Travelling has been transformed by photography and even more so by smartphones. Instagram has become a key part of the tourist experience, where you can take amazing holiday snaps to share with your friends and followers. Australia offers its tourists plenty of fantastic backdrops for selfies and holiday spam. The Australian tourist board even created the Giga Selfie app, for tourists who want to take their selfie game to the next level. However you decide to take your shot, Australia is the place to do it. These Instagrammable spots don’t need a filter to look incredible!
Kangaroos, koalas and wallabies, oh my! A trip to Australia wouldn’t be complete without seeing some of its iconic wildlife. Remember the adorable Quokka selfie trend a few years ago? If you want to get up close and personal with these beautiful creatures, try Flinders Ranges, where you can see three varieties of kangaroo and the endangered rock wallaby, or the aptly named Kangaroo Island. For a chance to cuddle a real koala, try Brisbane’s Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Don’t get too close to insects and snakes, though, around 42,000 people in Australia were hospitalised between 2001-2013 as a result of venomous stings or bites.
2. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Standing tall at 348m, the red rock formation Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock, is one of the most photographed landmarks in Australia. It’s visited by over 250,000 people each year and for good reason! The juxtaposition of colours, with the red rock rising against a blue sky and a foundation of green below, makes World Heritage-listed Uluru an incredible sight to behold. Learn more about the desert and its history and culture from an Aboriginal guide, and try authentic local delicacies like barramundi, kangaroo, and crocodile.
3. Great Barrier Reef
If you look up paradise in the dictionary, you just might see an island off Australia’s Queensland coast. The Great Barrier Reef is somewhere you have to see to believe, it looks unreal, and covers more than 344,000 square kilometres. You can have a go at scuba diving, snorkelling, or sailing around the reef. If you’d rather sit back and relax, try a glass-bottom boat tour to get a glimpse of life under the sea. The reef’s beautiful colours and creatures are very Instagrammable, just be careful not to get your phone wet!
Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge are icons of Australia. Try taking a harbour cruise or a whale-watching boat trip to line up a great shot of the city skyline. If you have kids with you, don’t miss Darling Harbour’s Sea Life Aquarium and Australian National Maritime Museum. To escape the crowds, check out the Royal Botanic Garden. Walking across the top of Harbour Bridge is an unmissable experience, where you can have amazing panoramic vistas of the harbour and city skyline. Don’t look down, take a selfie instead!