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Top 5 Sunset Spots in the Western Suburbs

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by Tom Zaunmayr (subscribe)
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Published June 4th 2014
Find the perfect spot to watch the sun set
Perth is well renowned for its beautiful sunsets and the ritzy western suburbs holds some of WA's most well known sunset destinations. Here's my pick for the top 5 sunset spots in Perth's western suburbs.

Note: for the purposes of this article the western suburbs are south of Scarborough Beach Road, west of Harborne Street/Rokeby Road/Thomas Street and north of the Swan River .

Bold Park
There are few places with better 360 degree views of the city. From Reabold Hill in Bold Park you can see the CBD, the ocean, Herdsman Lake, Rottnest, the beaches, harbours and an endless pattern-work of suburbia.

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This one from Reabold Hill was almost apocalyptic


For sunsets it's best to position your camera so you get plenty of the bush in the foreground. You have the option of including suburbs, the mount Kenneth reservoir, ocean... and of course the hill is perfect for panorama mode as well.

Herdsman Lake
It's one of the best spots in Perth to get a photo any time of day, but mornings and evenings bring out the best in Herdsman Lake. You can sit there for an hour watching the sun dip below the trees before the sky is painted sunset orange.

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The sun peaks through stormy clouds of Herdsman lake.


Find a spot on the east side of the lake, where you have uninterrupted views across the placid waters. From here you can get great shots of the sun piercing trees and bouncing off the lake. You can also wait until the clouds turn orange and reflect onto the lake itself.

City Beach
Cottesloe may feature on all the postcards when it comes to selling Perth's beaches but it can't match City Beach when it comes to watching the sun go down.

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Between the pines at City Beach


I say this because City Beach is the only place in Perth where you can enjoy local craft beer and good food in a relaxed pub with nothing between it and the beach whilst watching the sun dip below the ocean. I am of course talking about sunset dinners at Clancy's Fish Pub, a must do for all locals and travelers to our city.

Colonial Gardens
Impressive mansions, riverside views, lush green grass covered by native bushland. Colonial gardens is largely unknown outside the golden triangle but it's one of Perth's better riverside parks.

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A warm glow embraces Colonial Gardens


In the evening the suns pierces through the trees, squeezes between mansions and bounces of the river. Wherever you are in the gardens there are chances for great views and photos of the sunset.

Point Resolution
Encased by bushland on one side and river on the other, this little known patch of paradise is a great spot to catch the sun go down over the Swan River.

It's quiet, however the water here can often get quite choppy and you'll always have plenty of boats going past to play with in your photography.
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Why? Watch the sun set
When: Evening
Where: Western Suburbs
Cost: Free
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