Top 100 Up & Coming Australian Travel Influencers 2018

Top 100 Up & Coming Australian Travel Influencers 2018

Travel influencers play a big part in Australia’s tourism industry. They capture experiences, destinations, moments and memories and share those with thousands of dreamy-eyed followers, inspiring travel and adventure across the globe.

Here, Experience Oz takes a look at our top 100 up and coming Australian travel influencers who are paving the way for thousands of Australians looking to book their next getaway.

If you’re after quality travel inspiration from some talented Aussies – or simply enjoy looking at amazing photos – these rank as our top up and coming influencers set to make it big in the industry.

So, without further ado, here is our list of the Top 100 Up & Coming Australian Travel Influencers for 2018:

1.

Name: Melissa Findley
Instagram: @melissafindley
Blog: melissa-findley.squarespace.com/blog

An Australian photographer living on the Gold Coast, Melissa’s content is both captivating and inspiring, with themes ranging from travel, adventure and landscapes, to portraits, lifestyle and charity. When she isn’t raising awareness for various charities among her followers, she’s feeding a relentless pursuit of her dreams. Melissa’s brilliant combination of engaging written content and inspiring photos has her sitting at number one on our list!

2.

Name: Jaharn Giles
Instagram: @misterweekender
Blog: misterweekender.co

Sydney born and Brisbane raised, Jaharn now lives on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast where she can soak up the Queensland sun when she isn’t out exploring the world. Jaharn is an adventure and nature enthusiast who loves to be on the road, capturing incredible destinations and experiences along the way, which is why she’s number two on our top 100!

3.

Name: Stefanie Acworth
Instagram: @amodernwayfarer
Blog: amodernwayfarer.com

Having visited 192 cities in 49 countries over 5 continents within the last few years alone, it’s a safe to say Stefanie is telling the truth when she says she’s caught a bad case of the travel bug. With a beautifully soothing feed and plenty of travel stories to tell, it was a no brainer to feature Stefanie on our list!

4.

Name: Carolin
Instagram: @breathingtravel
Blog: https://breathingtravel.com/

Originally from Germany, Carolin moved to Australia at the age of 16 and therefore qualifies as an Aussie in our eyes! Despite falling very much in love with Australia, Carolin now calls the road home and has travelled right across the globe, including throughout Southeast Asia, capturing the various cultures, lifestyles and scenery along the way.

5.

Name: Katie Purling
Instagram: @mycolourfulworld_
Website: katiepurlingphotography.com

Based in sunny Cairns, Katie is a talented wedding and lifestyle photographer who excels at capturing emotion in her content. From stunning coastal settings to masterfully candid moments all caught on camera, Katie’s ability to capture the magic is second to none!

6.

Name: Olive Cooke
Instagram: @olivecooke
Blog: olivecooke.com

Sharing stunning locations with beautiful imagery, Olive’s feed is regularly full of sunny days, fashion and lifestyle content that inspires her followers to treat themselves in more ways than just a holiday.

7.

Name: Jason Hill
Instagram: @jasoncharleshill

Based in Brisbane, Australia – though you would be forgiven for thinking he lived in a remote cabin on a mountain based on his incredible content – Jason is a talented nature and landscape photographer. With a feed of awe-inspiring settings from across the globe, Jason is well worth a follow to feed your adventurous side.

8.

Name: Dylan Toh & Marianne Lim
Instagram: @everlook_photography
Website: everlookphotography.com

With a feed full of stunning locations and epic landscapes, Dylan and Marianne from Everlook Photography are experts at capturing breath-taking views in incredible locations and sharing those to the delight of their followers.

9.

Name: Cleo Codrington
Instagram: @cleocohen
Blog: foreverelsewhere.com

Providing beautiful travel inspo along with a sprinkle of sunshine to your feed, Cleo and Mitch from Forever Elsewhere are two Australians chasing the perfect light. Based in Sydney, they’re always out exploring the world for unforgettable locations, sharing the many beautiful moments along the way.

10.

Name: Rachel Barwick
Instagram: @life.with.three

It’s easy to imagine yourself in any one of Rachel’s stunning photographs, featuring stunning outfits, incredible locations and usually perfect weather, you’ll be transported on a journey with every photo.

