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Canberra’s best Instagrammable outdoor locations

The saying “take a photo or it didn’t happen” is the mantra of the Instagram era, so knowing the perfect spots for the ‘gram is a must.

Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons in Canberra as the leaves change to vivid reds, purples, oranges and yellows, making it perfect for stunning photos.

Whether you’re a selfie lover, nature ‘grammer or a landscape aficionado, CW has complied some of the best Instagrammable outdoor locations.

Parks and Nature Reserves

Nara Peace Park

Located at Lennox Gardens, the Japanese themed garden offers beautiful views of Black Mountain, the Brindabella Ranges and the city centre. Pose by the Japanese plantings or cast your camera over the lake for a stunning shot.

Flynn Drive, Yarralumla

Namadgi National Park

As Namadgi National Park re-opens after the Orroral Valley bushfires, visiting the wilderness has never sounded so good. Look out for native animals to get a cute shot.

Naas Road, Tharwa

Gibraltar Falls

The only readily accessible waterfall in the ACT, Gibraltar Falls is perfectto explore on an autumn day. Use the viewing platform just below the top lip of the falls or follow the walking trail to Woods Reserve.

Corin Road, Paddys River 

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Watch the bush come alive from behind your camera lens. With natural beauty all around, Tidbinbilla is sure to treat you to the best of the season.

Paddys River Road, Paddys River


Mount Ainslie

Take in Lake Burley Griffin and the city-scape, framed by picturesque mountain ranges. Walk, cycle or drive to the lookout to enjoy the impressive view as the autumnal displays kick into gear.

Mount Pleasant Lookout

Want a city-scape view without the crowds? Mount Pleasant is perfect. Drive through Duntroon to the top of Mount Pleasant for beautiful views over Lake Burley Griffin, the Duntroon Royal Military College and Jerrabomberra Wetlands.

General Bridges Drive, Campbell

Mount Stromlo Observatory 

With spectacular views over Canberra and the Brindabellas, this is the spot to visit for the coveted sunset pic.

Mt Stromlo Observatory via Cotter Road, Weston Creek

Ponds, Wetlands and Lakes

Yerrabi Pond

On Canberra’s Northside, Yerrabi Pond is the perfect spot for a ‘grammable stroll.  

Gundaroo Drive, Amaroo

Jerrabomberra Wetlands

For the crisp crunch of autumn leaves beneath your feet, visit Jerrabomberra Wetlands. Located in the heart of Canberra in between Kingston Foreshore and Fyshwick, pack some snacks and have a stunning sunset supper.

2 Dairy Road, Fyshwick

Lake Burley Griffin

The remarkable centrepiece of Canberra is perfect for taking a stroll to see the colourful foliage or set out on a misty morning for a moody shot of some local icons.  

Lake Burley Griffin, Acton


National Arboretum Canberra

With endless hills, botanical beauty and award-winning architecture, the Arboretum is the perfect place for a posed (or candid) Insta photo.

Forest Drive, Molonglo Valley

Australian National Botanic Gardens

A stone’s throw from the city centre, escape from bustle and become one with nature. The misty rainforest and Red Centre Garden are just some of the amazing areas for a nature inspired photoshoot.

Black Mountain, Clunies Ross Street, Acton

Displaying the Gallery’s extensive collection of 26 sculptures, the artistic highlights of the Sculpture Gardens are not to be missed.

Parkes Place East, Parkes

Honourable mention

Canberra’s wine region

Visit one of the many vineyards around the region to score yourself a glass of wine and a winning shot, no matter the time of day.

What’s your favourite Insta-worthy location in Canberra? Let us know in the comments below.

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