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If you are looking for the ultimate vista of green and gold for your daybreak kick-start, the sunrise from the top of historic Mount Coolum (26 millions years old, no less) is one not to miss. Offering the most stunning view of the Sunshine Coast, the energetic walk (moderate fitness required) to the summit of this mountain is well worth the effort. The prize? An unbeatable panorama as the sun ascends to greet you. Take a packed breakkie, and lose yourself to the wonder of nature in all its glory – just allow 30/40 minutes from base to peak to get there in time for the spectacle.
Heading west out of Brisbane city, forming the eastern extent of the Taylor Range, is Mount Coot-tha, 287 metres above sea level. A favourite haunt of mine when in Brisvegas for its immense views, Mount Coot-tha offers the most outstanding sunrise snoop at the city as she sleeps, with sparkling rays bouncing off the urban landscape like a strobe. Get there before the sun has shown itself and you will be rewarded with the most spectacular display of colours as the star peeks over the horizon.
It’s not just Northern New South Wales and South-East Queensland that have the monopoly on sunrises. No, there are also some other incredible spots across Australia, including . . .