11.

Name: Kate and Olly
Instagram: @kotravellers

Kate & Olly are Sydney based explorers who share a variety of content, from beautiful beaches and famous landmarks, to waterfalls and landscapes, there is a seemingly never-ending collection of travel inspiration on their page. With a blog on the way, there has never been a better time to follow along on their journey!

12.

Name: Chloe Barry-Hang
Instagram: @chloe_bh

Based in Sydney, Chloe’s feed can feature anything from inspiring travel destinations, stunning attractions and vibrant colours, to fashion, food, fun, and everything in between.

13.

Name: Lisa Smith
Instagram: @lisadanielle__

If you’re a fan of effortless style and a clear theme when it comes to your instagram feed, then look no further than Lisa. In the pursuit of turning dreams into a gallery, Lisa’s feed is all class, with warm themes and stunning locations throughout.

14.

Name: Florent & Amberly
Instagram: @oftwolands
Blog: oftwolands.com

Based in Sydney but with some French flare, Florent and Amberly capture stunning stills of larger-than-life destinations with a focus on landscape and travel. Beyond photography, the couple are also into creating film and illustrations to tell their story.

15.

Name: Elise Cook
Instagram: @elisecook
Website: downtherabbitholewines.com.au

Elise’s feed can be summed up by sunny days, relaxing settings and effortless style. When scrolling through Elise’s feed, it’s difficult not to feel your stress levels immediately lowered with each soothing pastel tone and photo of another picture perfect place.

16.

Name: Emma Lomas
Instagram: @luxurybackpacking
Blog: luxurybackpacking.net

Emma is an avid blogger and photographer with a genuine passion for travel. From endless beaches, lonely lighthouses and luxurious attractions, to beautiful waterfalls and natural landscapes, Emma has a feed to either leave you envious or inspire you on your own journey.

17.

Name: Matt Deakin
Instagram: @from.miles.away
Blog: frommilesaway.com.au

A prize-winning photographer from WA, Matt expresses his passion for adventure through incredible landscapes and amazing aerial shots that capture nature from unthinkable perspectives to leave you in awe.

18.

Name: Amber
Instagram: @summerofseventyfive
Blog: vanlife.com.au

If road-tripping around Australia doesn’t already sound like the experience of a lifetime, doing it in an adorable VW Kombi is enough to make you start packing your bags today. That’s exactly what Amber and her family are up to, sharing their incredible journey along the way.

19.

Name: Jay Daley
Instagram: @j.a.y_daley
Blog: jaydaley.com/blog

A passionate photographer with an eye for landscape, Jay combines stunning photography from the ground with crystal clear ariels to create an awe-inspiring feed of vibrant colours and remote destinations to inspire his followers.

20.

Name: Rachel Field
Instagram: @ fieldnotes__
Blog: rachelclaire.co

Currently based in Perth, Western Australia, Rachel is an avid writer, photographer and travel enthusiast. With an almost historical feel to her imagery and theme, Rachel’s recent content features stunning locations, architectures and landscapes in beautiful, deep tones.

21.

Name: Jesse & Bel
Instagram: @meandmytravelbugs
Blog: meandmytravelbugs.com

Jesse and Bel have combined their love of health and travel to create brilliant guides detailing the ins-and-outs of healthy, safe and sustainable travel. Together with Bel’s science and nutrition background and Jesse’s first-hand experience, they create unique and engaging content that is both practical and beautifully creative.

22.

Name: Mark Fitz
Instagram: @_markfitz
Blog: markfitz.com.au

Specialising in travel and the outdoors (particularly the ocean), Mark is known for his ability to capture images that inspire others to travel. From stunning locations and wildlife, to incredible underwater shots, he’ll have you planning your next trip away in no time.

23.

Name: Ashley Dobson
Instagram: @ashleydobson
Blog: ashleydobson.com

Born in the United States and now living in Brisbane, Australia, Ashley traded Wisconsin’s beer and cheese for Queensland’s sun and sand and never looked back. Conveying a combination of lifestyle and travel, Ashley’s photos are both lively and fun, with plenty of colour.

