Lonely Planet Writer

Koalas, wombats and kangaroos make for Australia's best viral posts from last year

As if anyone needed more reasons to plan a trip to Australia, the country’s tourism board has rounded up the best viral photos and videos posted on social media last year to help inspire would-be travellers.

Sunset Kangaroos - The Margaret River Discovery Co. Australia animals
Sunset Kangaroos – The Margaret River Discovery Co. Image by The Margaret River Discovery Co

Tourism Australia and Qantas asked the tourism industry to submit their best posts on social media from 2016 in a competition called G’Day USA. The judges were looking for the best videos and photos that showcase Australia as a memorable and desirable holiday destination. Naturally, their selections ended up showing off one of the things that makes Australia such an attractive destination – the incredible and adorable animals that live there. The best photo of the year is called Sunset Kangaroos, by Sean Blocksidge of the Margaret River Discovery Co. His perfectly-timed photo of two kangaroos, silhouetted by a full moon, went viral, and was featured on websites around the world.


The best video of the year came from the Australian Reptile Park in Somersby, featuring an orphaned baby wombat named George chasing after his care-giver, Tim Faulkner. An adorable video of the pair was posted online last year, and quickly went viral, receiving 32 million views.


The tourism group also gave an award for the best overall social media post, which came courtesy of Symbio Wildlife Park in Wollongong. They posted a video of the koala Willow as a butterfly landed on her nose, which went on to receive more than 38 million views.