Blue Mountains, Private View

Blue Mountains, Private View

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. QuickTime [1.8MB] Opens In New Window + Audio DevalVR [1.8MB] This amazing spot is down a long narrow ‘goat track’ with no signage or information at the obscured entrance. We’re in Leura across the road from the Toy Museum and only 1 ridge over from Echo Point where we visited a couple of days ago. This is our last Blue Mountains Virtual Tour for the time being. I didn’t have much shooting time in the mountains as I was attending a Bible College class reunion. I hope to get back to the Blue Mountains again this year to do a whole lot more panos for you Blue Mountains Reviews, Links, Websites – Click...
Blue Mountains, Toy Museum

Blue Mountains, Toy Museum

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. QuickTime [3.6MB] Opens In New Window DevalVR [3.6MB] Leuralla is a toy & rail museum in the Blue Moutains. It’s a lovely spot, just across the road from more stunning views of Jamison Valley, which we’ll see tomorrow. Check out their website, linked above, for a sample of what’s inside this magnificent property. I hope to shoot a lot more of this place next time I’m in the mountains. Blue Mountains Reviews, Links, Websites – Click...
Blue Mountains, Jamison Valley

Blue Mountains, Jamison Valley

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. QuickTime [1.5MB ] Opens In New Window DevalVR [1.5MB ] Today we’ve moved a short distance from yesterdays post, but the view has changed dramatically. Instead of an info. board below us, now there is a cliff that drops 150m to Jamison Valley. Quite some time ago a little known scientist had this to say about the place, “Below is the grand bay or gulf, for I know not what other name to give it, thickly covered with forest. The point of view is situated as it were at the head of the Bay, for the line of cliff diverges away on each side, showing headland, behind headland, as on a bold Sea coast.” Charles Darwin. It doesn’t seem to have changed much in the last 170yrs. Blue Mountains Reviews, Links, Websites – Click...
Blue Mountains, Echo Point

Blue Mountains, Echo Point

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. QuickTime [2.1MB ] Opens In New Window DevalVR [2.1MB ] Echo Point is one of the best known and most photographed landmarks in New South Wales. At 170m high Echo point is the tourist hub of the Blue Mountains and is visited by over 3 million people every year. The Point is located just outside the township of Katoomba, the capital of the Blue Mountains. In this virtual tour we’ve overlooking the Jamison Valley, I’ve shot right over the top of the info board so you can identify the landmarks, just as if you were there We’ll take a closer look at the valley tomorrow. Blue Mountains Reviews, Links, Websites – Click...
Blue Mountains, Govetts Leap

Blue Mountains, Govetts Leap

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. QuickTime [2.3MB ] Opens In New Window DevalVR [2.3MB ] The Blue Mountains is a wonderful place 1.5hr drive west of Sydney. We’ll spend the next few days here having a look around. Govetts Leap, near Blackheath in the Blue Mountains, provides a spectacular point to view the Govetts and Grose gorges. The vertical cliffs drop 160 metres, with the floor of the gorge lying over 400 metres below the lookout. In 1846 Travel writer G.C. Mundy wrote of Govetts Leap:” It is Certainly one of the grandest freaks of nature I have seen in any country – quite beyond the power of pen or pencil to delineate” Blue Mountains Reviews, Links, Websites – Click...
Hobart, Macquarie St

Hobart, Macquarie St

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. QuickTime [1.7MB ] Opens In New Window DevalVR [1.7MB ] This is Macquarie St, the main thoroughfare through Hobart City. Travelling all the way down the street will see you arrive at the Cenotaph of the War Memorial we looked at last week, while turning down Murray St, will take you to Salamanca Markets and the waterfront where we’ve spent a lot of time at this destination. St Davids Cathedral sits on opposite street corner. It was built between 1868 and 1936 taking 68yrs to complete the architects original vision. While across the road is the Tasmanian Treasury Building built in 1841, and used as a police station until 1858. I hope you’ve enjoyed a small look at Hobart, it’s a wonderful city. There is far more to see in and around Hobart, and we’ll be checking out some local places like Port Arther & Russell Falls later. I’ve had a request to look at the Blue Mountains west of Sydney next, so that’s where we’ll start tomorrow. Following the Blue Mountains we’ll be checking out some of my home town… The Gold Coast. Hobart Reviews, Links, Websites – Click...
Hobart,  Salamanca Square

