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AUSTRALIA

Best Photo Options In Australia

Australia is a photographer’s dream. The country doesn’t fall short of iconic landmarks and pit stops that entice photo enthusiasts from across the globe. The country is home to some of the world’s most iconic landmarks, alongside hidden gems located in Australia’s less visited but equally stunning locations. But in order to capture all the beauty that Australia has to offer, you want to make sure you’re equipped with the right toolset.  

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1. Sydney Opera House, New South Wales

Australia’s most recognizable building is also one of the most beautiful spots in Australia. The stunning architecture is great from all angles. I think the best spots for photography are from Mrs. Macquaries Point. At the end of the point, there are rocks that are great for sunsets and long exposure shots.

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2. Mona Vale Rock Pool, New South Wales

Ok so this spot may be best for those with a drone, but Sydney’s best rock pool is still amazing for a swim. The ocean surrounds the pool and the waves engulf it while you take a dip.  It is roughly 45 minutes north of downtown Sydney. 

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3. Cape Hillsborough, Queensland

When in Australia, seeing Kangaroos will become the new norm. I can’t image why anyone would not love these animals, they are adorable. One of the best places to see them is at Cape Hillsborough. Every morning, wallabies and a few roos head to the beach for a feeding. It is the perfect opportunity to get an up-close shot of a roo.

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4. Babinda Boulders, Queensland

This park 45 minutes south of Cairns was a perfect stop on a hot day. There is a trail leading from the parking lot to an excellent swimming area in the river and a pretty sweet rock to jump from. Another trail leads down to the boulders. The river carves through massive boulders, and it is a pretty sweet stop in Queensland.

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5. Devil’s Marbles, Northern Territory

One of the strangest and coolest things in Australia hands down is Devil’s Marbles. How on earth did these rock formations stack the way they do!? I have no clue. There is a nice campsite here for only a few bucks per night, and several walking trails to explore the area. If just passing by, at least give it one hour to explore.

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6. Kings Canyon, Northern Territory

When I think of Kings Canyon, I think of California. It’s my home. But Australia has the better park. Kings Canyon National Park is the most underrated spot in all of Australia. Not everyone visits this park, and they are missing out. The rim walk is only three hours but has some epic spots to take pictures. The dramatic cliffs of Kings Canyon were one of our favorite Instagram spots in all of Australia. It is a two-hour drive from Uluru.

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7. The Grampians, Victoria

This awesome national park 3-hours from Melbourne has tons of epic viewpoints, amazing wildlife, and loads of Instagram spots. From Halls Gap, the Balconies, the Pinnacle Lookout, and Hollow Mountain, there are tons of places to explore. One of our favorite pictures was from Mackenzie Falls, which has a beautiful flow and a perfect surrounding for that epic Insta shot!

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8. Figure 8 Pools, New South Wales

Royal National Park is a short drive from Sydney and has some pretty amazing coastline. The Figure 8 Pools is a popular attraction. This is an easy two-hour walk. To get out by the tide pools it is required to be here during low tide. Any other time, the natural tide pools are covered in water and getting smashed by massive waves, which can be seriously dangerous. If the low tide is during sunrise/sunset hours, there will be fewer crowds than normal. Going mid-day on a weekend will likely have hundreds of people there.

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9. Wedding Cake Rock, New South Wales

Located in Royal National Park is Wedding Cake Rock, also known as the White Rock. This is a very easy two-hour walk starting near Bundeena. There are excellent viewpoints of the coastline on this walk. It is a perfect place for whale watching during the October to December migration as the humpback whales swim south. The Wedding Cake Rock is layered rocks that are pure white, however, they are separating from the side of the cliff and experts predict they will fall in the next ten years. Because of the risk, they have fenced off the area. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone that we jumped the fence!

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10. Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

Australia’s most picturesque mountain is Cradle Mountain in Tasmania. It is the highlight of the world-famous Overland Track. There are several walking trails to explore the area. Dove Lake is a beautiful lake at the base of the mountain, with an easy walking trail. Make sure to check out the boathouse for a good photo spot. We recommend a circuit up to Hansons Peak and then on the Face Track. This trail meets up with the summit route. A hike up to the summit is a must, which requires some bouldering. Views from the top of Cradle Mountain are amazing. On the way down, look for the small tarns to have some fun and epic shots.

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