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From Lavender Fields To Waterfalls, These Are The Local Spots Aussie’s Can’t Get Enough Of

The most valuable travel advice you can get are tips from the locals. Whether it’s a small town you may have over-looked on your own, a hidden swimming hole only insiders know about, or the best place around to stuff your face.

Knowing this full well, Webjet.com.au put a call out to its users and social media followers in Australia to “show off some of the country’s most untouched, treasured or unique travel destinations”. We stan a large scale insider’s guide.

As a result, there were 2,000 entries across Instagram and Facebook sharing people’s favourite places around Australia, from beaches, to waterfalls, to hidden places to view iconic landmarks without the crowds. But which places are most popular?

Webjet identified the top eight suggestions, and frankly they’re all now immediately on my bucket list. You can wanderlust after them yourself below.

#1 Ormiston Gorge in the Northern Territory

 

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This entry by Instagram user @kylesofsmiles, brings the striking red rock walls and hidden swimming spots of Ormiston Gorge to life. Plus, it never dries up, so you can explore and swim all year round.

#2 Magic Rock along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road

 

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There’s no end of stunning rock formations along the Great Ocean Road, with the 12 Apostles obviously being one of the most popular places to stop. Check out Magic Rock to escape the crowds but keep the magic.

#3 Lincoln’s Rock in the Blue Mountains, NSW

 

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While most people head straight to the Three Sisters (and they should, they are some very cool rocks), if you want to take the road less travelled, try Lincoln’s Rock in Wentworth Falls.

#4 Bridestowe Lavender Estate in Tasmania

 

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You’d be forgiven for mistaking the rows of purple lavender in Bridestow, about an hour from Launceston, for the famous fields in Provence.

#5 The Flinders Ranges in South Australia

 

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The Flinders Ranges remain less known than the Red Centre, but the ancient fossils, wide salt lakes, and famous Cornish pasties make the region a huge drawcard.

#6 The Stirling Ranges in West Australia

 

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If you need a new one for the ‘Gram, the Stirling Ranges have plenty of places to provide the perfect background. Turn it up to 11 with a sunrise at Bluff Knoll.

#7 Bluff Falls in Victoria

 

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We can’t resist a good waterfall. Australia might be spoiled for choice, but none can beat the wide drop of Bluff Falls in Victoria’s Pine Mountain National Park. It’s got a heap of walking trails to explore too.

#8 Strahan in Tasmania

 

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A road trip around Tassie isn’t complete without stopping in the quaint fishing town of Strahan along the Apple Isle’s west coast. It has a dark and fascinating convict past, and is set on the edge of a Wilderness World Heritage Area.

(Lead Image: Provided / Webjet / Instagram @limvoeung)