The final Instagram posts of an English backpacker and his French companion show the pair enjoying their dream trip around Australia before they vanished.
In the pictures, Hugo Palmer and Erwan Ferrieux can be seen lounging on sun-soaked beaches and sprucing up a car they bought during their trip of a lifetime.
Police are still desperately hunting the pair after the same car was discovered abandoned near Shelly Beach in New South Wales on Sunday.
The final posts of an English backpacker who disappeared with his friend while exploring Australia’s east coast showed the two embarking on the trip of a lifetime
Well-wishers have been leaving messages of support for the pair in the comments section of their pictures, despite police fears they may have drowned
Property belonging to the men was found at the beach by morning walkers at about 6.30am on Monday, but the two tourists have not been found.
By the time the search ended for the night on Tuesday, authorities had grown increasingly worried the duo, who are believed to have been swimming, may have drowned.
Lifesavers and police have both spoken of how rough the surf had been at the beach.
Mr Palmer’s Instagram profile shows the two friends enjoying their adventure through Sydney last month, having set off on their journey across the world in November.
Since news of the disappearance spread, well-wishers have begun flooding the comments section on the pictures with messages of support.
‘I hope you guys are OK,’ the post read.
‘I hope God is with you in your hearts protecting you and loving you. May he send you back to your families and friends filled with happiness.’
The Englishman’s Instagram story also showed Mr Palmer and Mr Ferrieux appearing to prepare a car they had bought in an eerie post.
The last entry to the story showed the camera panning to the French national as he looked out on a body of water, the day before the pair disappeared.
Erwan Ferrieux is seen looking out at the ocean in the last post on Hugo Palmer’s Instagram account, taken just days before the pair vanished
Mr Palmer’s (pictured right) Instagram profile shows the two friends enjoying their adventure through Sydney last month, having set off on their journey across the world in November
Authorities have been desperately searching for Hugo Palmer and Erwan Ferrieux (right and left), both 20, after their abandoned rental car was found at Shelly Beach near Port Macquarie on Sunday
Their rental car, a silver Commodore station wagon, Queensland registration plates 141-YML, was also found in the beach car park.
One local said they saw the towels and gear on the sand late on Sunday afternoon, raising questions about when the pair arrived at the beach.
‘There was no sight of them anywhere then,’ the man wrote on Facebook on Tuesday as search crews scoured the coast.
Police have been in contact with Mr Palmer’s family in Britain and have been updating French consular officials about Mr Ferrieux, the ABC reported.
The both appear to have attended Sackville School, south of London.
Their rental car, a silver Commodore station wagon, Queensland registration plates 141-YML, was also found in the beach car park (pictured Mr Palmer)
Police are appealing to anyone who might have seen the men or their Commodore near the beach car park or in the surrounding streets to contact them (Mr Ferrieux pictured)
Police are appealing to anyone who might have seen the men or their Commodore near the beach car park or in the surrounding streets to contact them.
Mr Palmer, who is from Forest Row in East Sussex, is described as being white, with fair hair, 180cm tall and of athletic build.
Mr Ferrieux has dark hair, brown eyes, a tanned complexion and is between 175-180cm tall.
The search will resume on Wednesday morning.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au (Shelley Beach pictured)