I’ll let you in on a secret. I hate getting up before the sun rises.
My alarm goes off. It’s pitch black, cold and I really, really don’t want to get out of my warm blankets. But I do, semi-regularly, to go on sunrise adventures.
I’ve done it twice in Tathra so I could be standing on a paddle board when the sun rose over the water. I did it along the Great Ocean Road to see the first light hit the 12 Apostles (despite waking up to lashing wind and rain that was busy smashing houses and grounding flights in Melbourne). I did it this week at Terrigal Beach so some friends and I could frolic in the unseasonably warm water, jump waves and watch the sun slide over the ocean.
That one time it was shit
I’ve done it a handful more times and only once have my sunrise intentions backfired. This was when my partner and I decided we wanted to see sunrise from the top of Tower Hill Reserve, an extinct volcano just past the end of the Great Ocean Road. We had woken at 5am to the sound of rain on our tent but still drove and then hiked through the drizzle, our jackets zipped up to our eyeballs. We waited over an hour for a sunrise that never came thanks to a thick blanket of cloud. We were so wet and miserable that we called an early end to our two week road trip.
Yet every other time I’ve bothered to roll out of bed has been worth it. Here are just a few reasons why:
No crowds. People are busy sleeping away hangovers so you usually have beaches and lookouts to yourself.
Amazing photo opportunities. Sunrises can turn what would be a pretty average #nature shot into an Instagram winner.
Accomplish a lot before lunch. Sometimes I meet friends, wrestle into a wetsuit, swim, take photos, have coffee and eat breakfast before realising it’s not even 8am yet.
Good excuse for a nap. Getting up before the sun is a legit reason to have a good old fashioned nanna nap in the afternoon.
If you just don’t wanna
Now, I know that sleep-ins are a coveted prize, especially for those who work the 9-5 grind. So if you’re finding it hard to motivate yourself then here are 3 things that work for me:
- Phone a friend. Make plans to meet friends at your sunrise location so that you know you can’t skip out on them.
- Go to bed early. Say no to late-night phone scrolling and sleep, dammit.
- Think of the food. When my alarm goes off and I really don’t want to move, I remind myself that I can have coffee and pancakes after my adventure. I’ll always get out of bed for pancakes.
Keep adventuring early,