Hobart, Salamanca Square

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. QuickTime [1.6MB ] Opens In New Window DevalVR [1.6MB ] Behind Salamanca Place is Salamanca Square, where you can sit by the cooling fountain with a cup of coffee and a muffin and listen to a guitar or a flute player. You can even use ‘the facilities‘ if you need to go. I found them via our National Toilet Map See Full Size Google Map with all Hobart Virtual Tours – Click Here.INSERT_MAP Hobart Reviews, Links, Websites – Click...
Hobart, Constitution Dock II

Hobart, Constitution Dock II

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. QuickTime [1.3MB ] Opens In New Window DevalVR [1.3MB ] We visited Constitution Dock last week, here is another view on the other side of the Dock looking back towards the city. See Full Size Google Map with all Hobart Virtual Tours – Click Here.INSERT_MAP Hobart Reviews, Links, Websites – Click...
Hobart, Gas Works

Hobart, Gas Works

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. QuickTime [2.8MB ] Opens In New Window DevalVR [2.8MB ] The Hobart Gasworks, pictured here, was first turned on in 1857. It produced gas made from British coal that brought the town’s street lamps to life & replaced a handful of whale-oil lamps. These days it’s a Rum distillery & Museum, restaurant & a couple of other shops. The huge water tank like structure across the road, is actually an 1100 seat concert hall & convention centre belonging to the, attached, Grand Chancellor Hotel. Hobart Reviews, Links, Websites – Click...
Hobart, Mountain Peak

Hobart, Mountain Peak

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. QuickTime [1.5MB ] Opens In New Window DevalVR [1.5MB ] We started Hobart on Mt Wellington, and here is another virtual tour, this time from the peak. It allows you to see a lot more of the region around Hobart. The mountain peak is 1270m (4166ft) high, while the communications tower (the big white one) is 130m high. Hobart Reviews, Links, Websites – Click...
Hobart, City

Hobart, City

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. QuickTime [1.3MB ] Opens In New Window DevalVR [1.3MB ] Here on the corner of Collins and Murray St we’re in the heart of the city cbd. Hobart is a quiet and peaceful city, it’s certainly safe to walk around anytime. With heaps of parks, waterfront & a lot of history, Hobart is a wonderful city to visit. (Or live) See Full Size Google Map with all Hobart Virtual Tours – Click...
Hobart, Worlds Prettiest Roundabout

Hobart, Worlds Prettiest Roundabout

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. QuickTime [2.5MB] Opens In New Window DevalVR [2.5MB] While I’m sure there is a prettier round-a-bout somewhere in the world, this one is ‘pretty’ special. Oh and it’s not really a roundabout. When driving, it looks like one, sounds like one, tastes like one, but it has traffic lights so beware. I almost got into trouble a couple of times going around the ’roundabout’ only to slam on the breaks when I realised I had a red light. [Update] It was pointed out to me that some might think the fountain is the middle of a tiny roundabout. But in this Virtual Tour everything you can see is in the middle of a big roundabout. Have a look at the map below. The monument in this place is to the Mayors of Hobart from memory, again I can’t find any info about it. The water surges through the fountains up the pole for a while, then comes bucketing down the centre opening. You can also see the glass panels in the bottom of the dish, which allow you to see…. the water Hobart Reviews, Links, Websites – Click...
Hobart, Bus Mall

Hobart, Bus Mall

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. QuickTime [1.5MB] Opens In New Window DevalVR [1.5MB] Please forgive the rather lame title, but this beautiful street is the ‘Bus Mall’. With it’s ornate buildings & paved street it’s the prettiest bus mall I’ve ever seen. The mall is on Elizabeth St, just a couple of blocks from the Pier which we featured 4 days ago. The most impressive building in the street is the Post Office which features the Clock Tower. Built in 1905 at a the time when there was strong expenditure constraints imposed by the new Commonwealth Government, the clock and tower of the GPO were funded by the people of Hobart See Full Size Google Map with all Hobart Virtual Tours – Click Here.INSERT_MAP Hobart Reviews, Links, Websites – Click...
Hobart, Constitution Dock

