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5 best places to see an Australian outback sunset

Sunset over Uluru | Paul McCallum
Sunset over Uluru | Paul McCallum

There's an extraordinary world to discover in the Australian outback, deeply-rooted in indigenous history and blessed with unparalleled natural beauty that's best explored sustainably on foot.

One of the magical highlights though, is when dulcet colours of orange, purple, pink and yellow paint the sunset horizon – right before the heavens shift it to a tinsel-lit night sky. The scenery just takes your breath away! Find our favourite places to view the best outback sunsets below.

Catch the most inspiring outback sunsets at these Australian wilderness destinations
 

1. Nitmiluk National Park, NT

Relax in the evenings watching the breathtaking sunsets on the Jatbula Trail |  <i>Linda Murden</i>

Who needs a TV when the sunset colours on the Jatbula Trail will deliver a HD experience like no other. Set against dramatic backdrops of Biddlecombe Cascades, Crystal Falls and 17 Miles Falls, each of the unique wilderness campsites will make each night feel like a memorable episode you don't want to end.

• EXPERIENCE IT: Jatbula Trail >

2. Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges, SA

Bask in the glow of striking sunsets at Wilpena Pound |  <i>Adam Bruzzone</i>

Gain a real sense of isolation as you absorb the spectacular sunset horizons on our Flinders Ranges treks and Arkaba walk. These outback adventures take in the natural surroundings of Wilpena Pound and the Elder Ranges in its distinct chromatic beauty. 

• EXPERIENCE IT: Flinders Ranges walks >

3. West MacDonnell Ranges, NT

Enjoying a sunset on the Larapinta trail |  <i>#cathyfinchphotography</i>


From towering rock formations to desert plains and unspoilt cooling pools, the inspiring skies on the Larapinta Trail will bring to life the spirit of Australia's Red Centre and beyond. The heart of the West MacDonnell National Park will reveal itself with each hue of colour that unfolds at sunset – and our exclusive semi-permanent eco campsites will give you the best seats in the house.

• EXPERIENCE IT: Larapinta Trail walks >

4. Karijini National Park, WA

Oxer lookout at Karijini National Park

As you explore ancient gorges and soak in idyllic swimming holes, end the day at an eco retreat with a sumptuous campfire meal and an incredible sunset to match. The wide-stretching outback skies will make it an unforgettable Down Under experience. 

• EXPERIENCE IT: Karijini National Park & Ningaloo Reef Adventure >

5. Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles), WA

We explore the stunning Piccaninny Gorge on foot in splendid isolation |  <i>Steve Trudgeon</i>

As daylight lapses and you settle in at your Piccaninny Gorge campsite, you'll have front row seats of the incredible Bungle Bungle red cliffs that transform with the setting sun. The desert area is best explored during the season's cooler winter months, which can also provide the best time to watch the sky change from a spectacular deep azure to a magical brushstroke of colours. 

• EXPERIENCE IT: Bungle Bungles & Piccaninny Gorge Trek >

Have a destination that should make the list? Let us know in the comments below.
 

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