For some travellers, Instagram is as much a part of holidaying as a suitcase and sunburn. And Western Australia is one of the most feed-friendly travel options in the country. With pristine beaches, incredible geological formations, sky-high lookouts and rare animals, there are thousands of opportunities for the perfect pic.
Ningaloo Reef, Coral Bay
The tiny tourist town of Coral Bay is a gateway to the bright and lively Ningaloo Reef. Mere metres from the shore, sea turtles, stingrays and parrotfish dart through a city of vibrant corals.
You could get the underwater camera out and pose next to your favourite finned friend, but if you really want to break the Internet, head out on one of Coral Bay’s many whale shark tours. If a profesh picture of you next to the oceans biggest fish doesn’t leave your followers envious, nothing will.
Rottnest Island’s white sand beaches alone could make it the ultimate WA Instagram spot, but there’s something even better that attracts flocks of snap-happy visitors: quokkas. The insanely cute marsupials make perfect selfie companions, seemingly smiling for excited iPhone wielding tourists. Check out the #quokkaselfie hashtag on Instagram, then jump on the ferry to Rotty and get a snap yourself.
Boranup Forest, Margaret River
Rows of unbelievably tall karri trees, some over 60m tall, make up the shady Boranup Forest. A stroll along the base of these pale-barked giants will leave you feeling tiny, their never-ending trunks shading you from the sun.
Get a photo from below for perspective, then climb up one of the old fire lookout trees to get a panoramic snap from above.
Zebedee Springs, El Questro Wilderness Park
Located in the East Kimberley region, El Questro Wilderness Park is a massive private estate full of ancient gorges, huge mountains and thermal springs. Although El Questro’s most-Instagrammed spot is Emma Gorge, nothing beats the lush green Livistona and Pandanus Palms that surround the less documented Zebedee Springs.
The 30-degree-plus thermal pools are only open to the public until noon, so take an early self-guided hike and get snapping.
Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grande National Park
With the honour of having Australia’s whitest sand, iconic Lucky Bay is located within Cape Le Grande National Park, about 40 minutes outside of Esperance. Much like Rottnest’s Quokkas, Lucky Bay also has some scene-stealing cuties – it’s home to kangaroos that are as friendly as they are photogenic. Take your towel, umbrella and camera and wait it out until one bounds past for the perfect picture op.
Knox Gorge, Karijini National Park
Traverse through the centre of the earth at Karijini National Park’s Knox Gorge, then descend into the deep chasm to visit the several sunny swimming spots that are bordered by native fig trees. For the perfect photo, head to the lookout late in the afternoon or early in the morning – that’s when slanting sunrays enhance the spectacular scenery.
Quickly becoming one of Australia’s most-loved swimming spots, the infinity pool overlooking Lake Argyle is 35m of aesthetic perfection. The lake is a 70km drive from Kununurra, with the Lake Argyle Resort the best way to experience it. While your friends will think you’ve treated yourself to some luxury accommodation, it’ll only set you back $18.50 a night. Bargain!
Cable Beach, Broome
Cable beach is 22km of uninterrupted, pristine white sand, set against a background of red ochre cliffs and the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Although beautiful at any time of the day, sunset and sunrise make it one of the most-photographed spots in WA, thanks to the famous Cable Beach camel train comes snaking down along the sands.
Admire the looming creatures from the sand or jump on one yourself (starting at $40, depending on when and who you go with) – either way, Cable Beach is a picture-perfect slice of Broome.
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