First posted 3rd May 2007
People relaxing in front of a band on the Victorian Arts Centre lawn at sunset.
First posted 27th September 2006
On Saturday this week, Australia comes alive with the Grand Final of the 2006 Premiership season of Aussie Rules Football (AFL – Australian Football League). The season started in March with sixteen teams, and ends on Saturday with the last two teams fighting it out for the cup. This year the Sydney Swans and the West Coast Eagles from Western Australia go into battle. These were the same two teams who survived to the final game last year where Sydney came out victors. Full details on the AFL can be found at the own comprehensive site here. The match, as always, is held here at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). You can feel the roar of the crowd already!
First posted 15th September 2006
I’m sure most people will recognise this icon. The entrance to the Melbourne Luna Park, located in St Kilda. The entrance to the park is through the large mouth. A great location with the lovely St Kilda beach directly behind the park. There are great views from the various rides. Great colours and very photogenic at night (I”ll head back one day soon). Want more information about the park?…. try here.
First posted 12th June 2007
As Promised here is my first shot from the new Eureka Tower Skydeck 88. In fact it is the opposite shot from yesterday, showing the Giant Sky Wheel where I took yesterdays shot from! Also in this shot is the Circus OZ tent, they are appearing in Melbourne between the 20th June and the 15th July 2007. I saw them perform in the same spot here at Birrarung Marr parklands two years ago and I highly recommend the show. Full details can be found at their own website here. Behind the wheel you can just make out the Federation Bells sculpture. More from the edge tomorrow.
First posted 11th June 2007
I’ve shown you the temporary ‘Giant Sky Wheel’ before, but today is the view from the top. This last weekend in Melbourne has been a long weekend with today being a holiday. I have spent the weekend like a tourist, staying in a city hotel and eating food every few minutes! On Saturday I rode this Giant sky wheel with my kids as the sun was about to set. On the Sunday I went up the Eureka tower to the new observation deck and also in ‘the edge’. I will show you some photos from within the tower over the next few days. You can see the Eureka tower in todays shot (the tallest building), and also here, where I have shown an arrow displaying ‘The edge’. My post of the 15th May 2007 has the information on this wonderful new attraction to Melbourne.
First posted 13th May 2007
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL! I spent yesterday with my mother celebrating on board “Florence on the Yarra”, a restaurant ferry that drives down the Yarra river as you enjoy a nice meal or a simple cup of coffee. There is an indoor area, or on nice days like yesterday, you can sit comfortably upstairs and see the great views of inner city Melbourne.
First posted 16th April 2007
The city is celebrating comedy at the moment with the Melbourne Comedy Festival drawing large crowds every year. Along the Yarra river are many temporary venues and as I have already mentioned, there is also this new ‘giant sky wheel’. In the centre of the picture you can also see Deborah Halpern’s “Angel” mosaic sculpture. I have a close up shot of this on my Sculpture and art pages.
First posted 24th July 2006
St. Kilda pier (including cafe at end) and beach, Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne. The boat is a replica of a schooner after which the suburb of St Kilda is named. “The lady of St. Kilda”, commissioned for the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
First posted 30th September 2007
More from the Pixar exhibition currently being held at ACMI. This one is “Sally” from the movie “Cars”, and can be found in the foyer area of the centre. You have until the 14th October to catch the exhibition. More information can be found at the ACMI website here.
First posted 16th September 2007
There is a wonderful Pixar exhibition currently being held at ACMI. (The Australian Centre for the Moving Image). It showcases their work over the last 20 years including many great images from “Toy Story”, “The Incredibles”, Cars”, “Finding Nemo”, “Ratatouille”, “Monsters Inc.” and much more. Unfortunately you only have until the 14th October to catch the exhibition. Shown here is Mike from ‘Monsters Inc.” More information can be found at the ACMI website here. ACMI is located at Federation Square in the middle of Melbourne.
First posted 14th April 2007
Opening last night was this ‘Giant Sky wheel’, (a large ferris wheel). It had formerly been located at the Royal Melbourne Show. It is now located at Birrarung Marr parklands in the city temporarily until the 16th July 2007. I have taken this shot through the ‘Federation bells’ sculpture. You can also see the Victorian Art Centre spire on the left, the Eureka tower, Federation Square and St Pauls cathedral on the far right. Further information including operating times can be found here.
First posted 2nd April 2007
The Melbourne International Flower and Garden show has been on over the last five days. It is a hugely successful event and attracts thousands of visitors every day.It is held in the Carlton gardens here in Melbourne. This is one of the displays, a joint effort between UrbanEco Landscapes and the Asthma Foundation. It was certainly one of the better displays this year, earning a bronze medal and featuring, as usual, indigenous plants and great sculptural elements.
