With 2021 coming to an end now is the perfect time to take a moment and reflect on the year that was. One of the ways we look back is to check out our most popular Instagram posts of the year – it’s a great way to plan which places to visit again soon!
Sunrise at Point Cartwright
This year’s most popular post on the Visit Sunshine Coast Instagram was taken at Morgan’s Pines in the Glass House Mountains, a family-run farm that each year grow half a million pineapples.
The photo, shared by the team at Pure Gold Pineapples, shows the sun setting on another day on the farm, a sea of golden pineapples lit up underneath the tangerine sky.
Pineapple Plantation - Morgan’s Pines, Glasshouse Mountains. Credit: @PureGoldPineapples
The photo was in good company, with colourful images of the Sunshine Coast’s iconic beaches, adorable wildlife and lush hinterland making up the Top 10, which was based on highest user engagement.
Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Matt Stoeckel said the top social posts of 2021 were a great reflection of what the Sunshine Coast had to offer as a destination.
“Over the past 12 months we’ve seen a real trend in people wanting to take time out and reconnect not only with each other but with nature, and this is beautifully reflected in our top Instagram posts,” he said.
“If a photo tells a 1000 words, this stunning collection of images paints a true story of what makes the Sunshine Coast so appealing for visitors.
“I was really excited to see that Pure Gold Pineapples took out the top spot, with another pineapple image coming in at number three.
“Pineapples have long been a symbol of the Sunshine Coast, in fact, our very own Aussie icon the Big Pineapple celebrated its 50th birthday this year.
“It’s an extremely fitting and sweet way to wrap up 2021.”
1. Pineapple Plantation - Morgan’s Pines, Glasshouse Mountains
2. Alexandra Headland sunset – The Rock Wall, Alexandra Headland
Alexandra Headland sunset – The Rock Wall, Alexandra Headland. Credit: @lauradanielle_
3. Yandina Pineapples – Yandina, Sunshine Coast
Yandina Pineapples – Yandina, Sunshine Coast - Credit: @traveljunkieau
4. Sunshine Beach staircase – Sunshine Beach
Sunshine Beach staircase – Sunshine Beach. Credit: @kiarajorgensen
5. Dolphin surfing – Noosa Ocean Rider, Noosa
6. Mornings at Mooloolaba Beach – Mooloolaba
Mornings at Mooloolaba Beach – Mooloolaba. Credit: @davewilcockphotography
7. Emma the baby Antechinus – Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, Australia Zoo
Emma the baby Antechinus – Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. Credit: @wildlifewarriorsworldwide
8. Koala belly scratches – Wildlife HQ, Woombye
9. Pastel skies at Sunshine Beach – Sunshine Beach
Pastel skies at Sunshine Beach – Sunshine Beach. Credit: @marissaknightphotography
10. Emerald hues at Booloumba Creek – Booloumba Creek, Conondale National Park
Locals and visitors are encouraged to tag @visitsunshinecoast and use the #visitsunshinecoast on their holiday snaps to give Visit Sunshine Coast permission to regram and be featured on the Instragram feed!