Whether out to breakfast, at an event, or on the beach, Instagram’s shoot-filter-tag combo is all part of the experience for most. And while it’s great to switch off our devices and be in the moment every now and again, who could be blamed for wanting to share what an amazing time they’re having? A #humblebrag is always okay in our books.
With this in mind, we thought it would be fun to showcase some of our most Instagrammed getaways. So go on, pick a favourite snap from those ahead – or perhaps you can do better?
Pebble Point is a luxury camping spot along the Great Ocean Road with plenty of check-ins. Located right near the end of Victoria's coastal highway, these five tents are within metres of not one but three national parks. And while we say tents, this is certainly not your standard camping. Here you have king-sized beds, ensuites, heated throw rugs, and a private deck from which to take in the Otway Ranges and star-filled night skies.
Planted on the dunes of Toowoon Bay is Kims Beach Hideaway; a series of bungalows and villas fronted by golden sand and the surf of the Pacific Ocean. It’s obvious to us why this place makes for a shareable pic… think lazing on sun loungers, saltwater hair and hot tub soaks after sunset. Some of the stays even have their own pool and sauna – perfect for some well-deserved relaxation.
Orchard Keepers is a designer getaway nestled amongst the Mornington Peninsula’s rolling vineyards and orchards; originally three separate 19th-century cottages, since transformed into one luxurious, provincial-style home. French-style interiors feature lust-worthy vintage furniture and exotic knick-knacks, and double doors swing open to scenic gardens and sea views. Throw in two large veggie patches and a stash of fancy crockery, and you know you’ll be hosting some pretty enviable dinner parties.
This remote, private island stay is a dream for nature photographers. Unspoiled by urban inhabitation, Kimberly Coastal Camp has no roads, no pollution, and no airstrip. Your options for arrival are floatplane landing directly onto the waterfront, or light aircraft followed by helicopter transfer to the beach. Either-way, you’ll be arriving in style – and that’s just the start. With cabins decked out in Sheridan linen overlooking the azure waters of the Admiralty Gulf, this is one chic campsite.
Bounded by St Andrews beach and its adjoining National Park, at Big Blue Backyard, both bed and breakfast are Insta-worthy. Whichever hideaway you choose, each has a deck with a Jacuzzi, a plush king-sized bed, a ‘spa bar’ of beauty products, and a mini-fridge with local refreshments. Delicious chef-cooked breakfasts are delivered at a prearranged time each day, so there’s no need to leave the comfort of the covers too soon – or at all.
The Flinders Ranges is an iconic Australian landscape. And here, at the foot of Wilpena Pound, you’ll find Rawnsley Park Station. Stunning mountain views surround these luxury eco-villas on the site of a working sheep station, and watching the cliff faces change colour at sunset is a phenomenal experience. Make the most of retractable roof canopies that open up over your bed – with the city lights thousands of kilometres away, the night sky is darker than ever and you’ll lose count of shooting stars.
With near 50k posts between Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, it comes as no surprise that this Italian-inspired beauty is one of our most snapped. Built in 1864 by a Swiss-Italian vigneron, Villa Parma now functions as one ultra lavish spa-country retreat. Set within the beautiful gardens of Peppers Mineral Springs means you're dangerously close to a whole lot of pampering. But then again, you may just want to spend time in the sauna outside, or soak in one of the two double spas.
The Sunshine Coast hinterland overlooks rolling farmlands all the way to the sea. And with floor-to-ceiling windows on every side,Glass on Glasshouse takes advantage of the view. Three cottages each look out to the volcanic cores of the Glasshouse Mountains, where many a hiker has climbed to watch the sunrise. Located near the towns of Montville and Maleny, staying here will mean visits to cute cafes, handmade fudge and chocolate shops, and then working it all off on trails through rainforests and around waterfalls.
And the winner is… the Royal Mail Hotel, Grampians, VIC
Far and away our biggest Instagram hit is this foodie mecca, located in the southern part of the Grampians National Park. Positioned at the foothills of Mount Sturgeon, the Royal Mail Hotel serves up spectacular views, and the ultimate gourmet getaway. The multi-award winning restaurant boasts an incredible chef’s tasting menu centred about locally sourced produce, and after working your way through the excellent wine list, you’ll be glad your luxury room is walking distance away.
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