According to a new survey, Aussies rank how photogenic a place is among the top five factors when choosing a holiday – so, we’ve rounded up the best for you.
In the glory days, you used to be able tell whether someone had been on holiday by two things: one, the sudden bronzing that only came from a week in the sun, or out of a bottle; and two, the family fridge was suddenly chock-a-block full of magnets.
Nowadays, in 2019, you need not look further than a person’s Instagram feed. It’s true, nothing screams vacation more than a grid of crystal clear blue water and beachside cocktails.
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So, perhaps it’s not that surprising that Australians are now selecting their next holiday spot based on how “Instagrammable” it is? According to a survey by rental car provider Budget Australia, this ranks among the most important factors for Aussies when choosing a vacay spot, alongside safety, the weather, the price and whether it offers an escape from their everyday lives.
With one of the most diverse landscapes in the worlds, there’s plenty of content to choose from.
Uluru (Ayers Rock), North Territory
At 348 metres high, Uluru is considered one of the world’s largest monoliths, towering over the surrounding landscape and some 550 million years old. And, if you’re up for it, it’s also an adrenaline rush: jump from 12,000 feet above the desert and enjoy a freefall and parachute ride of around five minutes, gazing down over Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
Bondi Icebergs Pool, Bondi Beach, Sydney
Get the heart rate up by taking a few laps of the iconic pool, jump in the attached sauna to really sweat it out, then grab a bite to eat at the adjacent cafe and soak up that view.
Twilight Bay (Beach), Esperance, Western Australia
Made up of fine white sand and surrounded by rounded granite cliffs, Twilight Bay is one of the country’s most scenic beaches. It has lower waves averaging about one-metre, making this the perfect place to dip in and out all day. Sounds like a holiday to us.
Ellery Creek Big Hole, Northern Territory
If you love walking, you’ll love Ellery Creek. One of the most popular spots for camping, walking, swimming and taking a picnic, this spectacular waterhole is surrounded by high red cliffs, perfect for sandy strolls.
MacKenzie Falls, Grampians National Park, Victoria
One of the largest waterfalls in Victoria, MacKenzie Falls is a must-do. Flowing all year round, the falls sees water cascade over huge cliffs into a deep pool, sending fine sprays of rainbow mist into the air. Why not hike up to the top for the view (and get the shot) then cool off with a refreshing dip in the waterhole?
Rottnest Island, Perth
If soft sand beaches, snorkelling and wildlife spotting are your thing, look no further than family-friendly and relaxing Rottnest Island, just off the coast of Western Australia.
Sydney Opera House, Sydney
When it comes to iconic landmarks, Sydney’s Opera House is pretty up there. You might fancy taking in the view while doing a lap around Macquarie’s Chair or enjoying a spot of lunch nearby (or both!). Or, take in the athletic prowess of the Australian Royal Ballet with a show at the iconic performing arts centre.
Cape Byron Lighthouse, Byron Bay, New South Wales
Walk to the most eastern point of Australia and soak up Byron Bay’s glorious coastline with a hike up to the historic Cape Byron lighthouse, which was constructed on the rugged headland in 1901.
Fairy Pool, Noose Heads National Park, Queensland
Pamper yourself at this hidden gem. If you’re over beaching around, this natural wonder might be the change of scene you crave. Get ready to float in the crystal-clear water and take in those ocean views.
Pink Salt Lake, Esperance, Western Australia
It has to be seen to be believed. The pink lake neighbours the dark blue waters of the Indian Ocean separated by a strip of green forest. While swimming is not advised due to the lake’s high salt content, you can walk around and take in the surreal sight. Lake Hillier on Middle Island in Western Australia’s Recherche Archipelago lies about 130 km from Esperance, or an eight hour drive from Perth.