First posted 10th July 2007
A rock jetty off Williamstown beach, a great spot for fishing.
First posted 16th June 2007
My last in the series of shots from the Eureka Tower Skydeck 88. Here is Williamstown, my home suburb. You can see how it retains it’s country like community feel, as to a degree it is surrounded by water and not somewhere you go through to get somewhere else. The foreshore has given me plenty of ‘Landscape‘ shots as from there you get the best views of Melbourne with just a few boats between you and the skyscrapers on the horizon. I am of course inside the largest of them all, the Eureka Tower.
First posted 25th March 2007
The Williamstown Festival is held this weekend each year. Last night, being the festivals 30th year, there was a special fireworks, laser show and fire twirling spectacular! Despite the colder weather the crowds were good and many families anjoyed the festivities. Today, rides and markets continue around Commonwealth Reserve.
First posted 23rd November 2006
Yes, a boat that looks like a tram! This boat visits Williamstown where it is moored here with several people enjoying a meal on board before leaving back down the Yarra. Full details about all it’s cruises at their own site here. You can also see the seaplane again in the background and also Nelson Place, the main restaurant strip.
First posted 16th November 2006
Last week I posted a wind-shaped tree from Williamstown. Well just off the side of that grassy area is this rockery with its lovely water pools, which are great for kids to explore. By the way….. Last month I showed a picture of Williamstown beach with a crowd enjoying themselves. That was the hottest day in October (32 degrees celsius) for many years. Yesterday we had snow up in the Dandenongs (which don’t usually get snow), and it was our coldest day for November (12 degrees celsius) since the late 90′s ! How’s that for melbourne weather?! Who said the Crowded house song “Four seasons in one day” wasn’t about Melbourne!!!
First posted 9th November 2006
Wind-shaped tree on the foreshore of Williamstown. Off in the distance a container ship waiting to come in to unload it’s goodies. This is the Cyril Curtain Reserve which is a designated ‘off leash’ area for dogs, and they certainly have a ball running up and down the water and occassionally swimmimg amongst the rocks. The grass is very dry as we have not had much rain at all over the last few years.
First posted 26th October 2006
These are the gates that welcome you as you enter the Williamstown Botanical Gardens. One of the most popular spots for wedding photos around the area, and I certainly can’t blog about Williamstown without inclusion of these lovely white gates. (Now black). The gardens were opened originally in 1860 and were restructured in 1907/1908. The gates were originally built for a mansion in South Yarra, but were transported to this new location in 1907.
First posted 19th October 2006
Yes, we even have own own lovely beach here in Williamstown. Many people from the Western Suburbs flock to this beach on the hot days. I was surprised last Thursday to find so many people here. Yes it was an unusual hot day, but it’s still just Spring and we’re only in October! Who says Global Warming is just a figment of our imaginations!? The building at the end is a restaurant called ‘Sirens’.
First posted 12th October 2006
My lovely neck of the woods, Williamstown has one main street alongside the waterfront. This is Nelson Place. On the right is Commonwealth reserve which I have posted on previous occassions, with it’s lovely rotunda. On the left is this strip of restaurants and cafes (mostly) which draw huge crowds on the weekends in particular. The verandahs have just been restored by the City of Hobsons Bay and the shop owners, and they certainly add a lot of charcter back to this lovely strip.
First posted 5th October 2006
Although it doesn’t try to be, or particularly want to be, Williamstown can be great for tourists. One of the more exiciting opportunity for tourists to Williamstown, Melbourne, is to fly above the city and see the bay from a different perspective. This little seaplane runs regularly from just alongside Commonwealth reserve close to Gem pier. Full deatails can be found at the seaplanes own website here. This shot was taken on Wednesday night just as he was heading off home. One day I will save up and get some nice shots from above my own house!
First posted 21st September 2006
Situated in what is really the centre of Williamstown, Commonwealth Reserve, is this lovely rotunda. Great for small functions (we had a small birthday party there once), for wedding photos, or simply to get out of the rain. It is also used for music when festivals are on. Behind is the bay looking across to the city. Directly behind the rotunda, behind the tree is the HMAS Castlemaine which I have posted previously. The reserve is a great spot for kicking a ball and alongside the park are the Liston Tennis courts where future Wimbledon stars train and practice. (This includes my kids). One of the best locations for tennis courts I’ve seen. A great location with the main streets of Williamstown with lovely cafes and restaurants just behind where I took this photo.
First posted 21st September 2006
HMAS Castlemaine a World War 2 Minesweeper which is now permanently docked here in Williamstown. It lies against Gem pier which extends out from Commonwealth Reserve, the main hub of Williamstown as far as parkland is concerned. Along the outskirts of the park are two main strips of restaurants and cafes. More information, (for boat enthusiasts) about HMAS Castlemaine can be found here. Other boats also dock at Gem pier, primarily ferrys which can take you under the Westgate Bridge into the city, or across to the docklands, or to St Kilda.
First posted Saturday 7th February 2009
Record breaking day in melbourne today with the highest temperature ever since records began. 46.4 degrees celsius is approximately 115.5 degrees fahrenheit. Cities like London are at a standstill due to cold weather extremes including snow, whilst we have fires throughout the state, smoke and dust everywhere, and strong winds just to top it all off. This after a long period of drought conditions within Victoria have created much havoc. Many homes have been lost, towns evacuated and people have lost their lives. Thank goodness a change is due within a couple of hours. This photo was taken from Williamstown towards the city during the worst of the heat at about 3:30pm this afternoon.
First posted 22nd June 2008
Taken from just behind yesterdays shot of Liston Tennis Club, on the edge of the Commonwealth Reserve in Williamstown. This is the best view of Melbourne from anywhere, across the bay, with the boats in the foreground and the buildings on the horizon. Over the last ten years or so Williamstown has become one of the most popular destinations for a weekend outing in Melbourne, with many a family heading to one of the great cafes or restaurants in the main street.
First posted 30th March 2008
Last night Melbourne joined “Earth Hour“, the ‘global movement’ which started in Sydney last year. All lights were asked to be turned off for the hour between 8 and 9pm. Certainly the city was a lot dimmer, but as you can see, many lights still shone. This shot is from the Williamstown foreshore across the bay to the city. I hope you joined in and helped the global warming cause!
First posted 25th September 2006
One lovely night last week when the sun was setting behind me, these lovely golden reflections appeared on the city. I rushed home to get the camera just in time, as the colours disappeared whilst I was shooting. Taken from Williamstown looking East across Port Phillip Bay.
First posted 4th September 2006
The beautiful view, just 5 mins walk from my house, from Williamstown across to the Westgate Bridge. The city of Melbourne is just out of the picture to the right. This bridge connects the Western Suburbs to the city and beyond, and is this tall to allow the large container ships to come directly into the city. I see this view nearly every day and never get sick of it.
First posted on Thursday 7th September 2006
This is a shot the Timeball tower here in Williamstown. More information on the tower can be found here. This tower was originally a lighthouse but was later used as a way of keeping time for the passing ships. Mr Ellery, the first Government Astronomer, commenced determining accurate local mean time, and established a time ball so that shipmasters could correct their chronometers “at the fall of the ball” at exactly one o’clock each day. The actual time ball is the large copper sphere mounted around a mast.