The Na­tional Gallery of Vic­to­ria

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Surfers Par­adise

An en­dur­ing fam­ily hol­i­day favourite, Surfers Par­adise and its long stretch of beaches just keeps pop­ping up on In­sta­gram feeds year af­ter year. With theme park at­trac­tions nearby and high-rise ac­com­mo­da­tion just me­tres from the sand, this glitzy gem of­fers an ar­ray of op­por­tu­ni­ties for that ‘wish you were here’ shot. But noth­ing beats the quin­tes­sen­tial Gold Coast walk­ing-into-the-sun­set-surf­board-in­hand beach sil­hou­ette.

St Kilda Beach

As any Mel­bur­nian knows, sum­mer isn’t sum­mer un­til you’ve taken the tram to St Kilda and spent the af­ter­noon en­joy­ing the rays at the beach. The fore­shore is a hus­tling hive of walk­ers, run­ners, roller skaters, skate­board­ers and mu­si­cians. Don’t for­get to walk out to the end of the pier to peer be­tween the rocks and say hello to any res­i­dent pen­guins flap­ping about and to take a pic­ture with the creepy big-toothed clown at Luna Park. Sur­prise, sur­prise… the old­est and most vis­ited gallery in Aus­tralia is also the most In­sta­grammed! Spread over two mag­nif­i­cent build­ings, the Na­tional Gallery of Vic­to­ria is host to a bit of this and a bit of that, from con­tem­po­rary art to ma­jor in­ter­na­tional his­tory ex­hi­bi­tions, fash­ion and de­sign to sound dance, ar­chi­tec­ture to kids’ work­shops. Since the cur­rent gallery opened in 1968, the to­tal col­lec­tion has dou­bled in size to more 70,000 works, so all ages are bound to get lost among the many hall­ways and gal­leries.

Taronga Zoo Syd­ney

Just 12 min­utes from the CBD by ferry and boast­ing breath­tak­ing views of the har­bour (and let’s not for­get all those cute crea­tures great and small) it’s lit­tle won­der Taronga Zoo Syd­ney is an In­sta­gram su­per star. With over 4000 an­i­mals to see and over 20 keeper talks and shows a day, lit­tle ones will run wild in this an­i­mal king­dom. Of course, the obli­ga­tory photo of the gi­raffes stand­ing in front of the Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge is an ab­so­lute must!

The Twelve Apos­tles

If you find your­self driv­ing along the Great Ocean Road then it is es­sen­tial to visit the Twelve Apos­tles. The ero­sion that started around 10 to 20 mil­lion years ago cre­ated a tourist hotspot that hosts hun­dreds of vis­i­tors ev­ery day. Chang­ing colour through­out the day, from a bril­liant sandy yel­low mid­day to shades of pas­tel orange and laven­der as the sun goes down, it’s not hard to see why this ma­jes­tic place is an In­sta­gram celeb.

Uluru

Draw­ing in 400,000 vis­i­tors yearly, ris­ing 318 me­tres above the ground and over nine kilo­me­tres in cir­cum­fer­ence, Uluru-Kata Tjuta Na­tional Park plays home to the largest sand­stone for­ma­tion in cen­tral Aus­tralia and one of our most im­por­tant nat­u­ral land­marks. Con­sid­ered to be a sa­cred place to Aus­tralia’s In­dige­nous pop­u­la­tion, a pic­ture with the big red rock is def­i­nitely a must if you are ex­plor­ing the coun­try’s most wild and off-the-beat­en­track des­ti­na­tions.

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