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11 travel Instagrammers you need to follow in 2019

With the new year comes new travel Instagrammers to stalk wanderlust over. And we’re not mad about it.

Those #droneporn and #nature shots shared by our favourite ‘grammers are a key source of our holiday dreaming and planning.

When it comes to travel in Queensland, we’re lucky to have some pretty epic content creators who love to share their experiences, from kicking back with wild kangaroos on the beach to sailing along the coast and hiking through lush surrounds with jaw-dropping vantage points.

For your daily dose of travel inspo, FOMO and #fromwhereyoudratherbe moments, here are 11 travel Instagrammers you need to follow to plan your 2019 adventures in Queensland.

(ICYMI, check out these 13 other Instagrammers you should follow if you aren’t already.)

Nathan Prostamo

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With the Gold Coast as his backdrop, it’s no wonder Nathan Prostamo (@nathanprostamo) got into taking epic shots of that vibrant coastline and surfers shredding atop the azure water.

Scroll through Nathan’s feed and you’ll instantly want to dive into Southern Gold Coast hot spots, like Burleigh Heads and Palm Beach, or learn to surf like a pro.

Courtney and Kinga Atkinson

When this Ironman isn’t competing in endurance events in breathtakingly beautiful locations or exploring his own backyard of the Gold Coast, Courtney Atkinson (@mrcourtneyatkinson) is travelling with his wife, Kinga Atkinson (@awolfamily) and their adventure-loving kids.

They’re currently embarking on an East Coast road trip up to Cape Tribulation in Tropical North Queensland and if their daily updates don’t give you FOMO then we don’t know what will.

James Vodicka

BRB. We’re going to find whichever aquatic playground James Vodicka (@jamesvodicka) is exploring. This guy lives. the. life. hopping from coast to coast, experiencing the world via a yacht, a snorkel or plane.

James’ ‘gram boasts blue hues and marine life, leaving you with that #blessed feeling of how incredible the world truly is.

Psst! Check out this hot video James whipped up from his recent trip to Heron Island. (Spoiler: It involves seaplanes, turtles and manta rays!)

Bel Lindemann

If you like fairy-floss skies and nature to boot, Bel Lindemann (@meandmytravelbugs) is your gal to follow.

Travelling around with her husband Jesse Lindemann (@photobohemian), these friends of Queensland have seen and done much of the Sunshine State and shared their BEA-utiful experiences, like standing atop rocky terrain over Carnarvon Gorge and hanging out on palm tree rope swings on the beach of Cape Tribulation.

Bel and Jesse are residing on the Sunshine Coast (for now) and we warn you, their daily updates of their new backyard are something spectacular *packs bags*.

Richard Greenwood

From Britain to Brisbane, Richard Greenwood (@britinbrisbane) is certainly showing his friends back home what they’re missing out on. When you see Brisbane through Richard’s eyes and from above, you’ll want to move there too!

If he’s not capturing the Story Bridge all lit up at sunset via drone, you’ll find Richard checking out new digs, like the Howard Smith Wharves precinct, or snapping the coastline either side of Brisbane.

Jacinta Shackleton

When she’s not busy being a marine biologist on Lady Elliot Island, Jacinta Shackleton (@jacintashackleton) is exploring what’s below the surface. Could there be a better office?

Her day consists of hanging with the locals… turtles, manta and eagle rays, dolphins and hundreds of colourful fish. Ecotourism is the name of the game on Lady Elliot Island and ensuring its residents (and visitors) are taken care of.

Right now, you’ll find green sea turtles nesting on the beaches (from November to January) before their little hatchlings pop out to greet the world and dash for the ocean (from January to March). Check out this video Jacinta captured of this magical experience.

Kyle Hunter and Hayley Anderson

The true definition of #couplegoals, Kyle Hunter (@kyle_hunter) and Hayley Anderson (@haylsa) have the world as their oyster.

In between trips gallivanting overseas, you’ll find them dipping a toe along the Queensland coastline, from Great Barrier Reef trips in Tropical North Queensland to taking the lesser-known trail through the Gold Coast Hinterland.

One thing is for sure, these guys know how to find the best vantage points and one-of-a-kind experiences that will make you book that plane ticket, stat!

Dave Wilcock

If you ever wondered why it was called the Sunshine Coast, Dave Wilcock’s (@davewilcockphotography) Instagram feed will show you!

With Noosa as his primary muse, Dave’s aerial shots exude blissful vibes and give a nod to balmy beach days in a surfer’s paradise.

Dave admits “I just looooove shooting sunrise at the beach, there’s just something about being up watching the sun peak over the horizon illuminating the landscape that just makes me think ‘yep, this is how I want to start every day.” We couldn’t agree more, Dave!

Sam Tilden

Find a better job than Sam Tilden’s (@rangersam_). She’s a Ranger at Cape Hillsborough – around a 40-minute drive north of Mackay, which is hands down the best place in Australia to see kangaroos and wallabies on the beach – taking visitors on a Sunrise with the Wallabies Tour.

Every morning, these curious creatures skip to the beach to say g’day to new friends and have a buffet brekkie of mangrove seed pods (delicious?). From bouncing baby wallabies to big mama kangaroos, this is the closest you’ll come to these guys in the wild.

Follow Ranger Sam’s daily adventures with these mischievous lot and be prepared for heart-melting “awww” moments.

Want to see yourself on this list?

While you’re here, follow @queensland on Instagram for some more travel inspo on where you should visit in 2019. 😍

Who’s your favourite travel Instagrammer? Tell us in the comments below.