Top 10 Australia Instagram Spots

Okay, let me start off by saying I am FULLY aware I  haven’t even scratched the surface of this beautiful country. From vibrant, iconic cities and tall mountains to stunning beaches and cascading waterfalls, Australia has something for everyone. And don’t even get me started on their cute, unique animals (quokkas, anyone?)!

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I am dying to go back to this gorgeous country and hit all the places we missed, and I know I will have many more spots to add to this list. However, from our whirlwind 10+ cities in just 10 days, these lovely photo spots became my favorites:

  1. Glass House Mountains (Sunshine Coast, Queensland)

The Glass House Mountains are a 1-hour drive north from Brisbane. They are 1,000%  worth checking out for an afternoon or even a full day trip. Not only are the mountains beautiful, but they boast rich local legends since they are in the lands of the aboriginal Jinibara and Gubbi Gubbi people. The mountains are supposedly all members of a family: Tibrogargan, Beerwah, Coonowrin, Tunbubudla, Miketeebumulgrai, Ngungun and Elimbah.


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From one tropical destination to another, I am SO excited to be leaving TOMORROW for a romantic weekend getaway with my hubby to the beautiful island of Maui. Believe it or not, I haven’t even really planned an itinerary this time! Can’t remember the last time a trip was completely R&R, and I’m beyond stoked for this. . For my fellow American peeps, how are you spending your Labor Day weekend? . (PS, if you’re ever on the Sunshine Coast, PLEASE go check out the beautiful Glass House mountains! We raced up Mount Ngungun a couple hours before a flight from Brisbane to Cairns to catch this view. Was totally worth it!) . . . . . . . . . . . #mountngungun #sunshinecoast #sunshinecoastdaily #followmeto #wearetravelgirls #girlsthatwander #ladiesgoneglobal #lovelulus #sunsetvibes #beautifuldestinations #femmetravel #teamkaptainkenny #straya #australiagram #glasshousemountains #dametraveler #citizenfemme #travelust #speechlessplaces #sidewalkerdaily #americanstyle #visitsunshinecoast #backpackwithme #travellikeagirl #ladiesgoneglobal #queensland #tropicalqueensland #iamtb #femaletravelbloggers

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PHOTO TIP: My favorite mountain to climb is Ngungun, as the sunset view from here of Coonowrin and Beerwah is something magical. The surreal colors and framing make this spot any photographer’s dream location!

  1. Flinders Street Station (Melbourne, Victoria)

This is a quintessential spot in Melbourne, and is know for having unique architecture compared to the rest of the city (rumor has it, the plans were accidentally switched with the blueprints for Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai).

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She's lost her will, Time is standing still . (Props if you remember this early 2000’s song reference 🙈) . Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? I have a ton more Australia pictures to share with you, but I might take a little break and start posting some European summer throwbacks. ❤️ . Also, fun fact: according to my dear Melbourne local, @janelleoh, an urban legend of this iconic building is that the floor plan was switched out somehow and they accidentally built this instead of a design that was meant to be here. Supposedly, that’s why the architecture looks so out of place! 🌃 . . . . . . . . . . #visitmelbourne #melbourne #australia #visitvictoria #visitaustralia #thisisaustralia #focusaustralia #travelaustralia #discoveraustralia #straya #melbournetwist #travelust #loveaustralia #australiagram #prettylittleiinspo #ilovemelbourne #seeaustralia #traveltagged #melbournelocal #melbourne_insta #sheisnotlost #flinders #moodygram #wearetravelgirls #teamkaptainkenny #flindersstreetstation #igarchitecture #exploretocreate

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PHOTO TIP: For that ethereal feel, use a tripod (or, in my case, a VERY still human—thanks, little sister!!) and a slow shutter speed while you (the subject) stay very still in the middle of the street. Bicycles, cars and buses will all look like they’re passing by while you’re standing still in time!

