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Updated by Joanna James on Jun 23, 2019
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The Best Photography Locations in Brisbane - find out where the pros go for the best shots!

Brisbane is a beautiful city at any time of the day, but there are several special spots around the city that are perfect to capture its beauty through a lens. Here's a couple of the best locations.



Southbank is a popular spot, night or day - and one of the reasons for its popularity is the beach, which is the only inner city beach in the country. In reality, it is actually a large lagoon with soft white sands that overlook the city. A promenade stretches along the sides, providing space for walking paths, restaurants and lively markets where locals spend their weekends. Explore along the promenade to capture the city from a different angle, or hitch a ride on the Brisbane Wheel, which is itself pretty photogenic, for a higher vantage point.


Cleveland Point

A part of the Brisbane bay area, Cleveland Point is where the locals go for picnics or to indulge in some time out on the water with their fishing rods. It's a favourite location among photographers due to the old wooden jetty that faces west, thus providing ample opportunities for sunset pictures. There are also some old trees in the water, which on a calm day, proving interesting compositions. There are lots of trees in the water too which always makes for a nice composition on a calm day.



Situated on the northern side of the Brsbane Bay area is the suburb of Shorncliffe, most celebrated for its picturesque pier. The timber pier is the city's oldest and popular among both locals and tourists alike. For a photographer, There is plenty to photograph here, with wide open skies, poles in the water, a mini beach and the old pier itself.


Kangaroo Point cliffs

If you love capturing pictures of sunsets, Kangaroo Point cliffs is the place to be. Have a look around various points of the cliff before settling in as the sun starts to set behind the city skyline, and the sky breaks out into various shades of orange and pink. Glittering skyscrapers, commercial buildings and even some hotels in Brisbane CBD, such as the Oaks 212 Margaret, are all softly illuminated by the colourful evening sky. For a different point of view, you can also walk down a flight of stairs to the waters edge for beautiful waterfront photos of the CBD.


Mt Cootha

A famous lookout point on the city, Mt Cootha is about 7km west of Brisbane, and offers 180 degree views over Brisbane and across to Moreton Bay. No surprise it makes for a great sunset/sunrise spot, especially on foggy mornings when the entire valleys is covered with fog, with only the tops of buildings peaking through the top. The eucalypt forests and creeks you pass on the way up provide great nature shots, with plenty of wide open spaces to stop and click pics. There are a few cafes and eateries near the lookout point, so you can even plan your shoots at different times whiling chilling at a restaurant nearby.

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