Student blog: most Instagrammable places in Brisbane
Ameya is from Pune, India, currently pursuing a Master of Communication for Social Change in The University of Queensland. He is passionate about developing a perspective on social issues around the world and learning how communication can be used as a tool to eradicate them.
We are in an era where your presence on social media and how responsibly you present yourself matters. The hashtags you use and handles you tag in your content are aspects that decide how far your content could reach. If used wisely, we all know that Instagram is one platform where you can flaunt all the photography skills that you have. You might not own the most expensive gadgets in the world but, with right perspective, you can stand out.
However, your surroundings play an important role in framing your story. Fortunately enough, you have landed in the capital of the Sunshine State of Australia. With 300 days of sunshine every year, a dazzling night life and a number of vantage points, you never have to worry about your Instagram feed again.
Here is my pick of the 8 most Instagram-worthy places in Brisbane that you can begin your journey with.
Opened for access in 1940, this bridge connects Kangaroo Point to the city. Take a walk, drive, ride a bike or simply ensure that it finds a place in your 'gram. Everyone has their own favourite angle to capture the Story Bridge in all its glory. My favorite angle is from a CityCat ferry as you pass under it on the Brisbane River between Eagle Street and Gardens Point; and a photo of Brisbane’s Riverfire when the entire bridge decorates itself like a bride with all the fireworks is a must.
Roma Street Parkland
With sixteen hectares of scenic views in the heart of the city, Roma Street Parkland definitely gets first place in this list. I started my own journey of exploring and capturing the glamour of Brisbane with this spot. Not only does it have historic relevance and significance but also some great Instagram worthy frames that one simply cannot afford to miss out on.
Look out for #romastreetart to explore wall art in and around this place.
QUT Gardens Point
If you live in Brisbane and your Instagram feed does not have a single photo of you posing in front of a fairy light tree, then your feed is incomplete. These two huge fig trees lit by fairy lights are located in QUT’s Gardens Point campus, set up at the banks of Brisbane river. Its significance is so important that you can see featured photos of this being shared on almost every other major Brisbane Instagram platform including @visitbrisbane @brisbanecitycouncil @brisbanecity @studybrisbane and so on…
The University of Queensland
As one of the oldest universities in the country, The University of Queensland features magnificent sandstone buildings with beautiful carvings and symmetry like nowhere else. Take some snaps of the dream-like purple canopy falling over the campus every spring, look out for when the sandstone corridors are lit up after dawn or when cute duck families swim across the lake at sunset.
Located 15 km away from Brisbane city, Mt. Coot-tha is the closest spot from the CBD where you can capture a panoramic view of Brisbane and its surrounds. A morning hike in its scenic Summit Track is not only refreshing but also a mesmerizing experience of the outdoor lifestyle that most represents Brisbane’s spirits. The view of Brisbane City from Mt. Coot-tha lookout remains stunning at sunset or sunrise, on a cloudy day or even during a thunderstorm – different weathers just add to its charm.
Here at the heart and soul of Brisbane’s night life, not many people notice the beautiful wall art. A bright sunny morning or a glamourous lit up night, Fortitude Valley’s wall art deserves a special place in your Instagram feed. A city home to such a culturally diverse population also gets its own advantage in that everyone can present their respective cultures in their own way and wall-art is one such attraction. Take a walk among the laneways on a Sunday morning and try to capture your own take on it.
Like a shot of London is incomplete without the Big Ben and the London Eye, a photo of Brisbane city’s skyline would be incomplete without the Brisbane sign and Wheel of Brisbane that has been set up only few metres away at South Bank. Take a tour on the wheel to get a view from above.
Tip: Turn on the Boomerang feature when you take photos of these from ground to give your feed a subtle effect.
This sanctuary is one of the hidden treasures of Brisbane. It is located on the outskirts of the city but is easily accessible by bus or a dedicated ferry service offered by Mirimar Cruises. The sanctuary is home to the most photogenic animals in the world - koalas. You can book a personal tour or take photo while cuddling a Koala. You can also hand-feed kangaroos and get up close and personal with Australian wildlife. A special highlight of you cuddling and feeding these cute Aussie locals will certainly make your friends back home jealous.