I was up 90 minutes before sunrise on this particular morning and, like I always do, checked the satellite images to see what the cloud was doing. But for some reason I misread it and thought the blanket of cloud was low cloud (which is bad) rather than high cloud (which is good). So I sat on my bed flicking through my Instagram feed when I should have been on the road. About 45 minutes before sunrise I thought I’d have a look out of the window anyway, and that’s when I saw the colour. Well, let me tell you, it didn’t take me very long to get dressed and of down the road in the car to Shoalhaven Heads. Fortunately I caught the best of the colour and captured this glorious sunrise in photos and video.

This was it looked when I rocked up at the beach a good 35 minutes before sunrise – gold as far as the eye could see.

The colour spread round to the west as sunrise approached. This is looking south down Seven Mile.

Nearly at peak colour and the sky reflected in the glossy sand.

My favourite shot on what turned out to be one of the most colourful sunrises in months – like burnished gold.

The morning dog walkers, exercisers, yoga people, joggers, fishermen, surfers and old folks on a constitutional all hit the beach early.

Looking north from the dune just in front of the surf club.