Arrivals & Departures Australia's most Instagrammed places of 2016

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For many travellers, posting a couple of pictures on Instagram has become just as much a part of a holiday as a poolside cocktail and forgetting to pack the sunscreen. So where were the top Aussie spots this year?

Bondi Beach is already one of Australia's top tourism destinations, but now it can also lay claim to being the most Instagrammed place in the country for 2016.

Instagram has announced that the famous sweep of sand in Sydney's east was the Australian location most frequently geo-tagged in its users' pictures this year.

Waterside spots rated highly on the list, with Surfers Paradise Beach in Queensland coming in second, Sydney Harbour third, the Sydney Harbour Bridge fourth and Melbourne's St Kilda Beach fifth.

The National Gallery of Victoria, popular Sydney foodie venue the Grounds of Alexandria, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Taronga Zoo and Melbourne International Airport rounded out the top 10.

In Western Australia, Fremantle was the most geo-tagged spot on Instagram. In Tasmania, it was Hobart's cutting-edge Museum of Old and New Art and in South Australia it was the beachside Adelaide suburb of Glenelg. The Australian War Memorial was the ACT's top Instagram location, while Uluru was the Northern Territory's most geo-tagged place. 

Further afield, the United States dominated the list of the most Instagrammed locations worldwide, with the Disney theme parks taking the top spot, followed by the Universal Studios theme parks. Also in the top five were New York's Central Park and Times Square, followed by the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

The Las Vegas Strip was also among the top 10 most Instagrammed places around the globe, and hotels in Vegas were among the most popular on the social media platform. The MGM Grand Las Vegas took the top spot for the most geo-tagged hotel, with the Cosmopolitan, Caesars Palace, the Paris Las Vegas and the Wynn all making the top 10.

Outside of Sin City, the W New York was the second most Instagrammed hotel, with Atlantis the Palm in Dubai coming in at number four. 

Instagram also revealed the top travel-related hashtags of the year, with the obvious choice of #travel coming in at number one. Also popular were #sunset, #travelgram, #adventure and #roadtrip.