24.

Name: Levi Allan
Instagram: @levicaleballan
Blog: levicaleballan.com

Levi believes a photo is worthless without a story. He’s a true lifestyle and adventure photographer who wants to do more than just capture a scene, but also capture the moment and share the story. Levi’s feed is full of extraordinary landscapes and views that inspire the imagination.

25.

Name: Rachel Holliday
Instagram: @thedailyluxe
Blog: thedailyluxe.net

Tropical, travel and lifestyle definitely come to mind when describing Rachel’s content, with beautiful locations, stylish products and vibrant colours featured throughout that provoke thoughts of your next beachside getaway.

26.

Name: Bec Williams
Instagram: @thehatchling
Blog: thehatchling.co

Bec shares both unique and captivating content, with many of her photographs taken from almost a following perspective, showing off the very same view she enjoys as it was taken. It’s almost like you’re right there with her on a journey to see more of the world.

27.

Name: Liss Connell
Instagram: @lifeintheslowlane

Embracing the outdoors, Liss prefers to live in the slow lane and take the time to enjoy each moment. With beautifully natural theming that includes stunning landscapes and an overall outdoorsy vibe, Liss’ feed is a relaxing take on travel inspo.

28.

Name: Taylah Nilsson
Instagram: @taylahnilsson
Blog: taylahnilssonphotography.com

Brilliant landscapes, winding roads, vast aerial shots, sandy beaches and everything in between. Taylah’s photography largely features nature in all its beautiful colours and flavours to inspire her followers.

29.

Name: Cassi
Instagram: @heycassitravel
Blog: heycassi.com

Born in Brazil and living in Sydney, Cassi’s drive to encourage others to travel and live abroad is second to none. Her content is largely lifestyle, travel and the occasional landscape, all of which help to inspire her followers to pack their bags and hit the road.

30.

Name: Alice Pye
Instagram: @alicepye

Alice isn’t shy to engage with her follows, with her bubbly personality as much a feature of her content as the stunning locations and experiences she shares. If you enjoy a more personable take on the typical travel influencer, you’re sure to love Alice!

31.

Name: Sunny River
Instagram: @sunnyriver
Blog: sunnyriver.com.au

Awe-inspiring imagery – through both stills and film – make Sunny’s feed an easy place to get lost in. Featuring stunning landscapes and epic adventures, Sunny is an expert at capturing the moment in all its beauty.

32.

Name: Joel
Instagram: @joelvodell

Joel shares stunning locations in both stills and film, with vivid colours capturing the dramatic element of each destination he shoots. Joel’s gallery of adventures is an inspiring collection to say the least.

33.

Name: Adriana Jennings
Instagram: @goldenhourgirl
Blog: goldenhourgirl.com

Adriana’s feed is all about lifestyle, fashion, and travel. Featuring a combination of stunning locations, relevant products and effortless outfits, Adriana inspires others on a variety of levels.

34.

Name: Yulia kostina
Instagram: @yuliakostina
Blog: yulia-kostina.com

Yulia is a travel and photography enthusiast who enjoys capturing every moment, not only through photography, but more recently through her blog, connecting with her followers on topics such as business and travel.

35.

Name: Matt Donovan
Instagram: @itsworthashot

Matt is a skilled photographer with a talent for landscape, which is evident by the incredible collection of awe-inspiring images throughout his feed that leave a lasting effect.

36.

Name: Drew Brown
Instagram: @drew_j_brown
Blog: drewjbrown.com

Always in search of something cool, Drew is a passionate and dedicated photographer with an eye for the ideal lighting and position for the perfect landscape shot.

37.

Name: Jess Valentine
Instagram: @heyitsjessvalentine

Jess’ feed is full of smiles, sun, beautiful pastel tones and a plethora of amazing locations and experiences. Exactly what you want populating your feed!

38.

Name: Phil Kitt
Instagram: @philkitt
Blog: philkitt.com

Specialising in landscapes and events, Phil has an eye for capturing unique perspectives and stunning colours, regularly following a flowing theme of tones in his feed.

39.

