Kawana looks pretty good any time of day, but there’s something extra special that happens during sunrise and sunset that’s hard to beat.

It could be the fairy floss skies, or maybe the golden glow that casts over the sparkling water. We think it’s all of the above.

From the beaches to the rivers and beyond, we’ve rounded up the best spots to catch the best views during ‘golden hour’!

Point Cartwright – Sunrise & Sunset

At the northern end of Kawana Beach, this headland offers up some of the most stunning views on the Sunshine Coast.

Point Cartwright headland, Kawana

Point Cartwright headland, Kawana

Looking in a north-west direction, you have a bird’s eye view of the fairy floss sunsets over Mooloolaba, Mount Coolum, Alexandra Headland, Maroochydore Beach and the beginnings of Cotton Tree. Walk to the other side of the headland and you get a straight shot right down the coastline all the way to Caloundra as the sun rises.

Kawana Beach – Sunrise

Looking for that moment when the sun peeks its head over the horizon with nothing but water and sand in your view? Kawana Beach is ready and waiting for you!

The sun may get up super early in the summer months, so we opt for winter sunrises on this stretch of sand.

Kawana Beach sunrise

Kawana Beach sunrise

Lake Kawana Jetty – Sunset

Jutting out over Lake Kawana, this jetty makes for perfect end of day viewing. Relax as the sky changes colour before your eyes.

The Canals – Sunset

What’s better than sunset from land? Viewing it from the comfort of a canal cruise of course!

Sunset Cruise in the Mooloolah River with Coastal Cruises Mooloolaba

Sunset Cruise in the Mooloolah River with Coastal Cruises Mooloolaba

Cruise through the Mooloolaba Harbour and around Minyama Island with Cruise Mooloolaba, Coastal Cruises Mooloolaba or Mooloolaba Canal Cruises and enjoy some local seafood and a show as the sky changes from blue to pink and indigo.

Kawana Waters Hotel – Sunset

Kawana Hotel, Sunshine Coast

Kawana Hotel, Sunshine Coast

With a prime location on the Mooloolah River, sunset is the perfect time to dine at Kawana Waters Hotel!

Grab a drink, order some food, and enjoy the view over the Kawana Waters Marina as nature puts on a show. There is even a big play area for the kids so you can kick back while they keep themselves entertained. Bliss.

Bokarina Beach – Sunrise

Take your 4-legged friend to watch the sunrise with you at dog-friendly Bokarina Beach.

From Insta-worthy beach entrances to uninterrupted views of the horizon, you won’t regret starting your day here.

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