With the new age of social media, half the travel inspiration we get is from the little gem we call Instagram. Without the alluring visions of clear blue oceans, lush green forests and twinkling city lights constantly popping up on our feeds, we might not have the motivation to save those pennies for a plane ticket. However, when it comes to Australia‘s top Instagrammers, be prepared to be inspired by salty hair, interior designs, beautiful landscapes and bodacious beach babes.
ZOE FOSTER-BLAKE @zotheysay
Famously, Australia’s most charismatic and beloved duo, the names Hamish Blake and Zoe Foster go hand in hand. The pair have strong Instagram game, but there’s no doubt Zoe’s down-to-earth photos and witty captions make her the clear winner. Despite being a former beauty editor, an author, a business-owner, a mother to two insanely adorable children and seemingly having it all, her feed is a very honest (and witty) reality check on herself.
AUBREY DAQUINAG @theloveassembly
A perfect mix of style, substance and exotic travel locations, Aubrey Daquing started The Love Assembly to inspire girls from around the world to live a more creative and inquisitive life. Born and raised in Australia, Aubrey’s Instagram page has a pastel-bright lookbook theme and has the power to make you feel sunny on a gloomy day.
I started travelling, taking photos and collecting all of my favourite places to shop, eat and see around the world. It eventually turned into my job. To travel the world, take photos, and share all of my favourite finds for tourism boards, travel publications, brands and the digi-destination of @theloveassembly. That’s the thing about getting work you love—you have to just do the work you love. For free. Forget about the money for a moment and do the things that naturally interest you. Eventually it leads to so many more opportunities, trust me. ✨ ⠀ Here’s one of my favourite finds from Morocco that will be in our travel guide that’s launching next month – subscribe to the love club (link in bio) to be the first to receive all things new happening. There’s a lot! 🇲🇦🥙 Anyway, what’s for lunch? ⠀ _ #getoutandgather #simplymorocco
NATASHA OAKLEY @tashoakley
In 2012, Natasha and her business partner founded a blog that shared a new photo of a bikini a day, appropriately named ‘Bikini A Day’. When they received hoards of followers, they launched a swimwear line called Monday. Her Instagram features sunny beaches, broad smiles and of course killer swimwear.
REBEL WILSON @rebelwilson
Rebel Wilson’s Instagram is the number one indicator that this woman is who you want as your next best friend. She’s a fun-loving, mile-a-minute gal, with her Instagram snaps featuring Australia, Hollywood or her brother’s tennis court, depending on the day. She loves her work, she’s hilarious and her ‘gram features all her upcoming projects – so if you loved her in Pitch Perfect, start following!
GARRY NORRIS @garry_norris
Norris describes himself as a ‘visual storyteller’, and his Instagram is evidence to that statement. His photography skills are out of this world, and the photos he takes – mainly nature-centric – are ethereal. Originally from the Gold Coast in Queensland, he began his photography career by shooting the beaches at dawn, so any of his photos featuring water often take front and centre. Expanding out of Australia and into South-East Asia, his photos keep the same surreal vividness but take on an entirely new and rugged terrain.
Jewels taking a moment at the epic Canal Rock formation near Margaret River ☺️ Hanging out with my buddy @jewelszee in Margaret River has been one of the funnest trips I’ve ever been on, we have laughed so much some days that we haven’t been able to walk, I now have a 6 pack like Batman 😂. It all started with me sitting on a wet (maybe pee) plane seat for 5hrs, then a bird pooping on my head and there may or may not have been a broken pinky toe (don’t try hiking in flip flops). It’s always awesome hanging out in @westernaustralia and a must add to your bucketlist, stay tuned for more pics 😁😁 #justanotherdayinwa
LAUREN BATH @laurenepbath
Lauren is the type of Instagrammer you really get to know because she doesn’t just caption her snaps with arty keywords (like ‘summer’), she really shares with you her adventures around the globe, especially in Asia and Australia. She’s a huge wildlife lover, so expect plenty of photos of all kinds of animals, from dogs to orangutans. One of the most seasoned social media queens, Lauren is known as ‘Australia’s first Instagrammer’. While she may be the oldest, her skill hasn’t diminished over the years, and her posts are still entertaining as ever.
So it turns out that Mooloolaba is the best base for the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and thanks to the team at Breeze we got some amazing recommendations on what to do, including this hike up Mount Ngungun. The views of the Glasshouse Mountains were 😱😱😱. Now since I am not known for my hiking prowess I had to find a way to pay Georgie back for dragging my ass up the mountain. Modeling duties did the trick. 😂💃🏼 @Choice_Hotels_AU #ChoiceHotelsAU . . . . . . #seeaustralia #australia #breezemooloolaba #visitsunshinecoast #sunshinecoast #mooloolaba #queensland #thisisqueensland #onetreehill #maleny #awesomeglobe #beautifuldestinations #earthpix #travelstoke #awesome_earthpix #theglobewanderer #wonderful_places #bbctravel #discoverearth #cntraveler #resourcetravel #lonelyplanet
SJANA EARP @sjanaelise
Looking for inner peace? A how-to guide for mediation? Yoga moves that will make you as flexible as a rubber band in no time? Look no further than Sjana Earp, a yoga teacher, traveller and sun chaser.
The Aussie beauty is an open and honest ‘grammer, who believes in connecting to her followers through strong visual imagery and her openness to sharing her posting tips to budding Instagrammers. She films her own ‘shoots’, taking an iPad and a few changes of clothes down to the beach. She regularly posts and speaks openly about how social media can positively influence mental health.
TAMMY HEMBROW @tammyhembrow
Australian’s own Kim Kardashian, Hembrow constantly posts curve-loving, esteem-boosting selfies designed to make any woman feel great and any man look twice. The Gold Coast mother of two is a fitness guru and mummy-blogger. She often mixes the two, posting down-to-earth tips on how mothers can squeeze in a workout in between nap time and feeding time. She recently launched a luxe sportware range called Saski, modelling the entire range herself.
NICOLE WERN @garypeppergirl
Throwing an up-and-coming fashion icon into the mix, Nicole Wern posts the kind of chic life you imagine for yourself when you’re wearing tracksuit pants and haven’t washed your hair in awhile. Her feed shows her loyalty to Australian designers, and her posts are a great way to learn the names and styles of some of Australia’s best. Capturing beauty in the simple and serene, she encourages all women to feel beautiful in their own skin. Thanks, Nicole!
WILLIAM PATINO @william_patino
A refreshing take on Aussie scenery, Patino focuses his work on one area – Wollongong. Know it? Don’t worry if you don’t. Follow him on Instagram, and soon you’ll have added a new destination to your itinerary. The beautiful south coast of Sydney is vastly underrated, and Patino depicts a surreal landscape you don’t want to miss when you’re travelling Australia.
Liss Connel – @lifeintheslowlane
Liss leads the life we all dream of, chasing the sun around Australia, lying on the beach and tasting the best desserts the country has to offer. The confessed chocolate lover shares the adventures of her eternal road trip from her tiny caravan. Her photos of the great Australian outdoors are colourful and nature-based. Liss will inspire you to travel to the most remote corners of Australia, for experiences and views you’ll never forget.