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34 Places In Australia That Look Like They Were Made For Instagram

And they're not even all just beaches.

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1. Gunlom Falls, NT

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At the top of Gunlom Falls in Kakadu National Park is a natural pool which is the perfect place to cool off or watch the sunset.

2. Hill Inlet, Qld.

Whitehaven Beach is well-known for its incredibly soft sand and clear water, but Hill Inlet at the northern end of the beach is honestly breathtaking. The area is famous for its swirling sand patterns, which can be seen from the air or from one of the hills lining the beach.

3. Pink Lake, WA

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There's a lake near Esperance which is completely pink. It has something to do with the water salinity, temperature, and algae growth, but all you really need to know is that it's Instagrammable AF.

4. Cradle Mountain National Park, Tas.

Cradle Mountain is surrounded by ancient rainforests dotted with glacial lakes and small waterfalls. Whether you go for a short hike, or a six-day trek, every step is worth it.

5. The Blue Mountains, NSW

Whether you visit the Three Sisters, go chasing waterfalls, or tackle a long hike, the Blue Mountains National Park is choc-full of photo opps.

6. Boroka Lookout, Vic.

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I would personally rather die than climb out on that ledge, but oh boy does the Instagram opportunity make it worth it. This lookout in the Grampians has one of the best views in the state. Best of all, it's accessible by car – no hiking required.

7. Babinda Boulders, Qld.

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Just south of Cairns, this swimming hole set in the middle of lush rainforest is a perfect place to cool off in the middle of summer.

8. Sherbrooke Forest, Vic.

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The early morning fog in this forest makes you feel like you're in a fairytale, and is well worth waking up for. Set in the Dandenong Ranges, it's only 40km outside of Melbourne and the perfect place for a day trip.

9. Glass House Mountains, Qld.

The Glass House Mountains are a group of hills clustered together near the Sunshine Coast. Once you get up the top, they offer panoramic views of the forests below.

10. Jervis Bay, NSW

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Jervis Bay is a collection of beaches and parks, and is said to have some of the whitest sand in the world. Whether you're there to swim, hike, or camp, your Instagram will be lit.

11. Broome, WA

You can't go to Broome without visiting Cable Beach. Whether you go for a camel ride or just sit back and enjoy the beauty, it's unmissable.

12. Wineglass Bay, Tas.

Tasmania has got to be one of our most visually stunning states. Wineglass Bay is no exception, whether you view it from beach-level or from atop a mountain.

13. Fraser Island, Qld.

Queensland is home to so many stunning islands, but Fraser Island is really something else. It's the world's largest sand island and has a freshwater lake in the middle, perfect for swimming in.

14. Glasshouse Rocks, NSW

This place is pretty much a photographer's dream. These rocks, which are about 500 million years old, look even better at night against a starry background.

15. The Twelve Apostles, Vic.

This has gotta be one of the most iconic Aussie sights to visit. A drive along the Great Ocean Road is basically just a giant series of photo opportunities.

16. Karijini National Park, WA

The Pilbara region has some truly breathtaking spots to visit, like this natural swimming pool set in amongst towering red rocks. It's the ideal antidote to the typically very hot weather.

17. Sydney Harbour, NSW

Alright, this one's pretty cliché, but I can't not put it on this list. Instead of getting a shot from Circular Quay or the Opera House, get a ferry over to McMahons Point for much better views with a lot less people.

18. The Breakaways, SA

The South Australian outback really looks like another planet. Located near Coober Pedy, The Breakaways is a mountain outcrop which looks eerie and intimidating set against the otherwise flat landscape of the desert.

19. Bay of Fires, Tas.

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The Bay of Fires is a 50km stretch of coastline made up of beaches and inlets. The rocks surrounding the area are coated in an orange algae-type growth which makes them stand out against the white sand and turquoise waters.

20. Armidale, NSW

Sure, Armidale is very much ~off the beaten path~ but it's definitely worth a visit, especially in autumn. While you're there you also can't miss Wollomombi Falls, another Instagram hot spot.

21. Kangaroo Island, SA

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The aptly named Remarkable Rocks on Kangaroo Island look like something out of a sci-fi movie. The naturally sculpted formations are perched atop a cliff overlooking the ocean.

22. Boranup Forest, WA

Located in the Margaret River region of the state, this forest is filled with insanely tall trees and is ready to be explored by car or on foot.

23. Coffin Bay, SA

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The Eyre Peninsula is kilometres of untouched coastlines, with pristine beaches and rugged cliffs. If you're lucky you could even see penguins or seals.

24. The Cape Byron Lighthouse, NSW

Byron is paradise, and is high on most travellers' must-see lists. But if you don't walk up to the lighthouse for stunning views of the bay, did you even really visit it at all?

25. The Otways, Vic.

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Another very fairytale-esque forest, Otway National Park is a temperate rainforest with giant trees and tranquil pools.

26. Cape Hillsborough, Qld.

If you want to get a truly iconic Australian photograph, this is the place to go. Each morning at sunrise, the beaches of Cape Hillsborough are filled with kangaroos waking up for the day.

27. Lord Howe Island, NSW

A tiny island off the coast of NSW, it's all sandy beaches and sub-tropical rainforests. The water is crystal-clear and perfect for diving, and the island is covered in hills just waiting to be hiked.

28. Flinders, Vic.

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Flinders is a small town on the Mornington Peninsula, with an amazing coastline of cliffs. The sunrises here are epic.

29. Wallaman Falls, Qld.

Located near Townsville, this is the largest single-drop waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere. No matter which angle you view it from, it's incredible.

30. Rottnest Island, WA

Rottnest Island itself is truly amazing, with long stretches of beach and perfectly clear water. But the real drawcard is the huge quokka population – the creatures roam the island and are always ready for a photo opp.

31. Bondi to Coogee walk, NSW

Bondi might be every tourist's first destination, but skip passed the overcrowded beach and go on a coastal walk.

32. Kings Canyon, NT

Walking up to the top of the red cliffs of Kings Canyon is beyond rewarding, with amazing views of the forest below, and land stretching out to the horizon.

33. Innes National Park, SA

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This stunning national park has world-class surf beaches, with shipwrecks and coastal hikes to explore. Camping in the park is truly a great experience.

34. Kata Tjuta, NT

Just down the road from Uluru is Kata Tjuta, also known as The Olgas. They look insanely beautiful at sunset, when the colours change with the desert landscape.


A previous version of this post had an incorrect photo for the Pink Lake. Sorry!