03/12/2015 4:46 PM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST

Instagram's Top 10 Moments In 2015, According To Australians


Australian social media lovers -- this is your year on Instagram.

Despite it not quite being the end of the 2015 just yet (though is anyone else freaking out it's December already?) Instagram has released a list of the top 10 key moments that got Australians talking -- or more accurately, posting -- this year.

10. Mardi Gras

Sydney turned all the colours of the rainbow for the 37th annual Sydney Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.

This year, Sydney Mardi Gras attracted over 20,000 interstate and international visitors, with more than 10,000 people and 150 floats taking part in the parade.

The next Mardi Gras Parade and party will be held on Saturday, 5th March 2016.

9. White Night

White Night Melbourne 2015 saw the city transformed into an all-night celebration of art, music, food, theatre, fashion and film -- drawing a crowd between 450,000 and half a million.

The event was much better received this year, after being criticised for overcrowding in both 2013 and 2014.

White Night Melbourne returns 20 February 2016.

8. Beanies for Brain Cancer

A host of Aussies -- perhaps most notably, Carrie Bickmore, who is due to launch her own her brain cancer foundation, Carrie’s Beanies 4 Brain Cancer, later this month -- rugged up in their beanies and took to Instagram to help raise awareness and funds for brain cancer.

Bickmore famously donned a beanie while accepting her Gold Logie Award in May this year, causing the hashtag #beaniesforbraincancer to become a top trending hashtag on Twitter.

7. I Stand For Mercy

#keephopealive #istandformercy

A photo posted by Ashleigh Jane (@ashajanex) on

As the nation held its breath to find out the fate of Bali 9 ringleaders, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, thousands of Aussies pledged their support, pleading for clemency online.

Tragically, both Chan and Sukumaran were executed by firing squad early on April 29.

6. State of Origin

Ready for origin night .. Go NSW!! #blues #nsw #stateoforigin2015

A photo posted by Joanna ☀️ (@jetskijo) on

As a country of sports-lovers, it comes as little surprise that so many Aussies took to Instagram to barrack for either the NSW or Queensland teams.

This year’s annual tournament saw the Maroons beat the Blues with a record 52-6 victory.

5. Hottest 100

For number 1..... COME ON! #triplej #hottest100countdown #ausday

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A staple of Australia Day tradition, Triple J's Hottest 100 countdown never fails to get music fans talking.

This year, Chet Faker’s 'Talk is Cheap' took out the number one song, as voted for by listeners.

4. Australia Day

#AustraliaDay #kangaroo #meatballs #miniburgers #aussie #australiaday2015

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Australia Day appears to be a busy day for social media, with Aus Day celebrations a popular post on Instagram.

Whether it's kangaroo meat pies, Aussie flag face tattoos or a nice cold schooie... nothing says "Australia Day" quite like this hashtag....


3. Love wins

Love makes a family♥ #lgbt #lgbta #lovewins #couple

A photo posted by LGBTAG is Love (@ima_homosexual_pancake) on

The decision by the US Supreme Court to legalise gay marriage saw the hashtag #lovewins take off around the world, as well as in Australia.

The historic decision was handed down on June 26, 2015.

2. Melbourne Cup

It's known as the race that stops a nation, and it certainly seems to be fulfilling that promise on social media.

This year, Michelle Payne rode the six-year-old gelding Prince of Penzance to victory and became the first female jockey to have won the Cup in its 55-year history.

1. Anzac Day

#anzacday2015 #dawnservice #warmemorial #canberra

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Always a poignant day, this year Anzac Day was particularly sobering as Australiansmarked the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing in Gallipoli in 1915.