Instagram has created a wave of social media-fuelled tourism with one in four booking a holiday based on Instagram photos. And it stands to reason that if a non-professional is posting great shots and getting plenty of likes on their Instagram photos of a destination, that they’re in a spectacular spot!
So it's safe to say that Instagram's most geotagged locations is a fairly good barometer of where the place to be really is!
Enter Australia - a country of diverse landscapes, which thanks to Instagram, both locals and tourists are sharing their gorgeous holiday pictures with millions of users worldwide. At the end of last year, Instagram released a year’s worth of data showcasing the most ‘grammed places across Australia. Australia.
So, here’s where to go to get the best envy inducing pics for your Instagram holiday – maybe yours will make the 2018 list!
Top Australian geolocations:
1. Bondi Beach
With tens of thousands of tourists flocking to post card perfect Bondi Beach near Sydney each year, it’s no wonder why this one stretch of sand tops the list of Australia’s most Instagrammed places
2. Sydney Opera House
As one of 20th century’s most remarkable and recognisable architectural landmarks, the Sydney Opera House draws more than 8.2 million visitors a year.
3. Darling Harbour
Home to Sydney’s Entertainment Centre, the Australian National Maritime Museum, Star Casino and Sydney Aquarium, as well as a number of other attractions, restaurants and hotels.
4. Manly Beach
Located 17 kilometres north-east of Sydney, Manly is a bustling beachside town whose many popular beaches attract tourists and surfers.
5. Sydney Harbour
One of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world. Hop on a ferry at Circular Quay and glide past the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Taronga Zoo.
6. Surfers Paradise Beach
The three-kilometer strip of golden sand between Surfers Paradise and the Pacific Ocean is Australia's iconic beach, a postcard-perfect locale that conjures up 'paradise' to millions
7. St Kilda Beach
Melbourne's most popular seaside destination for more than a century. Cool bars, acclaimed restaurants and an oceanfront fun fair make this beach suburb a must-visit.
8. South Bank, Brisbane
Located on the southern banks of the Brisbane River, its 17 hectares of lush parklands, world-class eateries, stunning river views and hundreds of delightful events all year round make it the perfect place to relax and unwind.
9. Melbourne Cricket Ground
Ask any Victorian and they'll be aware of the Melbourne Cricket Ground's status as the home of sport and one of the biggest sports stadiums in the world.
10. National Gallery of Victoria
Australia’s oldest, largest and most popular art museum, dating back to 1861 with a collection of 73,000 works of Australian, Indigenous and international significance.
Top locations per state:
• New South Wales: Bondi Beach
• Victoria: St Kilda Beach
• Queensland: Surfers Paradise Beach
• SA: Adelaide Oval
• Tasmania: The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)
• ACT: Lake Burley Griffin
• Northern Territories: Uluru or Ayers Rock
• Western Australia: Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island is situated off the coast of Western Australia and attracts 500,000 tourists yearly, many of whom visit with the hope of capturing a quokka selfie.
3 top Instagram spots for guaranteed envy inducing snaps that need to be on the list this year:
Great Barrier Reef
Visible from space, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system on earth, stretching 2,300 kilometres, and it holds the honour of being one of the seven natural wonders of the world
Located within the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, Hamilton Island is a tropical oasis with turquoise waters, palm trees, luxurious hotels and white beaches, it’s top of our list of wow pics!
The Twelve Apostles
The most scenic attraction on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road are The Twelve Apostles, which attract 1.2 million visitors annually. The limestone stacks lookout and walkways are open 365 days a year.
Feeling inspired? Qantas flies direct to Australia so go-on and book your next #instaperfect adventure!