimberly in particular – the colour are so vibrant! And earlier this year when we were at Coral Bay we saw an incredible sunset and many people gathered on the beach to see it. You really need a bit of cloud for a great sunset. I loved the quote from The Grapes of Wrath – a high school text – perhaps I should go back and read it again.

  5. Wow, gorgeous sunset! I would love to be there watching this pretty scene. Wonderful post and photos. Have a happy week ahead.

  6. I’m a sucker for a good sunset pic. So many people poo-poo them, but I think if you can’t enjoy that one natural moment, then what can you enjoy?

  7. Too right, Linda! I think it’s also symbolic of the mystical moment of realisation that the day has come to an end, and all that has happened in that day will soon be a memory. Thanks for popping by 🙂

  8. Cheers, Jill! And yes of course, the sunsets in the Kimberley we experienced were also amazing. I’ve yet to get to the Pilbara. Agree, cloud is good for a sunset – can’t wait to see a collage of yours one of these days 🙂

  9. Ah Yes, Sallie. Sunrises are also gorgeous – heralding in the hope of a new day. Thanks for your kind words.

  10. I think you guys get the best sunsets over in WA you lucky things – I have lovely ones of Busselton pier and cable beach

  11. Aah, but you have the sunrises 🙂 Look forward to seeing yours of Busselton and Cable Beach one of these days 🙂

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