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Australia’s Top 5 Instagram-Worthy Destinations

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If you didn’t post it on Instagram, did your trip really happen? We don’t think so. With so many spectacular destinations to explore across the country, why wouldn’t you share your amazing photos of the world? If you’re having trouble deciding where to go next, fear not – we’ve rounded up five fabulous destinations worth planning your next holiday around.

Lavender fields, Tasmania

The fields of Bridestowe Lavender Estate burst into bloom each summer, rewarding phone-wielding visitors with a backdrop made in heaven. Wander around at your own pace (the best selfies take time!) or join a tour to learn how oil is extracted for use in perfume, moisturiser and more. Whatever you do, don’t forget to buy a lavender-infused ice-cream cone at the on-site café. Mauve-coloured ice-cream against a mauve field of flowers? It’s instant Insta gold! Bridestowe is located 55km from Launceston in northern Tassie, and is open seven days.

Whitehaven Beach, Queensland

Just because there are already 205,000-plus photos on Instagram tagged #whitehavenbeach doesn’t mean there isn’t room for a couple more. The beach is 7km long but the inlet’s shifting sands and colours (teal, azure, sky blue) at the northern end are what makes this spot world famous. The drool-worthy destination can be shot successfully from a seaplane, boat, the beach or even underwater. The point is – you were there, you loved it, and you’ve got the awesome pics to prove it. The easiest and cheapest way to get to Whitsunday Island is by ferry from Airlie Beach. The journey takes 80 minutes, which makes it a doable day trip with plenty of time for snorkelling and sunbaking in between photo sessions.

Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Amazing food? Check. Boutique fashion? Check. Pre-theatre drinks? Check. Flinders Lane has opportunities galore for envy-inducing Instagram shots. Some of the best are captured just on dusk, when the laneway is at its bustling best and golden light spills out of cosy bars and eateries onto streetside diners and passers-by. The lane is lined with heritage buildings and converging lines (a photographer’s dream) and has so much to offer the urban explorer that you’d be forgiven for not going anywhere else during your Melbourne stay. But do make a point of strolling down Hosier Lane (it runs off Flinders) to capture the colourful street art.

Uluru, Northern Territory

Red dirt, blue skies, majestic sunsets – the spiritual heart of Australia will blow you – and your followers – away with its natural beauty. Ayers Rock, the 348m-high sandstone monolith rising from an otherwise flat landscape, is located 450km from Alice Springs but there’s an accommodation option to suit every budget. Stay at least a few days to be sure you can shoot the Rock at various times of day – its colour changes with the light from bright red to pink to deep purple to pitch black as the day fades away and the stars come out to play. Uluru is at its most magnificent at sunrise and sunset, but your most creative shots may well be taken along the 6km base walk – blissfully uncrowded at dawn and dusk.

Icebergs, Sydney

It isn’t just the rich and famous who can be Insta-sensational at this Sydney icon. The historic swimming pool and clubhouse, located at the southern end of Bondi Beach, welcomes everyone. Icebergs is so named for its diehard winter swimmers who commit to swimming three Sundays out of four for a period of five years when they join the Bondi Icebergs Winter Swimming Club. Luckily, you don’t even need to get wet to capture a winning shot. Take a selfie poolside or head upstairs to the bistro for tasty food that won’t break the bank (you might want to skip the cocktails) and panoramic views.

 

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Author

I grew up in the US, Germany and Australia, so it feels more foreign for me to stay in one place than to move around. Since then, I’ve called Boston, London, Seattle, Brisbane, Madison and Sydney home for study and work as a journalist, travel writer and photographer. I specialize in adventure travel, social issues and interiors/architecture. Home is now an 1890s cottage in the Blue Mountains near Sydney. I traveled to my seventh continent last year – an action-packed expedition to Antarctica – and have memories galore of my travels. Snowshoeing in the Canadian Rockies, galloping with gauchos in Chilean Patagonia, trekking through Japan, and camel riding in Jordan are among the most memorable. My least favourite travel hiccup was being stranded in Cameroon when I should have been winging my way to Paris for a little me-time. You win some, you lose some.

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