Brisbane's 8 Most Instagram-Worthy Locations
Hands up if you’ve ever felt wanderlust, been inspired to go somewhere or booked a restaurant after seeing pictures on Instagram? It’s so easy to be influenced by what we see on the popular social media platform – and that’s not a bad thing!
Throughout Australia and across the globe, Instagram is a fun addition to the travel experience and travel planning process, with eager holidaymakers sifting out all the top spots to get the best out of their destination – and a few Insta-worthy happy snaps that will get loads of hearts and comments.
Queensland’s sunny capital is a treasure trove of Instagram-worthy locations… if you know where to look. Between the beautiful bridges, urban streetscapes, hidden natural gems, winding river and epic bar and restaurant scene there are dozens of spots to explore (and take amazing photos).
Here are our top picks of the most Instagram-worthy locations in Brisbane for you to capture on your next visit to the vibrant river city.
Get that postcard moment at Wilson’s Outlook
When looking for an image that encapsulates a total postcard moment in Brisbane it’s really hard to beat Wilsons Outlook at Bowen Terrace in New Farm. With panoramic views of the city skyline, the Brisbane River and the ever-iconic Story Bridge, this location is ideal for those looking to capture that token moment that really proves you’ve ‘been-there-done-that’.
Snap the landmark Wheel of Brisbane
Brisbane’s South Bank is a must-explore for any traveller hoping to witness culture, creativity and nature in the one location. Next to the brutalist QPAC building and right by the riverside, the Wheel of Brisbane is a ferris wheel that’s fun to ride but even better for a quick selfie with.
Flowers (and leading lines) are always a good idea
Speaking of South Bank, wander the expansive riverside parklands and stop where you find those Insta-worthy moments (hint: they’re everywhere). If you time it right the magnificent Grand Arbour will be in bloom with bright purple bougainvillea flowers covering the steel structure’s twisting metal curves. Twirl around beneath the blooms for a picture-perfect moment framed by nature itself.
Cool off at the tropical inner city beach
A man-made beach in the middle of the city? Also in the South Bank Parklands, make sure to wander by Streets Beach with its aquatic blue waters, city skyline views and golden sandy beach. There’s no better spot to capture that tropical “Queensland capital” vibe than an inner city beach.
Go to a local lookout and chase street art
Now that you’ve ticked off some serious landmarks and icons of Brisbane, find a more down-to-earth location off the classic tourist trail. Try taking in the view from the top of Highgate Hill Park, then head down the hill towards charming, bohemian West End. Here keep an eye out for street art murals on Boundary Street, Vulture Street and Montague Road, or wander down Fish Lane for some guaranteed street art and great food or wine stops between shots.
Get tropical at the Botanic Gardens
Out at Mt Coot-tha the city’s biggest botanic gardens house a secret – the Tropical Dome. Within this geodesic dome is a lush and lively tropical garden loaded with verdant palms and jungle plants that enjoy the heat year-round.
Enjoy drinks by the river
Sitting directly beneath the Story Bridge, the Howard Smith Wharves precinct is loaded with incredible restaurants and hip bars that enjoy amazing views over the river and city skyline. Perch yourself on a stool on the floating deck at Mr Percival’s and snap a vew happy snaps as the sun sets on another brilliant day.
Take a day trip
For an image that shows the tranquil side of Brisbane, head eastward to the bayside suburb of Shorncliffe, where the restored Shorncliffe Pier stretches out into the beautiful Bramble Bay. Take a walk along the 350-meter boardwalk – it’s dripping with centuries of history and significance and enjoy the breathtaking views. Sunrise or sunset is the prime time to capture your content, as the pier’s pylons create a dreamlike silhouette that juxtapose perfectly against pastel or molten skies.
Don’t forget to tag and use hashtags
It’s not all about adding 100 hashtags and sending your pictures, videos or Reels out into the universe. Instead use a few clever hashtags, mixing popular tags, travel specific tags and, of course, tagging the destinations that might gain you a repost. One to remember while travelling in Queensland is the official #thisisqueensland tag, or try Brisbane’s #brisbaneanyday. If your image gets picked up by the tourism bodies they will share it with hundreds of thousands of fans. Now that would be the icing on an exciting whirlwind adventure through Brisbane, right? But just remember to have fun, enjoy the moment and be yourself. Oh, and don’t forget to tag us at @Oaks_Hotels #oakshotels.
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