If your Insta game’s not strong, are you even a Gold Coaster? With a herd of Insta-worthy spots across our stunning city, there’s no excuse for not employing an enviable Instagram account.
To make life easier, and ensure you’re the envy of all your mates, here are our top 12 local Insta-worthy spots.
Surfers Paradise Sign, Surfers Paradise
It’s on every Gold Coast tourists’ bucket list and makes the perfect background for a ‘look where I am’ pic. The Surfers Paradise sign is located right where bustling Cavill Ave meets the beach. Try to make it for sunrise (whether you get up, or stay up, we won’t judge!).
SkyPoint Observation Deck, Q1, Surfers Paradise
There is no better place to take pictures of the Gold Coast’s continuous beaches or the beautiful hinterland than at SkyPoint Observation Deck in Surfers Paradise. The magnificent 360-degree view gives you the perfect setting for that postcard Instagram shot (whether that be at sunset or at night). We even have a discount voucher waiting here for you!
Natural Bridge, Springbrook National Park
Springbrook National Park offers you a couple of great Insta pic locations, the most beautiful and unique being the Natural Bridge rock arch. When you get the right angle and the light hits the water running through the cave, it’s a guaranteed winner! So make sure your battery is fully charged and get ready for a rain forest adventure (watch out for the cave dwelling bats!).
Borrowed Nursery, Mermaid Beach
Never before has a plant nursery gained such a cult-like following so quickly (or perhaps ever). The Borrowed Nursery in Mermaid Beach draws plant lovers and photographers in droves due to its Instagram famous pastel pink wall and bespoke greenery. The stunning space also hosts workshops but if that’s not your jam at least pop in for some healthy retail therapy and an Insta-snap.
Where: 42-44 Cronulla Ave, Mermaid Beach
Miami Hill, Miami
It’s a fitness junkie’s kryptonite but the top of the hill also gives you great views of Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta. You may snap some great pics during the day, but we urge you to make the effort and go during sunrise or sunset – it’s mind blowing and no filter necessary.
Burleigh Point, Burleigh Heads
It’s safe to say that we’ve all snapped shots on Burleigh Hill at some point. A sweet location with balmy breezes and picture-perfect views of Surfers Paradise’ skyline. If you’re lucky enough, you might even spy a whale breaching!
Tallebudgera Creek, Palm Beach
If taken from the right angle, a picture at Talle Creek can easily be mistaken for a beach in Thailand or the Caribbean (but it’s on the coast and that’s even better). The calm waters and palm trees are nothing short of #paradise!
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
When in ‘Straya you must take a picture with a koala and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is the perfect place for that! Of course, there are many more photo opportunities, how about a kangaroo selfie or capturing the crocodile feeding (#meanwhileinaustralia)! With our discount voucher you can be a kid for a day and spam your friends’ Insta feed!
Elephant Rock, Currumbin Beach
There is not just one but two huge rocks at Currumbin Beach and they’re the perfect natural objects for your next Instagram pic! Who doesn’t love a great scenic shot of the deep blue sea? Hot tip: Visit during Swell Sculpture Festival held in September and take pictures of the abstract outdoor sculpture gallery against the ocean.
Big Koala Sculpture, Coolangatta
A guaranteed crowd pleaser amongst your Insta followers will be the big koala sculpture in Coolangatta (there are actually 30 koala sculptures scattered around the Gold Coast, starting in Tweed all the way up to Southport)! It’s a perfect photo op for when you’re on a budget and can’t make it to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary for an actual koala.
Waterfalls, various locations
With so many waterfalls and rock pools to choose from it’s not easy to decide which ones to visit. You should probably just go see them all but we’ve created a list of our faves right here. Since it’s absolutely stinking hot, it’s the perfect excuse for a dip at the same time.
Mexicali, Nobbys Beach
No doubt you’ve noticed the prettiest wall on the Coast beneath Nobbys fave Mexicali. It’s pink and blue and perfectly Insta-worthy and if you haven’t got a snap in front of it, you better hot foot it down there right now.
Don’t forget to tag us in your pics using #insidegoldcoast
By Louisa von Ingelheim