Have you ever scrolled through your Instagram feed while stuck studying in the library and seen it lined with images of friends studying abroad in New South Wales, Australia, lounging on perfect beaches and taking selfies with kangaroos? That’s the worst. 

But, there’s no need to be jealous anymore! With StudentUniverse discounted flights you can make your dream trip down under finally come true. And it keeps getting better. Lucky for you, we have the insider scoop to help you achieve those perfect Instagram posts of your own during your visit to New South Wales. These 8 Instaworthy places in New South Wales will give you an adventurous vacation and an even better Instagram game.

Sydney Opera House

Sydney is the capital city of New South Wales and one of Australia’s largest cities. The Sydney Opera House overlooking the harbour is one of the most iconic Aussie Instagram shots. The sail-like design of the Sydney Opera House makes it one of the most distinctive views in the city. On top of its dashing looks, the Sydney Opera House has a great personality, too. There are over 40 shows a week so that you’re guaranteed to find something right up your alley for a night of entertainment.

Bondi Beach

The famous Australian beach is lined with surfers and sun bunnies enjoying the waves and the views. What makes Bondi different than any other beach and one that will stand out on your Instagram? The Icebergs Pool! The pool is filled with the ocean saltwater. As you’re taking your dip and underwater photoshoot, you will be able to feel the waves crashing in. Entrance is only $5 but, take note that it’s closed on Thursdays.

Byron Bay

Byron Bay is the classic Aussie beach town with laid-back surfer vibes and easy on the eyes views. Take a dolphin kayak tour, experience total bliss at the many yoga retreats or discover a hidden swimming hole for your Insta story. Whatever you do, don’t miss the inspiring sun rises at Cape Byron. You (and your Insta followers) won’t regret it.

Port Stephens Sand Dunes

Port Stephens is made for those seeking adventure and excitement to add to their Instagram and life. Explore the sand dunes through sandboarding, sand dune safaris, camel rides or quad bike tours. Say cheese!

Royal National Park

New South Wales is home to over 200 national parks, so there’s adventure wherever you turn. The Royal National Park has some thrill-seeking activities, perfect for the camera. The Figure 8 Pools are a collection of natural rock pools along the coastal rock shelf. The journey to and from the pools is a challenging walk along the coast. We recommend visiting during low-tide and with a guided tour.

The Royal National Park also has some more low-key activities such as the Wattamolla swimming lagoon, Garie Beach and the nearby Symbio Wildlife Park (there are koalas) that will still make the perfect Aussie Insta.

Palm Beach

Along Sydney’s Great Coastal Walk you’ll find views of the Australian landscape, nature and at a panoramic view of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Broken Bay and the Central Coast at the top. Your Instagram is incomplete without a snapshot of these views.

After your walk, cool down with a private surf lesson from the world’s pros or rent a kayak/paddleboard to explore the beach via water. Finally, finish off your visit to Palm Beach with some boujee eats at the famous Boathouse restaurant. If you prefer a lower-key vibe, visit Celsius Coffee Co, which is actually floating atop a ferry wharf.

For more yummy eats along your journey, check out the best Sydney Bites Down Under.

Pebbly Beach

Just anyone can take a selfie with the Australian kangaroos at a sanctuary but if you want to see real-life, wild kangaroos then Pebbly Beach is your spot. It has the largest resident population for kangaroos and the cuties roam the beach and park all day long. Do it for the ‘gram!

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the most photographed landmarks in Australia and a must-Insta during your trip. Take in the view from below or visit the bridge’s lookout for a view of Sydney. If you’re feeling adventurous, do the BridgeClimb Sydney for a 360-degree view of the city.  

Happy exploring! Don’t forget to tag us (@studentuniverse) in any of your epic Instagrams and you could be featured on our page.

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