  1. Mossman Gorge (Tropical North Queensland)

Mossman Gorge is a beautiful little slice of the Daintree Rainforest—the oldest continuously surviving rainforest in the world (nope, it’s not the Amazon Rainforest)! Beyond boasting beautiful rivers, fauna and wildlife, it is also home to the indigenous Kuku Yalanji people, who will often share incredible stories about the region.

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Sisters don’t let sisters wade into tropical rivers in the middle of rainstorms…alone. 👯 . Not pictured: my husband telling us there was an eel swimming behind us and my brother getting attacked by a leech 😱😱😱 . Side Note—what camera do you use, and what do you recommend? I’ve had my DSLR (Nikon D3200 Series) since college, and doesn’t always cooperate with us to the point that my poor husband is begging me to look at new options! I’d love to stick with Nikon, and he suggested getting the D5550 or 5600. Any suggestions welcomed!! ❤️ . . . . . . . #tropicalnorthqueensland #queensland #tropicalqueensland #ladiesgoneglobal #travelinladies #wearetravelgirls #girlsthatwander #beautifuldestinations #darlingescapes #travelust #straya #australiagram #femaletravelbloggers #iamtb #tropicalrainforest #lovelulus #backpackwithme #teamkaptainkenny #iloveaustralia #traveldreamseekers #speechlessplaces #girlaroundworld #travellikeagirl #femmetravel #mossmangorge

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PHOTO TIP: More of an editing tip, but when you’re working with tropical rainforests and rivers, make sure to reduce your yellows waaayyyyyy down in the photo to make it look more lush and green!

  1. Bondi Icebergs (Sydney, New South Wales)

Did you even go to Sydney if you didn’t get this recognizable Icebergs shot? I didn’t swim in the pool, but even standing above it was a breathtaking experience.

PHOTO TIP: Try to time your trip with 1) early morning (for lesser crowds) and 2) high tide (for crashing waves), if possible! While I’m very happy with my shot from here, I wish I had gotten that iconic snap of the waves crashing over the pool!

  1. Cape Byron Bay (Byron Bay, New South Wales)

Beautiful views of Byron Bay, check. Most easterly part of continental Australia, check. What more could you want?

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Be the light. Happy hump day from one of our favorite stops in Byron Bay! . (This is after scrambling out of the car in the pouring rain and rushing to the lighthouse with my sister and husband before it closed while my dad kept the car running and my mom chatted up and stalled the guard getting ready to lock up 🤣 So grateful for my family!!) . . . . . . . . #teamkaptainkenny #travelinladies #byronbay #visitnsw #newsouthwales #visitaustralia #thisisaustralia #focusaustralia #travelaustralia #discoveraustralia #straya #roamtheplanet #byronbaylighthouse #loveaustralia #australiagram #prettylittleiinspo #seeaustralia #traveltagged #womenwhoexplore #thetravelwomen #nomadgirls #wearetravelgirls #sheisnotlost #girlsthatwander #lighthouse_lovers #gypsylife #cntraveler #girlslovetravel @thetravellingnomads @wonderfuldestinations_

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PHOTO TIP: Make sure to check the hours when you’re planning your visit here. You can wander up to the lighthouse at any time, but if you are driving, the parking lot closes at 6pm sharp. We tried to go here for sunset and literally had 5 minutes to hurriedly snap some photos while my dad kept the engine running and my mom distracted the guard with some lovely conversation to keep him from closing the gates!

  1. Millaa Millaa Falls (Tropical North Queensland)

Wahhh, how badly I want to return to Tropical North Queensland. I want to go to Paronella Park in daylight, I want to see platypuses (platypi…?) swimming in the creek. I want to spot tree kangaroos and drive the full waterfall circuit and frolic through Nucifora Tea Plantation. But enough about what I didn’t do.

