35 Beautiful Aerial Photos of the Australian Coast

Enjoy 35 beautiful aerial photos of the Australian coast, hand-picked for you from Instagram. All of them have been taken with drones!


I live in Ireland and right now, as the Irish say, you wouldn’t put a duck out in it (it’s the Irish summer. Warm rain).

Are you also looking at the rain outside your window?

Would you want to lay on the beach, or swim in a transparent sea?

At least you can look at beautiful drone shots of white sand beaches and crystal clear, turquoise waters, Unesco sites, ocean pools and even drive shafts from a ferry shipwrecked in 1906!

I hand-picked in Instagram these 35 stunning drone photos of the Australian coast, all shot by photographers and drone flyers living in Australia.

They should help you daydream.

Enjoy them and let me know in the comments if you feel better than you did when you started reading this post. I hope so!

(and before you lose yourself in turquoise dreams…I just want to say thanks to all the Instagrammers who allowed us to use their amazing creations in this post!)


The first five photos come from Salty Wings, a collaborative aerial project by Jampal Williamson & Michael Goetze, two professional drone flyers operating in Western Australia. If you like their stunning photos, have a look at their online shop.

1. Aqua

A photo posted by SALTY WiNGS (@saltywings) on

Aerial shot in the Montebello Islands, an archipelago of around 174 small islands lying 130 kilometres (81 mi) off the north-western Australian coast. These islands, the site of three nuclear weapons tests by the British military in the 1950s, are now becoming a conservation park and a marine conservation reserve.


2. Kooljaman at Cape Leveque

A photo posted by SALTY WiNGS (@saltywings) on

Cape Leveque is a peninsula in the very remote region of the Kimberley, in Australia’s far north western corner. Kooljaman is the site of a unique Aboriginal owned wilderness camp, the Kooljaman Wilderness Camp.


3. West Kimberley

A photo posted by SALTY WiNGS (@saltywings) on


4. (Psychedelic) Shark Bay

A photo posted by SALTY WiNGS (@saltywings) on

At the most westerly point of the Australian continent, Shark Bay is a Unesco World Heritage Site with three exceptional natural features: its vast sea-grass beds, its dugong (‘sea cow’) population and its stromatolites, colonies of algae which are among the oldest forms of life on earth.


5. Bremer Bay, Western Australia

A photo posted by SALTY WiNGS (@saltywings) on

Bremer Bay, at the mouth of the Bremer River, is on the south coast of Western Australia. The Bremer Commonwealth Marine Reserve lies offshore. The close town, of the same name, has a population of about 240.


Matt (from.miles.away on Instagram), the photographer of the next five photos, lives in Broome, a coastal town in the Kimberley, with a particular importance in the history of the pearling industry. He flies with a DJI Phantom 3 Pro model mounting a Nikon D800 for landscape and long exposures.

6. Elephant Rocks

A photo posted by Matt (@from.miles.away) on

Elephant Rocks are massive, rounded boulders resembling a herd of elephants, set off the shallow waters of the Denmark coastline in Western Australia.


7. Roebuck Bay

A photo posted by Matt (@from.miles.away) on

Matt’s comment: “Last weekend the giant tides graced the coastline of the Dampier Peninsula, so me and Donny took to the skies to capture some of mother natures magic! As the tide reached its peak of 10.2m it made contact with the cliffs, leeching the red dirt into the water to give a bleeding effect between the land and ocean.”. Donny is Matt’s drone!


8. Bondi Icebergs

A photo posted by Matt (@from.miles.away) on

This great shot shows the iconic Bondi Icebergs Club, a licensed winter swimming club located at the south end of Bondi Beach in Sydney. Big sea combined with a high tide swamp the pool with large waves.


9. Mangroves in Roebuck Bay

A photo posted by Matt (@from.miles.away) on

Matt’s comment: “Over the last few weeks I’ve been planning ahead where to go with Donny to coincide with Broomes massive tidal movements. The shoots had to be either early morning or during the last light of the day to minimize the glare on the surface of the water and to get a soft light on the scene. Yesterday morning brought a high neap tide which got me out of bed before first light to capture the sun’s first rays on the mangroves and the illuminated orange red cliffs of Roebuck Bay”.


The author of the next 3 photos is the Perth-based aerial filming and photography company Skyperth.

