People that wake up after 7am will never be able to witness one of nature's daily miracles - the sunrise. While Perth is very well known for its spectacular sunsets, many early risers (myself included) can testify that our sunrise is - if anything - just as impressive. Here are some of the best spots to catch the show.
Pinkies Beach, Rottnest Rottnest is one of only two spots in Perth where you can watch the sun rise over the ocean. What makes it even better is the backdrop of the city.
Many regard the East coast of Australia as the best location for sunrises but only in Western Australia can we get images such as this one. The sun rising over the CBD, the hills, the ocean and the incoming ships through Gage Roads - what more could you ask for!
Hillarys Lighthouse, Hillarys
Hillarys has been very popular for sunset snaps for a long time now and with good reason. The lighthouse at the end of the North Mole gives photographers the chance to get above the coastline without having to hire a helicopter.
This same lighthouse also lifts you just high enough to peer over the harbour and coastal suburbs. You can see as far south as Fremantle and north to Mullaloo. That combination is an absolute winner for sunrise panoramas showcasing our coastal lifestyle.
State War Memorial, Kings Park Every single day of the year you will be able to walk past the State War Memorial to a chorus of camera clicks. It truly is one of the most photogenic spots in Australia and the best way to get the perfect photo is to get up early.
Combining that harrowing, patriotic emotion of the state memorial with the breathtaking view of the orange glow piercing the morning sky over the city is a feeling and image that is very hard to top. Just another daily moment that those who sleep in miss out on time and time again.
Matilda Bay, Crawley Kings Park may dominate the skyline in the surrounding area but it is possible to get equally picturesque views from the foot of the iconic central park. Matilda Bay in Crawley is one such location.
Whether it be a shot through the moored boats or pointing out over the old boat sheds Matilda Bay is a peaceful, relaxing and beautiful spot to whip out your camera. When nature plays ball the morning sun and colours of Kings Park are perfectly reflected over the vast body of water west of the Narrows.
Wedge Island Yes, I am a little biased towards Wedge Island but with good reason. It is an inspiring location any time of day, and day of the year.
While the sunset over the dunes and ocean is spectacular it's the sunrises here that are most surprising. Any camper will tell you there's nothing nicer than rolling out of your swag in the morning to bright rays piercing over the distant bush with no signs of civilisation in sight.