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Top 10 Instagrammable locations on the Gold Coast

Emily Halloran | September 27, 2021

Poised with stunning beaches and dressed with a luscious Hinterland – there are endless places on the Gold Coast for an ‘Instagrammable’ photo opportunity. The city alone is a snapshot postcard itself.

Here are our favourite hotspots for the best Insta-worthy photos.

For the green thumb

Escape into a tranquil oasis by heading into Currumbin Valley. This is the perfect area for those wanting to freshen up their feed with some greenery and natural landscapes. Freeman’s Organic Farm offers picturesque lookout of views of the Currumbin Valley and surrounds. Pasture & Co is the perfect place for those looking to snap up some seriously Instagram-worthy plates of eats and hang out with the local wildlife. The beautiful Currumbin Rockpools is only a few minute’s drive away too.

For the waterfall chaser

Sometimes you have to chase waterfalls for a photo opp! There’s plenty of picturesque places on the Gold Coast where you can find both luscious greenery and stunning waterfalls. Head to Purling Brook Falls, the Natural Bridge at Springbrook or Elabana Falls in Lamington National Park to capture all the natural beauty the Gold Coast has to offer in all it’s glory.

Elabana Falls, Lamington National Park (Photo credit: IG | catr13)

For the street art addict – Surfers Paradise

Need street-style backdrop? Hidden in nooks and corners of the streets of Surfers Paradise are walls of murals from local creatives. The best finds are found on foot. Appel Street and surrounds is the best place to begin, often decked in the work of Shida Art and other graffiti-favourited mural artists. There are also a few sneaky spots near Taboo Tiki, The Avenue, and Cavill Lane on Orchid Avenue. Southport is also a popular place as it is decked in murals and fun graffiti.

Croissant? Twilight markets are held every Thursday evening at Emerald Lakes


We have our very own slice of Europe in the French Quarter

Look out for murals and the replica statue of David

For the travel enthusiast – Emerald Lakes

International travel may be restricted, but you don’t have to go far or need a passport to be transported to overseas. Emerald Lakes is a picture-perfect location, having European-style architecture and colourful terraces for those seeking a chic backdrop. Start your next photoshoot at the French Quarters on The Boulevard before working your way around to the lake.

Designer doors appreciator

Add a pop of colour to your Instagram grid by stopping by one of the city’s many places where creativity flares. Mos Desert Clubhouse in Burleigh Heads is decked in a floor to ceiling desert-styled murals and boasts a great atmosphere. Almost every part of Miami Marketta is covered in uber-cool artwork (including the toilets!), making it an Instagrammer’s dream. The Borrowed Nursery in Mermaid Beach is another favourite, having monochrome cactus artwork outside and overflowing with greenery inside.

Miami Marketta is laneways of creative space and art (Photo credit: @miamimarketta)

For the city slicker – Surfers Paradise

Take yourself and your followers sky-high by heading up to the iconic Q1 Resort’s Observation Deck. At 77 storeys high and offering 360 degrees breathtaking reviews of the Gold Coast and surrounds – this is a photographer’s dream. If heights are not your thing, there’s plenty of pavement on ground with backdrops of high-rises for the perfect street-style photo.

The perfect spot for breakfast with lots of cute gifts stocked on the shelves (Photo credit: @nextdoorespresso)

Gorgeous food, gorgeous set up, gorgeous people (Photo credit: @bumblesbuddsbeach)

No wonder it’s insta-worthy, we actually feel like we’re in Palm Springs (Photo credit: @palmspringsburleigh)

For the socialite

We sure do love wining, dining and eating out on the Gold Coast. If you’re a bit of a socialite and love snapping up candid pics in trendy venues, visit Bumbles Café in Surfers Paradise, Palm Springs or Next Door Espresso in Burleigh, or Pasture and Co in Currumbin Valley. James Street in Burleigh is also ideal, with the bustling street offers boutique stores, art and murals, plenty of good eats and the iconic Burleigh Hill.

Pasture & Co

The scenic devotee – The Panorama, Tallai

For one of the best spots to grab a photo of the whole Gold Coast, take a drive up to one of the city’s most underrated spots at The Panorama. Only a few minutes drive from Mudgeeraba Road, this lookout offers stunning, sweeping views of the Gold Coast and beyond.

You can’t beat the view from Panorama

For the culturalist – Chinatown, Southport

Chinatown in Southport is one of the city’s best places to feel as though you’ve been transported to a quaint part of Asia. There’s plenty of street art, dozens of delicious restaurants and venues dishing up goods, and traditional fixtures stationed around the streets, which will make the perfect backdrop.

(Photo credit: IG | jamespaulblair)

Looking for more locations? Here’s the Gold Coast’s most Instagram-worthy nature walks.

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