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I may never leave. . Millaa Millaa is one of the most iconic waterfalls of the Tablelands Region in Queensland, Australia. It's a great first stop on the famous waterfall circuit, especially as the waterfall is easily accessible right off the road! . I've been told that the best way to guarantee you get these beautiful falls to yourself is to go very early on a weekday morning. Well, another effective strategy is to go on a weekend afternoon…in the middle of winter while it is raining. We arrived ]just as a van of people were leaving, and had the waterfall all to ourselves for the rest of the time we were there!! Yes, it was a little chilly. But I mean, it's tropical Australia chilly. It's worth it. 😝💁🏻💙 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #queensland #chasingwaterfalls #australia #tropicalnorthqueensland #visitaustralia #thisisaustralia #discoverqueensland #travelaustralia #discoveraustralia #straya #bikinigirl #australiagram #girlslovetravel #ilovequeensland #seeaustralia #traveltagged #millaamillaa #nomadgirls #teamkaptainkenny #millaamillaafalls #dametraveler #tropicalvibes #wearetravelgirls #beautifuldestinations #sheisnotlost #sidewalkerdaily #traveltagged #traveldreamseekers #queensland_captures #tablelands

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Millaa Millaa Falls is one of the few places we made it to because it was a priority for me. The iconic symmetry of the waterfall, the ease of approaching this lovely spot that is RIGHT off the road. Definitely go here if you’re in North Queensland, but also try to make sure you have enough time to hit the other waterfalls around it (Zillie, Ellinjaa and Mungalli).

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PHOTO TIP: If you want a shot with nobody in it, either go very early morning on a weekday in the summer, or go literally any time of day in the middle of winter. I took my photos around 4pm on a Saturday in June, and nobody was there!

  1. Sydney Opera House (Sydney, New South Wales)

Obviously, this had to make the list. “But what’s this,” I hear you ask, “Sydney Opera House isn’t #1!?!”

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Hello, Australia! It's nice to meet you. . Naturally, my first upload from this beautiful country is from this iconic destination. But capturing this peaceful and empty shot was actually quite a process! . We stayed at @quaywestsuitessydney on The Rocks, a convenient 15-minute walk away from the Sydney Opera House. I convinced my mom, sister and loving husband to wake up at 5am with me and head over for a sunrise photoshoot. It was pitch black and about 42 F (5 C) outside, but we braved the cold and wind to have to the Opera House all to ourselves as the sun came up. Peep my stories for some behind the scenes looks! . (PS, we were shivering and numb by the end of this and casually ducked into a convenience store by the Circular Quay subway stop to warm up. We bought kombucha and were gifted some free mini nutella jars after I joyously exclaimed how cute they were. So all in all, a great morning! 😹) . . . . . . . . . . . . . #visitnsw #sydney #australia #newsouthwales #visitaustralia #thisisaustralia #focusaustralia #travelaustralia #discoveraustralia #straya #roamtheplanet #beautifuldestinations #loveaustralia #australiagram #prettylittleiinspo #ilovesydney #seeaustralia #traveltagged #sydneylocal #womenwhoexplore #sydneyoperahouse #thetravelwomen #nomadgirls #wearetravelgirls #sheisnotlost #girlsthatwander @thetravellingnomads @wonderfuldestinations_

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Shocking, I know! I think that the Opera House is, of COURSE, a must. If it’s a one-or-the-other type thing, I would probably suggest hitting Sydney Opera House above any of the next three spots I’ll mention. It’s such a quintessential destination, but because it is so well known, I feel like some of the later spots are more like hidden treasures. That said, you have to go to the Opera House if you are in Australia.

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PHOTO TIP: Wake up early (like, REALLY early—we woke up at 4:30am to get there around 6am in the middle of winter) to watch the sunrise at the Opera House. It might be cold, but it will also be entirely worthwhile to have this beautiful place all to yourself! Also, the best photo spot might not even be directly in front of it—take a stroll around the harbor to the Park Hyatt Sydney. The view of the Opera House across the water while the sun sets is PERFECT.

  1. Buderim Forest Park (Sunshine Coast, Queensland)

This might be a surprising thing to rank so high, but it holds a special place in my heart. My husband and I wandered around here in the morning before breakfast, and were amazed to have this beautiful rainforest all to ourselves. Even more amazing—it’s a 5-10 minute drive from Mooloolaba!