First posted 30th March 2007
Currently at the George Fairfax Studio, Victorian Arts Centre is the Melbourne Theatre Company play “The ghost writer”, written by Ross Mueller. Directed by Julian Meyrick and starring Logie award winner John Wood. It has a strong supporting cast, especially Margaret Harvey, Belinda McClory and Raj Sidhu. Suited well to the intimate studio space the play discusses the death of a small child, played by three different girls (Jessica Evans, Alaeyan Blaufuhs and Virginia Cashmere). The ‘ghost’ scenes are very moving and leave most of the audience quite emotional at the conclusion. It runs until the 21st April 2007. More details here.
First posted 20th March 2007
This is Federation square, in the centre of Melbourne. This large screen shows all sorts of events and draws huge crowds to this wonderfully modern space. Currently Melbourne is holding the 12th FINA world championships, (swimming). Whilst we have a lovely venue at Albert park, the suburb where the F1 Grand Prix was just held, this years swimming event is being held at the Rod Laver Arena, (where the Australian Tennis Open is held each year). Centre court has been transformed into a new, temporary in ground pool, dug especially for the championships. It has been named the Susie O’Neill pool after one of our great swimmers.Here, Federation square, I’m sure will again fill with many visitors when the finals are held.
First posted 15th March 2007
From the Danish artist, Olafur Eliasson, exhibition at the National Gallery Of Victoria. If you liked lego as a child you will be in your element if you able to visit this hands on activity. Full information about the exhibition can be found at the Gallery website here. The exhibition/sculpture is ever changing. Come back tomorrow and I may show you a lovely silhouette shot of the work as well.
First posted 11th March 2007
As part of Melbourne’s annual Moomba Festival, a wonderful event for families is held, the Birdman Rally. It entails people jumping, diving or flying from a platform in ridiculous rigs with the intention of travelling as far as they can before plunging into the Yarra. As you can see it is mostly entertainment value and the large crowds today certainly had a great time. This lady in pink only flew a few metres but had great fun doing so! More information about Moomba can be found here.
First posted 8th March 2007
Just come back from Docklands where the Australian 2007 Wakeboarding Championships are being held. I may well indeed post further shots as they are on all week. The tricks have all sorts of names which I don’t understand, but it was certainly made to look easy down there this morning. More information about the event can be found here.
First posted 27th October 2006
I posted an image from the Royal Melbourne Show back on the 29th September, but after seeing Edwins‘ wonderful carnival shots, I wanted to post another. The Melbourne show is well over for this year, but returns again next September school holidays. More information here.
First posted 11th October 2006
As promised, this is where yesterdays beautiful dolls are housed during the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Right in the middle of town at Federation Square. The installation is entitled “Material World”, and was the brainchild of Ian Pidd, Alex Sanson and Jessica Wilson for the Fringe Festival. More information can be found here.
First posted 10th October 2006
The Melbourne International Arts Festival commences this week and runs until the 28th October. As with every good festival there is also an accompanying Fringe Festival. As part of the Fringe festival this year, there is an installation entitled “Material World”, displayed in a small house like structure built from personal belongings. It is located right in the centre of town at Federation Square. I may well show you the house itself tomorrow, but inside are these wonderful dolls. Created by Asylum seekers each with it’s own meassage, these dolls are all unique and tell a different story. One simply says “I miss my kids and will never forget them anytime, even in my sleep”. More about the Fringe festival and this event can be found here. More about the Arts Festival can be found here.
First posted 29th September 2006
The Royal Melbourne Show has been on during these current school holidays. It was originally designed to show your animals and win prizes, and to get small samples of new food products and the like. These days materialism has taken over and it’s now a large carnival and the showbags are what most go for. People come home with having spent far too much on bags which include blow-up toys, lollies galore, ridiculous head gear and silly gimmicks that all break within the next few hours. This shot was taken Thursday evening when I took my son (my daughter is going today with a party group). Usually the kids come home hyperactive and the parents come home with a headache… sound like fun? Well actually it is!! Official show website can be found here
First posted 22nd September 2006
Each September in Silvan (one hour East of Melbourne) , the famous Tesselaar family holds a festival. The Tulip festival includes three childrens days. I shot this photo last Tuesday on the first of the three. This is just a very small example of the tulips on display, there are other fields much larger completely full of the bright flowers. These poles were a hit with the kids, allowing them to get hands on in amongst the tulips. More info on the festival can be found here.