As a local of Brisbane and a keen photographer, I have gotten to know the area extremely well over the past 10 years. I have shot photography at some amazing spots in the city and surrounding areas that I will share with you that will give you plenty of inspiration and motivation to get out there and get beautiful photography in Brisbane.

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Kangaroo Point

Kangaroo Point Brisbane

Best at: Sunset

Kangaroo Point is my favourite sunset spot in Brisbane. I love watching the sun go down over the beautiful city from across the river and am able to get a great picture most of the time.

The area is a highly popular spot for tourists and locals alike, with parks, walking paths and views lining the riverbank. There is plenty of different spots to take great photography so get creative and find something unique.

Located just over the iconic Story Bridge from the city, make an afternoon of your visit to Kangaroo Point with plenty of picnic and BBQ spots to enjoy before the sun goes down.

Getting to Kangaroo Point is easy enough with free access from the city or South Bank via the free City Hopper service. There is also plenty of parking options if you are driving.

Wilson Outlook

Wilson Outlook at Sunset - Brisbane Australia

Best at: Sunset

Located not far from Kangaroo Point on the other side of the Story Bridge, Wilson Outlook is another favourite of mine for getting amazing sunsets over Brisbane city.

The spot is very easy to access now with the elevators that have been installed at Howard Smith Wharves that has been recently revamped. The area is now an extremely popular bar and cocktail area, but there are still plenty of great photo opportunities to be had.

Take a walk along the New Farm riverwalk from the city to find the perfect angle of the iconic Story Bridge and towering skyscrapers of the Brisbane CBD.

This spot is great for getting up close and personal with the Story Bridge. However, there are lots of high fences along the cliff edge, so be sure to have a good sized tripod to get over the top of them.

Shorncliffe

Shorncliffe Photography - Brisbane's Best Photo Spots

Best at: Sunrise

In my opinion, the best spot to see the start of a new day in Brisbane. Shorncliffe has been a staple for me over the past 10 years and each time I go I am always stunned at what I see and find.

With the Shorncliffe Pier that stretches out nearly 100m to sea and the kilometres of walking paths along the beach, there is hundred of different compositions to find here.

While Shorncliffe is best at sunrise with the sun coming up over the beautiful Moreton Bay, there is plenty of great light at sunset also which will have you coming back time and time again at different times of the day.

Shorncliffe is located 30 minute drive from the city centre on Brisbane’s northside. Car is the best transport option. There is a train station in nearby Sandgate, however it is a 20 minute walk to the pier.

Bribie Island

Bribie Island - Brisbane's Best Photography Spots

Best at: Sunrise/Sunset

Bribie Island is a fantastic spot for photography with pristine beaches and beautiful national parks, located just north of the Brisbane area.

Beaches are the biggest drawcard of the island, with the eastern beach Woorim Beach being perfect for sunrise, and the secluded Red Beach on the southern side of the island being great for sunsets.

However, beaches aren’t all that Bribie offers, with plenty of national park and forest area with plenty of wildlife to find and snap for a perfect photo.

Bribie Island is best accessed by car and is just over an hour north of Brisbane CBD.

Woody Point

Woody Point - Brisbane's Best Photography Spots

Best at: Sunrise/Sunset

Another popular pier is at Woody Point in Redcliffe, a short 30 minute drive from the Brisbane CBD. With plenty of landmarks and beaches in the area, you are bound to find an amazing composition wherever you look.

My favourite spots to shoot at Woody Point are on the Woody Point Pier and over the HMQS Gayundah which is a shipwreck on the beach.

Although the shipwreck is now fenced off due to erosion, there is still plenty of opportunity to get a great shot using a tripod.

The Woody Point Pier also provides a great spot to capture the sunrise over Moreton Bay.

Cleveland

Photo by Fleur Walton

Best at: Sunrise/Sunset

Cleveland, on Brisbane’s bayside is another great spot to capture sunrise and sunset shots and is more accessible if you are on the southside of the city.

While at Cleveland, enjoy an afternoon of fish and chips, walking along the beach and exploring the surrounding suburbs such as Wellington Point and Victoria Point.

Capturing great shots at Cleveland can be done at both day and night.

Mt. Coot-tha

Mt Coot-tha - Brisbane's Best Photography Spots

Best at: Sunrise

Brisbane’s favourite lookout spot! Mt-Cootha provides the best views of the city and is perfect to get a shot of the glorious Brisbane CBD.

Make sure you get up early to shoot the sunrise, with the sun rising behind the city which provides the perfect backdrop and contrast to the city buildings and roads.

Nudgee Beach

Nudgee Beach - Brisbane's Best Photography Spots

Best at: Sunrise

Nudgee Beach is another great spot on the northside of Brisbane, and is best to hit at sunrise, however I have produced great results at sunset too (see above).

The beach is littered with beautiful trees which provide a perfect interest when grabbing the light on the horizon.

If you can get up before sunrise, you will be rewarded with the sun rising over Moreton Bay and lighting up the lines in the sand beautifully.

New Farm Riverwalk

New Farm Riverwalk - Brisbane's Best Photography Spots

Best at: Sunset

I love taking a walk along the New Farm Riverwalk late in the afternoon, watching the sun set over the city and getting some snaps as the Story Bridge and CBD turn into a spectacular light show.

With the fading sunlight, combined with beautiful ambient lighting, this spot is one of my favourites in Brisbane.

Make sure you have a tripod to get longer exposure shots and see the river painted beautiful colours from the bridge and skyscrapers.

South Bank

Best at: Anytime

You will get plenty of pictures from plenty of different areas in South Bank, with hundreds of things to do and see around the parklands.

The Wheel of Brisbane is an iconic part of the city and provides the perfect backdrop to any picture you are taking.

Use your tripod and a longer exposure to get some amazing photos. Think outside the box – look for a unique angle!