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Happy Sunday! Sometimes there’s nothing better than strolling through a tropical rainforest and taking in the the sights and sounds of nature. There’s something truly rejuvenating about spending time in God’s creation—don’t you agree? 🍃🌿🌱 . Travel Tip: If you find yourself on the Sunshine Coast, make the 10-minute drive from Mooloolaba to Buderim Forest Park, where you can explore a beautifully serene forest that leads to a waterfall! Seriously one of my favorite moments from our Australia travels, and we had this patch of heaven all to ourselves! . . . . . . . . #buderim #queensland #tropicalqueensland #ladiesgoneglobal #travelinladies #wearetravelgirls #girlsthatwander #beautifuldestinations #darlingescapes #travelust #straya #australiagram #femaletravelbloggers #iamtb #tropicalrainforest #lovelulus #backpackwithme #teamkaptainkenny #iloveaustralia #traveldreamseekers #speechlessplaces #girlaroundworld #travellikeagirl #femmetravel #sunshinecoastdaily

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There are two access points to Buderim Forest Park. The lower entrance is off Lindsay Road via Harry’s Lane, which is the one we entered from. This direction has a wooden boardwalk for much of the way, but be advised that the boardwalk won’t get you all the way to Serenity Falls (which might be important to know if you have strollers or wheelchairs). The second entry point is via Quorn Close, which runs off Lindsay Road at the top of Buderim. This version is steeper, but takes you right to the waterfall!

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Happy Waterfall Wednesday! . Allow me to introduce you to the Sunshine Coast gem that is Buderim Forest Park. Just a 20-minute drive away from the coast lies this beautiful, hidden rainforest filled with creeks and waterfalls. We strolled around one morning before breakfast, and after a short walk, found ourselves face-to-face with this stunning waterfall! There was even a suspension bridge above us that Michael climbed up to in order to get this fun shot. Who needs a drone, anyway? (JK I still kind of want one…maybe…) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #sunshinecoast #discoveraustralia #beautifuldestinations #wearetravelgirls #buderim #buderimfalls #sunshinecoastdaily #sunshinecoasthinterland #nationalparks #backpackwithme #waterfallwednesday #wanderluster #nomadgirls #sheisnotlost #sidewalkerdaily #bestofaustralia #iloveaustralia #straya #thetravelwomen #teamkaptainkenny #waterfallwednesday #girldiscoverers #finditliveit #darlingescapes

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PHOTO TIP: There’s an awesome suspension bridge right above the falls (which was lowered in by a helicopter!), which is perfect for taking photos from for an epic drone-like shot.

  1. Crawley Edge Boatshed (Perth, Western Australia)

Yes, it’s just a boatshed. So what’s the big deal?

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When the floods of life start to drown you, remember that God can carry you above the storm, and dance in the rain. . This was a crazy day in Perth, but possibly my favorite from our entire Australia trip. We had booked a ferry to Rottnest Island, but due to a crazy storm (with sideways rain and everything), all transportation to and from the island was cancelled for the day. Michael and I were determined to make the most of the day, and called an Uber to take us to Crawley Edge Boatshed—an adorable blue house on the water that I had seen on Instagram. . Our Uber driver was the friendliest person ever (like a cool uncle) and one of the highlights of our trip. He offered to turn off the meter at one point and show us around Kings Park and other cool spots! When I mentioned the boat shed, he chuckled and said that he 1) never understood why tourists took pictures here and 2) drove by this morning and saw that it was flooded. FLOODED?! Well, I don't know when we're going to return to Perth, so I cheerily said, "Let's try it, anyway!" . Cut to the boatshed, and indeed, it is flooded. The pathway to the house is submerged in water. Michael and I have a good laugh about it, and I brace myself for ruining my shoes—because of course, I'm not going to come out all this way without walking over! Our Uber driver stood there, watching in total amusement as I splashed around the water here. . Have you ever had your heart set on taking photos somewhere to the point that other people thought you were (endearingly) crazy? . . . . . . . . . #crawleyedgeboatshed #boatshed #perth #perthisok #westernaustralia #beautifuldestinations #speechlessplaces #travelgirlsgo #wearetravelgirls #sheisnotlost #sidewalkerdaily #iamtb #ladiesgoneglobal #femmetravel #bestofaustralia #straya #travelinladies #traveldreamseekers #moodygram #perthiscool #iloveperth #iloveaustralia #femaletravelbloggers #travellikeagirl #darlingescapes