10. Canal Rocks, Yallingup

A photo posted by Sky Perth (@skyperth) on

The Canal Rocks are an ancient and unusual rock formation in south-western Australia. These massive banks have eroded along a dead-straight line running north – south, forming the striking “canal” feature. Several smaller canals cross perpendicular to the main canal.


11. The Wooden Bridge of Canal Rocks

A photo posted by Sky Perth (@skyperth) on


12. The surfer and the bird

A photo posted by Sky Perth (@skyperth) on

I love the game of shadows in this drone shot of Cottesloe Beach, one of the most popular of all Western Australia’s city beaches, 15 minutes from Perth city centre.


Jason is a professional photographer based in Hobart, Tasmania. Known as tassiegrammer on Instagram, he is working on a personal project to photograph beautiful Tasmanian landscapes via drone. Have a look at Jason’s online shop!

13. Binalong Bay

The colours in this aerial shot of Binalong Bay, in north-east Tasmania, are stunning. I love the contrast between the turquoise of the water and the surprising orange given by the lichen all over the rocks.


14. Pirates Bay on the Tasman Peninsula

The abstract stripes of Pirates Bay on the Tasman Peninsula.


15. The old boiler on Yellow Rock Beach

Jason tells us that the objects in this aerial shot of Yellow Rock Beach, King Island, Tasmania are the boiler and drive shaft of the Shannon, an old Tasmania – Victoria passenger ferry shipwrecked in 1906. King Island has the unfortunate title of having the most known shipwrecks of anywhere in Australia.


16. Denison Beach


Cameron Puglisi is a CASA certified drone operator, photographer, and videographer based in Adelaide, South Australia. He posts on Instagram as aerial.com.

17. Waves

A photo posted by Cam Puglisi (@aerial.cam) on


18. Dolphins

A photo posted by Cam Puglisi (@aerial.cam) on


Piotr Parzybok is drone flyer and photographer based in Brisbane, Australia.

19. Shadows on Moreton Island

Moreton Island, the third largest sand island in the world, lies just 25km off Brisbane’s shore in South East Queensland, Australia.


20. Can you spot the surfers?


21. Tangalooma Wrecks

Tangalooma Wrecks, about an hour boat trip from Brisbane, are fifteen vessels that were deliberately sunk on Moreton Island in 1963 to form a breakwall for small boats. They also provide great snorkelling and scuba diving experiences.


Sydney-based photographer and DJI drone flyer Olym Li, who photographed the next stunning photos, sells on olymli.com and posts on Instagram as olymli.

22. Game Of Tones

A photo posted by Olym Li (@olymli) on


23. Alone

A photo posted by Olym Li (@olymli) on

“Be willing to go alone sometimes. You don’t need permission to grow. Not everyone who started with you will finish with you. And that’s ok.” – M. Scott Peck


24. Sea Cliff Bridge

A photo posted by Olym Li (@olymli) on

The iconic Sea Cliff Bridge, located in the northern Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia, links the coastal villages of Coalcliff and Clifton, and boasts spectacular ocean views.


25. Shadows

A photo posted by Olym Li (@olymli) on


26. Game of Tones 2

A photo posted by Olym Li (@olymli) on


27. Ocean Pool

A photo posted by Olym Li (@olymli) on

There are hundreds of ocean pools, or ocean baths, along the Australian coast, in particular in the New South Wales area.


Hanna Zuijderduijn, known on Instagram as hannazuijderduijn, is a Dutch photographer living in Australia.

28. Shark Bay

Another great shot of Shark Bay, a Unesco World Heritage Site at the most westerly point of the Australian continent.


29. Eden, New South Wales


30. Wyadup Rocks


These last 5 beautiful photos come from an aerial photography project of the Perth-based instagrammer longest.way.round (you can buy his prints in his online shop). Enjoy this abstract art from the Australian Sky:

31. Hillarys Beach


32. 5 Hours North of Perth


33. City Beach

Clean and uncrowded, located a 20 minute drive west of Perth city, City Beach is one of the favourites of the 19 white sand beaches in Perth.


34. City Beach 2


35. Solitude

Mullaloo Beach in Mullaloo, a coastal village north of Perth, overlooking the Indian Ocean, named after an Aboriginal word believed to mean “place of the rat kangaroo”.


Discover more stunning drone photos from the world on Skytango’s profile on Instagram!

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