Name: Emma Kate
Instagram: @emmakateco
Blog: emmakateco.com

Describing herself as a designer, storyteller and adventurer, Emma creates a wide variety of content, featuring anything from destinations and products to unforgettable experiences.

40.

Name: Jewels
Instagram: @jewelszee

Jewels’ feed is both inspiring and unique, with a combination of landscapes, portraits and lifestyle imagery that features anything from beautiful locations, to people, to wildlife. There’s something for everyone.

41.

Name: Demas Rusli
Instagram: @demasrusli

Demas has a unique, edgy theme that branches away from the popular natural landscapes, including more cityscapes and manmade attractions in his imagery that inspires you to explore more cities.

42.

Name: Daniel
Instagram: @caravandan

Specialising in landscapes, specifically in coastal locations, Daniel has a vibrant account that’s full of colour.

43.

Name: Joshua Foo
Instagram: @joshuafooo

Residing in Sydney, Australia, Joshua is a talented photographer and landscape specialist, both from the skies above and the ground below.

44.

Name: Richey Gill
Instagram: @richeygill

Toronto born and currently living in Australia, Richey is an avid traveller and expert lifestyle and landscape photographer who creates stunning images that capture his adventures.

45.

Name: Brittany Kulick
Instagram: @thesweetwanderlust
Blog: thesweetwanderlust.com

Full of vibrant colours and equally intense desserts, Brittany’s feed is a place for all things travel and treats, jam-packed with wonderfully entertaining imagery.

46.

Name: Elisa Eves
Instagram: @elisaeves

Elisa is a talented photographer and landscape enthusiast, whose page is beautifully themed to specific tones of pink and purple, with each image beautifully complimenting the next.

47.

Name: Alex
Instagram: @alexkyddphoto

Alex is an incredible photographer and ocean fanatic. His feed features images from the coast, both above the water – and most of all – beneath it. The underwater shots throughout Alex’s feed are both captivating and unique.

48.

Name: Rob, Tracy, Marli & Ziggy
Instagram: @theblondenomads
Blog: theblondenomads.com.au

Sharing a passion for life and adventure, Rob, Tracy, Marli and Ziggy are sharing their travel experiences and wisdom with audiences across all the major social channels, from Instagram to twitter.

49.

Name: Chris Fynes
Instagram: @wethefoodsnobs
Blog: wethefoodsnobs.com

Founded through a love of fine food and unique dining experiences, We the Food Snobs combines an Instagram feed full of stunning landscapes and travel inspiration with a blog detailing various culinary adventures.

50.

Name: Emma
Instagram: @emmalucey
Blog: spindlizzyfall.blogspot.com.au

Emma’s feed is a consistent source of epic scenery, occasional foodie delights and new and exciting destinations. If you enjoy a laid back vibe and photos that transport you to your happy place, then Emma’s feed is the place to be!

51.

Name: Simone
Instagram: @theaussieflashpacker
Blog: theaussieflashpacker.com

52.

Name: Megan Denton
Instagram: @dentonandlou
Blog: dentonandlou.com

53.

Name: Annette
Instagram: @dawa_lhamo
Blog: www.awiditz.com/blog

54.

Name: Jeremy Brown
Instagram: @jeremybrownnn
Blog: worldofjeremybrown.com

55.

Name: Emma
Instagram: @emmaphotoaus

56.

Name: Liam
Instagram: @liampozz
Blog: laimpozz.com

57.

Name: Peter Yan
Instagram: @yantastic

58.

Name: Jodi Bilske
Instagram: @jodibilske_photographics
Blog: jodibilske.com

59.

Name: Simon Beedle
Instagram: @simonbeedlephotography
Blog: visualcollective.com.au

60.

Name: Stephen
Instagram: @sparrystake
Blog: flingthenest.tv

61.

Name: Meghan & Domonic
Instagram: @citizensoftheworld
Blog: citizensoftheworld.cc

62.

Name: Bec Crombie
Instagram: @bec.crombie
Blog: thatmumwifetravellife.com.au

63.

Name: Justin and Bec
Instagram: @tripinavan
Blog: tripinavan.com.au

64.