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Honestly, maybe this should be lower on the list. But I LOOOVVEE this spot simply from my memory of getting here. We went here with a super friendly local Uber driver on the day of a crazy rainstorm. “I never understand why tourists take pictures here,” he said in amusement. But all the same, he drove us over happily, and even stopped to help us take some pictures!

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PHOTO TIP: I’ve only ever seen pictures of this boatshed in low tide (aka when it’s not flooded from a crazy rainstorm), but we came when the boardwalk was actually submerged in water, and it made for some really cool reflection shots!!

  1. Rottnest Island (Western Australia)

Ah, where to begin? Legitimately, this might have been my favorite place in Australia. Just thinking about it puts a smile on my face!

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I've never met a lighthouse I didn't like. Maybe it's because I see them as a beacon of hope, a guide in the dark, a reassurance of better things to come and a promise of your current storm to end. Do you also have a thing for beautiful lighthouses? . Also, you guys! I am BEYOND stoked to share that I'm doing my very first story takeover on @teamkaptainkenny! Head over there to learn more about the beaches, the views, the food, both the wonderful and horrible history, the quirks and, naturally, the QUOKKAS of Rottnest Island. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #rottnestisland #westernaustralia #beautifuldestinations #speechlessplaces #australiagram #bestplacestogo #travelgirlsgo #ladieslovetravel #nomadgirls #teamkaptainkenny #wearetravelgirls #perthisok #straya #beachbabe #letarteluxe #traveldreamseekers #traveltagged #livingdestinations #wanderluster #femaletravelbloggers #summervibes #travelust #passionpassport #womenwhotravel #rotto #bathurstlighthouse

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Rottnest Island has a wide variety of photo ops from beautiful, white beaches to charming lighthouses and, of course, QUOKKAS. Just ALL THE QUOKKAS. What could possibly make for a better Instagram post than an adorable quokka selfie?!

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Smile, it's Friday Junior! Happy almost weekend. . . QUOKKA SELFIE TIP: Quokkas are very curious and very hungry little creatures! I would advise that you find a place to lie down on the ground (on your stomach) near some fresh leaves. Chances are someone will be fascinated enough to come say hello, and will stay to chow down on some vegetation! Also, hold your cell phone upside down when you take the selfie (so that the capture button is on top and the camera is on the bottom of the phone). That way, you capture more of the quokka, since they’re so small and low to the ground! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #quokkaselfie #quokkas #quokka #quokkaselfies #rottnestisland #quokkahub #instaquokka #quokkalove #westernaustralia #wa #westernaustraliauncovered #experienceperth #justanotherdayinwa #perthisok #perthlife #australiagram #thetraveltag #focusaustralia #wearetravelgirls #nomadgirls #citizenfemme #igersaustralia #aussie_images #australia_shotz #iamtb #finditliveit #soperth #perthiscool

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PHOTO TIP: You should NOT feed or pet the quokkas, but quokkas are super curious and will probably come check you out if you lie flat on your stomach near one and wait for it to scurry on over. Hold your cell phone upside town (camera on the bottom) to capture more of the quokkas cute lil’ bodies! Alternatively, if you’re using a DSLR, hold it out in front of your face the length of your arm and switch to manual focus once it’s focused on you. This way, it won’t accidentally adjust when you’re selfie-ing and blur the adorable moment.

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So there you have it! Hope you make it to some of these fun spots, and also let me know YOUR favorite spots that I missed, below (because Australia is AMAZING, and of course I know I missed some great ones)!

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