First posted 23rd May 2007
This is the Westgate bridge which connects the Western suburbs of Melbourne with the city. It has been created so large so as to allow container ships to pass underneath into the ports of Melbourne.
First posted 22nd November 2006
On the left, Luna Park, on the right, Palais Theatre. This theatre has just been brought into the news again as the area it stands on is being labelled as the St Kilda triangle (as opposed to square), and is possibly to be redeveloped, although plans are still being discussed/argued. The trinagle lies opposite Luna Park and the beach and is prime land for the area.
First posted 15th November 2006
Part of The Victorian Arts Centre, this is Hamer Hall, (formerley the Melbourne Concert Hall). Located alongside the Yarra river, just on the city outskirts leading up St Kilda Road. It is the home for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, but is also used for music of all types including classical concerts, modern pop concerts, singers, bands, in fact anything. It is a very lush, grand venue for music, with fantastic acoustics.
First posted 25th October 2006
More from the Cranbourne Botanical Gardens today. This gives you a look from half way around the ‘Australia Garden’ looking back to the administration block. My previous ‘landscapes’ posting from the 16th October was taken from the very right of this shot on the balcony of the building we can se here. This is an older shot, taken on the opening day of this new garden back in May. More information about the gardens here.
First posted 18th October 2006
This is the entrance to the lovely Regent Theatre in Collins Street Melbourne. This is one of several lovely old theatres in Melbourne with grand foyers, light fittings, mirrors, doors and great deatiled wall fittings. It was refurbished in 1996 and is now the home to many great theatrical events over the year. Recently it was home for “The Lion King”. More information about the theatre can be found here.
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 20th September 2006
This Shrine is “in rememberance of those who served and those who died in the Great War of 1914-1918 and armed conflicts and peacekeeping duties since”. It is located just 5 minutes out of the city and is surrounded by some of the most lovely parklands including the Royal Botanic Gardens of Melbourne. More information about the Shrine can be found here.
First posted 13th September 2006
Something a bit different today… just an old shack. Well in fact it’s on the property of Heide Park/Gallery where much of the Heidleberg school of art originates, so it could be historically valuable. Who knows, maybe it’s been painted by artists long gone. I just liked the whole feel of the rotting wood and rusty wrought iron roofing against the large Gum trees in the background. More information about the centre can be found here.
First posted 30th August 2006
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A relatively new area for Melbourne is Quay West. It is in the docklands precinct and lies at the West end of the city. It has many lovely restaurants and is great place for a late night stroll. I took this photo just last night, shortly after sunset.
First posted 4th October 2006
This is the Melbourne Town Hall. Not your avergae town hall, it does not just hold council chambers and offices, but also has a lovely auditorium where during much of the year many performances are held. It was built between 1850 and 1854, and what you see here is only a small section, it continues on both sides. There is much more of it’s history located here if you’re interested.
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 13th November 2006
Ever wonder how you can get from Victoria to Tasmania? Well you can swim (if you’re Susie Maroney), catch a plane, or take this, the “Spirit of Tasmania’. This would be my preference as you get to take your car with you. Daily trips run from Station pier, Port Melbourne to Devenport, Tasmania, the trip taking most of the day (or night). There are 3 ships to my understanding which are fully identical, allowing one to be leaving Tasmania at the same time as one is leaving Victoria. Full information on the boats, fares and the like can be found at the official website here.
First posted 16th October 2006
Another shot taken at the Cranbourne Botanical Gardens during it’s opening of the new ‘Australian Garden’ earlier in the year. I hope to return over Summer and see how much larger all the plants are. This is just one section of the gardens which is representative of the red earth found in outback Australia, it’s called the red sand garden. More information about the gardens can be found here.
First posted 18th September 2006
We have a beautiful Shrine of Rememberance here in Melbourne which was designed to be viewed directly from St Kilda Road which runs into Elizabeth Street in the city. I may well post the Shrine itself on Wednesday, but today is the view back into the city from the Shrine. Taken last Monday at about 6:30pm. The Eureka tower sits on the left, straight ahead you can just make out the Victorian Arts Centre Spire.
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 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 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 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 on 2nd August 2006
Melbourne Central cone. The roof which adourns this shopping centre in the middle of town. The old building is the former lead pipe and shot factory which I now assume is offices. It looks just as interesting from the outside of the centre.