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Australia’s 10 Best Instagram Attractions

Why are some places in the world easier to recognise than others? The answer could be in how photogenic they are.

First published on Karryon, research by Love Home Swap has discovered the most photographed landmarks in Australia based on how many times their hashtag has been shared on Instagram. Here are the top 10 in reverse order. Numbers 5 and 1 may surprise you.

10. The Sydney Tower

Located in the heart of Sydney CBD, the Sydney Tower Eye and Skywalk let you climb and peer out over the city skyscrapers. Dubbed Sydney’s highest open air experience, it reaches 309 metres at its highest point, is one of the tallest structures in the southern hemisphere and the tallest building in Sydney. You can do yoga from the sky or climb the stairs to the top. We recommend booking in for the Sydney Tower Buffet which is a revolving restaurant around the Sydney Observation Deck. On the menu: kangaroo rump, crocodile chipolatas and bush tomato sausages. This landmark has been Instatagged in 15,353 posts and counting.

9. Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

It topped our list of the best places to go in 2015, and we can’t recommend it enough. 16,724 posts about it, and it’s super easy to get to in Lake St CIair National Park. A range of tours are available, from Cradle Valley, just outside the park boundary, including horseback trail rides, and helicopter flights over the region’s rugged mountains. If the Cradle’s a bit daunting, try climbing its smaller Hobart neighbour (but just as gorgeous), Mount Wellington.

8. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays

Situate yourself at Airlie Beach or Hamilton Island for a quick day trip to Whitehaven Beach. It’s been listed as a finalist for having the whitest sand in the world, and its secluded location keeps the colour intact. Located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, a visit to the Whitsundays is a feast of the senses, surrounded by natural beauty, dotted with secluded beaches and friendly towns with kid-friendly activities. Whitsundays Tourism has shared many of the 24,828 Instagram photos taken by tourists. Use hashtag #ilovewhitsundays.

7. Queen Victoria Building (QVB)

If you’re shopping in Sydney at Christmas, the QVB is a must do. Like David Jones and nearby Westfield Sydney, the windows comes alive with animated Christmas displays like the old Grace Bros store windows. Not to mention the grand Christmas tree standing in the central staircase. Only 43,183 posts capture the Romanesque architecture inside the building, but its 1898 construction stands as a timeless reminder of one of the beautiful things coming out of Sydney’s sever recession.

6. The Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is a great day trip from Melbourne with plenty of sights. You can swim at the beaches, visit Erskine Falls in Lorne and then head to the trampoline park on the foreshore. The Great Ocean Road starts in Torquay and it takes about an hour and a half to drive to from the Melbourne CBD. When you reach the Port Campbell National Park, stay overnight to see the Twelve Apostles at dusk and then again as they peak the horizon at sunrise. 69,834 posts and counting.

5. Manly Beach

If you visit Sydney, you have to take a ferry ride from Circular Quay to Manly Beach. It’s the most popular beach on the north shore. Over 74,945 posts have been made by people swimming, surfing, snorkelling, diving, kayaking, sunbaking, picnicking, parting, and making sand castles there.

Best Western’s General Manager of Sales and Marketing reckons it’s the best beach in Sydney to catch a few waves.

4. Uluru

Australia’s iconic Red Centre came in an admirable 4th place with 87,665 posts. Here’s come great facts about the rock, named in 1873 by William Gosse after Sir Henry Ayers. Uluru is its Aboriginal name. You’ll want to allow about 3 and a half hours to walk around it. Valleys, caves and weird shapes created through erosion over millions of years make up the surface.

3. Sydney Opera House

People go there to watch shows, take a guided tour, enjoy a cocktail in the Opera Bar and watch the sun set over Sydney Harbour. Rarely do they leave without taking a photo and sharing it with all their friends and followers on Instagram (over 134,641 times).

Without it, Sydney Harbour is unrecognisable. On May 22, Vivid Sydney kicks off again bringing the world’s most vivid light and art show to the city. Amazing light installations will take place with the Opera House featuring as one of the prime attractions. Make sure you book quickly to see it, Sydney hotels are selling fast.

2: Bondi Beach

Blue ocean, white sand, trendy cafes and Icebergs. Bondi’s the best. This is an international tourist drawcard and possibly the most popular bucket list beach in the world. Over 261,911 Instagram shots capture it from all different angles. The beach is regularly visited by celebrities and even hosts the location of the popular Bondi Vet TV series. Surfing and paddle boarding lessons are available on the beach from the Bondi Pavilion (set for a big transformation soon – so visit now before it changes!). Just don’t bury your money in the sand like Heath Ledger did.

1: Sydney Harbour Bridge

How the bridge was built is an incredible story. It still fascinates people from all over the world. On Instagram, the bridge has more than 340,000 hashtags to its name. It’s a must-do for adventure seekers who climb the Sydney Harbour bridge to stand at the summit, marvelling in panoramic views of the Sydney Opera House to Luna Park, Kirribilli, Circular Quay and The Rocks. It remains Australia’s most climbed bridge since 1932, with more than 200,000 vehicles crossing the bridge every day. Use hashtag #ilovesydney with your posts.

How many of these attractions have you been photographed at? Show us on Instagram. Mention @bestwesternau and hashtag #bestwestern to give us permission to share your photo on our account.

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