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LADY EL­LIOT IS­LAND, @_MARKFITZ, 166,500 LIKES

Kan­ga­roos, koalas and quokkas tend to hog the lime­light when sell­ing Australia to the world but, in 2018, one of our big­gest stars was a grumpy tur­tle called Wayne. The rogue rep­tile took so­cial me­dia by storm with an ap­par­ent rude ges­ture when snapped near Lady El­liot Is­land on the South­ern Great Bar­rier Reef. Tur­tles – hawks­bill, green and log­ger­heads – are one of the is­land’s ma­jor at­trac­tions dur­ing nest­ing and hatch­ing sea­son, Novem­ber to March. Billed as the “home of the manta ray”, Lady El­liot is pop­u­lar for snorkelling, div­ing, bird­watch­ing and whale watch­ing. LADYELLIOT.COM.AU

BALLS PYRA­MID, LORD HOWE IS­LAND, NSW @BEAUPILGRIM, 150,100 LIKES

Balls Pyra­mid is gain­ing recog­ni­tion, es­pe­cially since a stun­ning shot of a dol­phin fly­ing through the air over the re­mark­able Aussie land­mark went vi­ral. Jut­ting a dra­matic 551m out of the ocean south of Lord Howe Is­land, Balls Pyra­mid is the world’s tallest sea stack, all that’s left of an an­cient vol­cano. The wa­ter around Lord Howe is con­sid­ered some of the clear­est on Earth, and Balls Pyra­mid is the pin­na­cle of 60-odd world-class dive sites around the is­land. The World Her­itage de­light boasts beaches, hikes, fish­ing and bird watch­ing – all just two hours from Syd­ney or Brisbane. LORDHOWEISLAND.INFO

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