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MAG­NETIC IS­LAND,

@CONORMOOREPHOTOGRAPHY 186,500 LIKES

With in­cred­i­ble sights such as the SS City of Ade­laide wreck, no won­der this is­land is called mag­netic. In 2018, 102 years af­ter it ran aground, the rusty wreck – sprout­ing vi­brant new man­grove growth – shot to fame on the @Australia In­sta­gram page, be­com­ing the most-liked im­age of the year. The SS City of Ade­laide sits about 300m off shore, and is one of 20 wrecks sur­round­ing Mag­netic Is­land, just 20 min­utes from Townsville in north Queens­land. The is­land’s other at­trac­tions are its 23 beaches and bays and 25km of walk­ing tracks. THISISMAGNETICISLAND.COM.AU

SIN­GLE­TON SIN­GLE­TON, NSW @CARLGEE, 174,000 LIKES

The NSW Hunter Val­ley has tra­di­tion­ally at­tracted tourists for its winer­ies and gourmet pro­duce – but it’s the town of Sin­gle­ton’s spec­tac­u­lar jacaranda-lined streets that are now putting the re­gion on the map for ad­mir­ers around the world. About a 2½-hour drive from Syd­ney, Sin­gle­ton is one of sev­eral lo­ca­tions across NSW where spring­time street scenery is a ma­jor at­trac­tion. Fur­ther north, Grafton holds a nine-day fes­ti­val in hon­our of the blooms. Aside from the purple dis­play in Oc­to­ber-Novem­ber, Sin­gle­ton boasts an enor­mous sun­dial (one of the world’s big­gest) plus an ar­ray of cel­lar doors nearby. WINECOUNTRY.COM.AU

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