Name: Nick
Instagram: @coopsfrootloops

65.

Name: Michael Turtle
Instagram: @michaelturtle
Blog: timetravelturtle.com

66.

Name: Georgia Kelleher
Instagram: @georgiakelleher

67.

Name: Wendy Kerby
Instagram: @traveldrinkdine
Blog: traveldrinkdine.com

68.

Name: Emily-Ann
Instagram: @adventurewithemily

69.

Name: Jeff & Maddy
Instagram: @wanderingwilsons
Blog: wanderingwilsons.com

70.

Name: Elise
Instagram: @waterwanderer
Blog: thewaterwanderer.com

71.

Name: Hannah and Jai
Instagram: @brisbanegirlsabroad
Blog: brisbanegirlsabroad.wordpress.com

72.

Name: Lauren Cooper
Instagram: @laurenlcooper
Blog: laurenlcooper.com

73.

Name: Tilly
Instagram: @thetravelbugg

74.

Name: Amy Pearl
Instagram: @amypearlphoto
Blog: amypearlphoto.com

75.

Name: Nick Hanson
Instagram: @nickhanson

76.

Name: Rob Leo
Instagram: @robleophotography
Blog: robleophotography.com

77.

Name: Jono Rose
Instagram: @jonorose

78.

Name: Levi Looke
Instagram: @levilooke
Blog: levilooke.com

79.

Name: Victoria & Elaina
Instagram: @thefreedomtravellers
Blog: thefreedomtravellers.com

80.

Name: Lucinda Allanson
Instagram: @lucindaallanson
Blog: lucindaallanson.com

81.

Name: Sophie
Instagram: @adventureofsophh
Blog: adventuresofsoph.com

82.

Name: Oceana
Instagram: @mapsandmandalas
Blog: mapsandmandalas.com

83.

Name: Nicole
Instagram: @nicoletravelbug
Blog: bittenbythetravelbug.com

84.

Name: Mitch
Instagram: @mitchtalbot

85.

Name: James
Instagram: @jamestf

86.

Name: Michael Evans
Instagram: @michaelpaulevans
Blog: michaelevansphoto.com

87.

Name: Josh Britton
Instagram: @joshbritton_

88.

Name: Mitch Toft
Instagram: @mitch.toft

89.

Name: Ethan
Instagram: @allastalladventures
Blog: astallationcreations.com/blog/

90.

Name: Brodie Emery
Instagram: @brodieemery
Blog: brodieemery.com

91.

Name: Julien Folcher
Instagram: @julien_folcher

92.

Name: Tash Simmons
Instagram: @tashiesimmons

93.

Name: Kylie Sheridan
Instagram: @travel_herethere

94.

Name: Mikaela Fowler
Instagram: @mikaela.fowler

95.

Name: Charlotte Ruth
Instagram: @charbllavita
Blog: sweetsea.org

96.

Name: Steve Wyper
Instagram: @saltedshutter
Blog: saltedshutter.com

97.

Name: Chloe
Instagram: @wanderwithchloe

98.

Name: Michael Tinu
Instagram: @michaeltuniphotography
Blog: michaeltuni.wixsite.com

99.

Name: Carmel Boyd
Instagram: @carmelboyd_
Blog: thestylingcollective.com

100.

Name: Aimee Binstead
Instagram: @aimeescompass
Blog: aimeescompass.com

This list has been ordered based on how well we felt each influencer met the following criteria, with each catorgory being independently weighted;

  1. Have below 500,000 followers (at time of post)
  2. Are Australian, or Australian based
  3. Promote and create content that influences action
  4. Produce high-quality photos and imagery
  5. Have a blog, website, or contribute to an existing blog or website
  6. Have a clearly defined and visually effective theme
  7. Demonstrate creativity throughout all content shared
  8. Recieve significant engagement relative to their following
  9. To avoid favouritism, we have excluded our own Experience Experts from this list

Who was your number one? we’d love to hear it in the comments below!
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This article was produced in a combined effort by Experience Oz staff members. Experience Oz is the home of things to do in Australia and New Zealand, with over 3,000 awesome experiences across Oz + NZ!

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