The essential Queensland photo bucket list
Holidays used to be about making sure you got the perfect golden tan, meeting amazing people and creating memories that last a lifetime. Not anymore.
Today, the only way to determine if you’ve had an amazing holiday is based on how good your Instagram photos are. You need the stunning sunsets, perfectly-timed jumps and classic airplane shots to show your friends YOU are the best at taking a holiday. This list will guarantee their jealously will be off the charts and you can go home with a smile on your face… even without a perfect tan!
Here are our top 45 photos you HAVE to get when on holidays in Queensland.
1. Holding a surfboard
Whether you take a surf lesson or just end up on the beach at sunrise after a long night, get a friend to snap a pic of you with a surfboard.
3. Lake McKenzie
This may just be one of the most photographed lakes in the world. Located on Fraser Island, the lake has tourists coming in by buses and on 4×4 trips every day. Snap a pic with your new friends, arm in arm in the crystal clear water, or capture the famous tree on the water’s edge.
These shots can be taken anywhere there is a sunset and always look incredible. We recommend also including beaches, palm trees and jumping where possible.
5. Ferris wheel
When you visit Brisbane’s South Bank, you have to get a snap of the iconic Wheel of Brisbane.
6. Facing Queensland
Face the ocean, face the sunset, just face Queensland.
7. Cuddling a koala
Queensland is only one of two states in Australia that let you get this close to these incredibly cute critters! For more info, click here.
9. Jump shot
The best jump shots need to be taken from low down (you will get dirty/wet) and shoot upwards towards the jumper. This will make them look like they are high up in the sky.
10. Road trip
Queensland is made for road trips. Take your time, get out of your car and take in all the amazing scenery. And don’t forget to do a ‘road shot’ like this one:
11. Driving on the beach
Queensland is one of the best places in the world to take your road trip on the sand! Hire a 4-wheel-drive and pack your camping gear. There are drivable beaches to explore all along the coast, which make for unreal sunrises and sunsets.
12. Sand writing
These photos are great for using in photo books to label each beach you visit in Queensland. They’re also useful to send messages back home to jealous friends and family. #wishyouwerehere
13. Whale watching
For the best whale watching check out Hervey Bay, the whale watching capital of Australia.
Don’t forget to look down once in awhile. The sand, the water… this is a great way to capture it all. (Don’t forget the pedicure first!)
15. Ice-cream in paradise
Nothing will incite more jealousy than a delicious looking ice-cream cone with paradise for a backdrop. Trust me.
Rookie mistake: Sleeping in. Since Queensland is located on the east coast of Australia, most of the beaches make for epic sunrise viewing locations. Tip: Always try to include a silhouette in the view to add some depth to your sunrise photo. Palm trees, pandanaus trees and surfers work well.
17. South Bank
Even the cities not on the coast have a beach. How cool is that? If you’re a beach person stuck in the CBD on a sunny day, snap a pic at South Bank at the lagoon built right in the middle of the city, with views of the Brisbane River and skyline.
18. Airplane view
Whether you’re flying in from overseas or taking a small plane up the coast, ALWAYS ask for a window seat. These photos can be unbelievable when the angle and lighting is right.
19. Palm trees
Nothing says the tropics like a shot of palm trees. Sunrise and sunset really make these beauties shine.
20. Red dirt in the outback
21. Mountain top
Head to one of these spots to get the best views of Queensland (also one of the best places to catch sunrise or sunset). Try Picnic Point in Toowoomba, Passage Peak on Hamilton Island or Mt. Cooroy on the Sunshine Coast.
22. Big things
Nothing says “I’m a tourist” like taking a photo in front of a big thing. You can find where they are in Queensland on our Pinterest board.
23. Whitsundays – Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach has been voted one of the best beaches in the world more than a few times. Hike up to Hill Inlet and see the most stunning view of this tropical paradise.
24. Country windmill
There is more to Queensland than just beaches and sunsets… a short drive into the country will open you up to a world of rolling hills, farmland and gorgeous scenery. Don’t miss an opportunity to snap a windmill at sunset!
When you holiday by the ocean, you can beat fresh seafood. Take a photo with the beach in the backdrop to show off how awesome your lunch really is.
26. Surfers Paradise sign
You don’t have to be a surfer to hang out in Surfers Paradise but you DO have to get a cliché photo under the sign. What other country actually has a city with surfing in its name?!
Head over to Fraser Island and get a pic of one of these beauties.
28. Curtain Fig tree
This incredible tree is located in the Atherton Tablelands and is just a short drive from the small town of Yungaburra. It’s massive. Make sure to get into the pic to show your friends how big the tree really is!
29. Chilling in a hammock
At some point during your tropical holiday, you need to be in a hammock. Bonus points if you can hang it between palm trees and stay to watch the sunset. Check out Palm Cove in Tropical North Queensland for the best spot.
Don’t go chasing waterfalls… but if you do, check out this blog post first: Top 10 Waterfalls in Queensland.
The best time for reflections are sunrise or sunset. So get that grumpy other half out of bed at 5:30am or stay up all night at a crazy backpacker bar and catch a stunning reflection on the water’s edge.
32. I’m on a boat!
If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t seen this video, check it out now. Otherwise, you get the idea.
Clounds can be the worst when trying to enjoy a sunny vacation… but when it comes to photography magic, pray for a few and capture them when you can.
35. Sand dunes
36. Rainbow lorikeet
The Rainbow Brite of the bird kingdom. These colourful guys can be found all along the coast, so have the camera ready!
37. Arms up!
It’s like you’re hugging Queensland. This works well as a silhouette at sunset or sunrise too.
These beautiful birds can be seen hanging out on the coast and posing for pictures whenever possible.
39. Cairns Lagoon
The perfect spot to cool off in the heat of Tropical North Queensland. A must-do when in Cairns.
Not only can you show off to your friends about how amazing your holiday is, but you can also show off how fit you are. Bonus!
42. Aussie street signs
Find as many quintessentially Aussie street signs as you can while on your holiday in Queensland. Fun game.
43. Kangaroo on the beach
Head to Cape Hillsborough, less than an hour from Mackay, to see the kangaroos come to the beach every morning for sunrise. It’s an early wake-up call but worth every second.
44. The Lone Tree
There is nothing an Instagram user double taps more than a stunning sunset. Make sure you stay until the end (preferably with a glass of wine) and hope for that pretty pink and purple finale.
So… How many can you tick off the list?
Let us know in the comments below your score out of 45 OR for extra brownie points, compile your photos in a Facebook album, blog post or whatever and leave a link to it in the blog comments!