Photographs of sunrises and sunsets dominated Visit Sunshine Coast’s top 10 Instagram posts of 2022. This year’s number one – a stunning sunset video shot through the palm trees at First Point, Noosa Heads – paints a pretty picture of gentle rolling waves, turquoise waters and golden clouds.

The video was taken by local photographer Marissa Knight and has racked up more than 23,300 likes and been viewed more than 650,000 times. Ms Knight, who can be found on Instagram at @marissaknightphotography, also took out 7th and 10th place for her photos of Noosa and Coolum Beach respectively. “I’m so ecstatic at taking the top reel spot,” Ms Knight said.

Having been a Sunny Coast local for the past 28 years Ms Knight has plenty of suggestions on where to capture beautiful photographs of the region. “I have so many favourite spots on the Sunshine Coast, Noosa Heads, Lake Weyba, Sunshine Beach, Coolum Beaches and One Tree Hill Maleny to name a few,” she said.

In a fitting twist, exactly 2023 Instagram users have saved the video for later, presumably giving themselves fresh Sunshine Coast travel inspiration for the year ahead. Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Matt Stoeckel said he was thrilled to see that five of the seven photographers that made this year’s top 10 were based on the Sunshine Coast.

Visit Sunshine Coast’s top 10 Instagram posts of 2022 are:

  1. Golden hour at Noosa | ? Noosa Heads | Credit @marissaknightphotography
  2. Tangerine skies at Coolum Beach | ? Coolum Beach| Credit: @markfitz
  3. All roads lead to the Glass House Mountains | ? Hinterland | @justinstenning
  4. Blood orange skies at Mount Coolum | ? Mount Coolum | Credit: @chippieb
  5. Staircase to heaven | ? Coolum | Credit: @jrodcaptures
  6. Feeling blue at Alex | ? Alexandra Headland | Credit: @kaylasaulphotography
  7. Rise and shine at Noosa | ? Noosa | Credit: @marissaknightphotography
  8. Tickled pink at Alex | ? Alexandra Headland | Credit: @danielcareyphotos
  9. Somewhere over the rainbow | ? Rainbow Beach | Credit: @jbath7
  10. Stepping into paradise | ? Coolum Beach | Credit: @marissaknightphotography

For more Sunshine Coast inspiration, follow Visit Sunshine Coast on Instagram @VisitSunshineCoast and make sure to share your own Sunshine Moments using #visitsunshinecoast!

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