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Most liked Instagram photos for @VisitCanberra in 2023

Updated 22 Jan 2024

Canberra's spectacular natural beauty, a winner on social media

Whether it was sunrise or sunset, VisitCanberra’s most liked Instagram photos in 2023 highlighted the vast natural beauty and the best the ACT has to offer. It’s not hard to throw a love heart Canberra’s way when it comes to the stunning images 2023 saw posted on Instagram about the nation’s capital.

The official Instagram account for Canberra (@visitcanberra) continues to spread the word about the capital city and its beauty, as 17,000 new followers have joined in over the past 12 months to enjoy the view. In case you missed it, we’ve rounded up the top Instagram posts of 2023 all in one place, so that you too can drool over this beautiful capital city.

Year after year, images of the outdoor and nature-based activities in Canberra have continued to be the most liked posts on VisitCanberra’s social media channels, and 2023 was no different.

Girl in a bright green hoodie and grey hat standing in an autumnal neighbourhood street | © @jujubdendey
Image of an iconic Canberra bus stop in an autumn leaf covered street | © @snapsbysal
Image of a red brown dog sitting in the red brown sunlight around autumnal leaves in front of Lake Burley Griffin. | © @hugo.the.vizsla.boss
Image of a blonde boy with blue eyes and blue hoody crouched in yellow leaves.  | © @melroselanephotography
Autumnal trees in a line in the fog on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin | © @grant_oloughlan
Autumnal leaves of yellow and orange in Canberra | © @aris_pixels
Image of an autumn leaf lined street and a woman in a red dress standing in the middle. | © @travel_ling
Image of a Groodle dog sitting in front of an autumn leaf covered tree. | © @walter.the.groodle
View of the ampitheatre garden at the National Arboretum Canberra through red autumn leaves. | © @stoplumpymash
Image of a woman in a pink dress with yellow sweater standing in the middle of an autumn-leave-lined street. | © @welch

Autumn beauty in Canberra

Autumn carousel – 3,491 likes – @jujubdendey, @snapsbysal, @hugo.the.vizsla.boss, @melroselanephotography, @grant_oloughlan, @aris_pixels, @travel_ling@walter_the_groodle, @stoplumpymash and @welch.jpg

The most popular post of the year was a round-up of autumn images across Canberra. Whether snapped at the National Arboretum Canberra or in one of Canberra’s many beautiful, tree-lined streets – the stunning colours of Canberra’s autumn landscapes garnered nearly 3,500 likes. The post was seen over 45,000 times, received 296 shares and over 100 saves.

Pink and purple sunrise light across Lake Burley Griffin and the National Carillon | © @wanderlust73
Purple and blue image of sunrise fog across Canberra, covering Australian Parliament House | © @bentellier

The sunrise and sunset on show

Lake Burley Griffin sunset – 2,352 likes – @wanderlust73 / Mt. Ainslie sunrise – 2,323 – @bentellier_

Runners up next on the list won’t surprise any Canberran, with a spectacular sunset and a moody sunrise taking 2nd and 3rd place for total likes. With 2,352 likes, local photographer @wanderlust73 captured a stunning sunset over Lake Burley Griffin. While @bentellier_ woke early to photograph Canberra’s most iconic view, looking down Anzac Parade, across to the National Triangle from the Mount Ainslie Lookout.

Image of frost covering the ground at Namadgi National Park | © @laurenlsutton
Image of a blonde woman in a black jacket and beanie, standing in a frosty naturescape | © @laurenlsutton

Walking in a winter wonderland

Namadgi National Park winter wonderland – 2,257 – @laurenlsutton

As one of the few cities in Australia to have four distinct seasons, Canberra definitely puts on a show as the colours change throughout the year. When the frost arrived this year, @laurenlsutton ventured out to Namadgi National Park to capture a winter wonderland. The post was seen over 32,500 times, received 2,257 likes and over 1030 saves – and we’re not surprised!

Image of a man in a ball cap standing in front of Lake Burley Griffin with hot air balloons across the sky | © @jefordmillare
Image at dusk with fire and air inflating hot air balloons before they take off  | © @tamvis11
Images of the Margaret Whitlam Pavillion at the National Arboretum Canberra and sunrise skies with hot air balloons across it. | © @worotan
Images of hot air balloons flying over Lake Burley Griffin with boaters on the water below. | © @zipping12

A spectacular sight

Canberra Balloon Spectacular carousel – 2,195 – @zipping12, @tamvis11, @jefordmillare and @worotan

You can’t think of images of Canberra without thinking of a beautiful skyscape covered in hot air balloons. In 2023, images of the Canberra Balloon Spectacular held annually in March, garnered lots of positive attention, with 2,195 likes for this stunning carousel – and we’re not confused as to why, with views like that.

Fog across a bush landscape in Canberra | © @wanderlust73
Black goose with a red beak standing in green grass with a lavender flower tree backdrop. | © @snapsbysal
Woman with a hand standing in the middle of a sunflower maze | © @tim.j.richardson
Image of Black Mountain Tower during a lavender coloured sunset | © @ashfromthestars_
Woman in a white dress and canvas hat in front of wisteria. | © @surattana.ss
Deep purple sunset across Lake Burley Griffin | © @vanessasmyth_photography

A natural beauty

Winter morning fog across Mt. Majura – 2,164 – @wanderlust73,  Canberra’s best lavender haze carousel – 1,819 –@ashfromthestars_, @surattana.ss@snapsbysaland @vanessasmyth_photography, Sunflower maze at Majura Valley Farm Gate – 1,782 – @tim.j.richardson

More likes and attention given to Canberra’s natural beauty can be seen in the next highest posts, with stunning images of winter morning fog, the lavender haze across the capital, and a sunflower maze at Majura Valley Farm Gate.

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