Bitter Springs, Northern Territory. Picture: Tourism NT
Bitter Springs, Northern Territory. Picture: Tourism NT

Aussie travel: 13 ultimate spots for surreal photos

THEY look like they belong in a fairytale, but these places actually exist in real life.

And incredibly, they're all in our own backyard.

Given it's their job to know Australia, the staff at Tourism Australia are a pretty well-travelled bunch - but every so often a picture of an "undiscovered" spot submitted by fans of the @Australia Instagram page even manages to stun the experts.

But don't expect these spectacular sights to stay unknown for long. Each of these locations has already clocked up tens of thousands of "likes" on Instagram, with many fans immediately making plans to visit.

And much as Aussies would like to keep these hideaways our own little secret, showcasing the country's diverse attractions to the world is central to Tourism Australia's strategy, according to managing director John O'Sullivan.

"There are just so many incredible places waiting to be discovering across the length and breadth of the country and it's always great to read the many positive comments as we share some of these hidden gems with our followers," he says.

Here are 13 of the most amazing snaps from around Australia that wowed the folk at Tourism Australia - and us!

1. Crystal Shower Falls, Dorrigo National Park, NSW



2. Umpherston Sinkhole, SA




3. Bitter Springs, Elsey National Park, NT


4. Lake Bumbunga, SA


5. Tarkine Wilderness, Tasmania



6. The Big Drift, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria




7. Lake Pedder, Tasmania


8. Melaleuca Falls, Kimberley, WA


9. East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory


10. Lord Howe Island, NSW



11. Daintree Rainforest, Queensland



12. Lancelin Sand Dunes, WA



13. Orpheus Island, Queensland




Check out @australia on Instagram for more amazing Aussie pics and for more holiday inspiration from around the world, follow @escapesnaps.

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