In a country where photo opportunities are available at almost every turn and 8.5 million visitors arrive every year, it’s no surprise Instagram is bombarded by shots from Downunder.
Different types of travellers snap different locations depending on their age bracket, the time of year, the type of travel and interests. And then of course there’s a fair portion of the 24 million locals snapping away as well.
For all the variables, across the board, 10 locations continually pop to the top of the geo-tagging that automatically logs where images are recorded.
Depending on the season, the ranking changes but here’s a snapshot of the regular and iconic top 10 Aussie hotspots that dominate the world’s favourite photography app.
Arguably the most famous beach in the world, Bondi is predictably a common sight across Instagram accounts. This beautiful stretch of beach seven kilometres east of the Sydney CBD attracts more than one-million visitors a year.
It may have been the long gone golden bikini clad meter maids that made the world take notice but the GC has matured into a world class playground offering just about every holiday option you can think of. These days, it’s endless beach provides the backdrop for tens of thousands of stunning photographs.
From an Instagram popularity point of view, “Sydney Harbour” combines the millions of photos taken of the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the magnificent waterway itself. Widely regarded as the most beautiful harbour in the world, it’s a magnet for happy snappers.
St Kilda Beach
Not to be outdone, Victoria has its own hugely popular waterside hotspot that people love to photograph. The character and charm of St Kilda beach makes it a great Instagram location.
When it comes to icons of Melbourne though, you can’t go passed its world famous sporting ground. The MCG attracts packed houses right throughout the year and hundreds of thousands of people share the moment with their friends online.
No surprises Sydney’s highest vantage point produces plenty of images. The 360 degree views from Sydney Tower are simply spectacular.
With its 4000 animals and close proximity to the city centre, more than 1.5 million people every year file through the gates of Taronga Zoo and it’s fair to assume the vast majority of them take plenty of photos while they’re there.
National Gallery of Victoria
Australia’s culture capital, Melbourne has plenty to offer lovers of the arts. The national gallery of Victoria, located in the heart of the city, is Australia’s most visited museum with the Instagram clout to prove it.
The 12 Apostles
It is one of the great road trips and the highlight is of course, The 12 Apostles. Stunning limestone pinnacles jutting from the sea along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most popular images.
When it comes to emblems of Australia, one stands above all others literary and figuratively. The incredible Uluru is an immediately recognisable symbol of Australia and instagrammers love it.
Published under license from Well Travelled.