Hobart, Constitution Dock

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. QuickTime [1.6MB] Opens In New Window DevalVR [1.6MB] Constitution Dock is surrounded by some of the biggest tourist attractions in Hobart and is home to the finish line of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race, the nearby area is noted for its tantalising cafes and restaurants. Also in this area is Sullivan’s cove which features specialty shops, restaurants and a whisky distillery. The area is on the water and walking along the water front taking in all the historical surroundings, makes for a very pleasant day. I’m also looking for information about the interesting sculptures in the foreground of this pano ’cause I didn’t have time to stop and smell the (proverbial) roses on this shoot. When I find the info, I’ll update this post. Hobart Reviews, Links, Websites – Click...
Hobart, War Memorial

Hobart, War Memorial

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. QuickTime [1.7MB] Opens In New Window DevalVR [1.7MB] The Hobart War Memorial (Cenotaph) was unveiled in 1925 and initially commemorated those Tasmanians who served in the Great War. The site of the Cenotaph was selected for its prominence both to the city and the River Derwent. It is axially aligned with Macquarie Street, the city’s major civic thoroughfare. From the Cenotaph there are commanding views of the city, Mount Wellington and the Derwent Estuary. In this pano we can see the Derwent River & the Tasman Bridge, across Hobart City surrounding suburbs. Unfortunately our view of Mt Wellington (where we started the Hobart Destination) is obscured by a rather large tree. Hobart Reviews, Links, Websites – Click...
Hobart, Salamanca Markets

Hobart, Salamanca Markets

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. QuickTime [1.9MB] Opens In New Window DevalVR [1.9MB] Salamanca Markets began in 1972 with just 10 stalls. Today it is almost a state institution, and a must visit for anyone visiting Tasmania. The Markets operate every Saturday from 8.30am to 3pm, rain, hail or shine. Salamanca Place itself consists of rows of sandstone buildings, formerly warehouses for the port of Hobart Town that have since been converted into restaurants, galleries, craft shops and offices. It was named after the victory in 1812 of the Duke of Wellington in the Battle of Salamanca in the Spanish province of Salamanca. This panorama was shot late in the day, just before closing time, so all the stalls are looking a bit empty. Earlier in the day this place is really packed and buzzing, but getting good Virtual Tours at that time would be almost impossible. See Full Size Google Map with all Hobart Virtual Tours – Click Here.INSERT_MAP Hobart Reviews, Links, Websites – Click...
Hobart, Parliament House

Hobart, Parliament House

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. QuickTime [2.4MB] Opens In New Window DevalVR [2.4MB] Tasmania’s Parliament House was designed in 1830 as the Customs House. It was completed in 1840 and soon became home to the Tasmanian Parliament. The House looks over Parliament Square park, and across the road to the water. The House is bordered by Salamanca Place where the famous ‘Salamanca Markets’ run each Saturday. Being a foreigner (not from Tasmania) I didn’t realise this was the most important government building in Tassie, so was walking around taking pictures on the property before being asked by security to move on. I was told I could shoot from the park as it is public property. This was a fortunate incident, as I wouldn’t have this beautiful virtual tour otherwise. See Full Size Google Map with all Hobart Virtual Tours – Click Here.INSERT_MAP Hobart Reviews, Links, Websites – Click...
Hobart, Elizabeth St Pier

Hobart, Elizabeth St Pier

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. QuickTime [1.3MB] Opens In New Window DevalVR [1.3MB] Elizabeth is one of the main streets in Hobart. Running from NewTown in the north, as the street travels south, it encompasses the Elizabeth St Mall, Hobart Bus Mall, Elizabeth College and terminates here at the Pier. Elizabeth Street Pier was first constructed in 1866 to provide steamship accommodation. Between 1931 and 1934, the original pier was demolished and the new pier was built with the addition of a rail connection. The latest redevelopment project, completed in the late ’90s, was to maintain the presence of the existing shed form and maintain maritime usage and full public access around the perimeter, while converting the building to a new use, which included the housing of serviced apartments and restaurants. Some years ago I shot virtual tours of the serviced apartments (then called Oakford) here on the Pier. I won’t show them here though, as they were done with old technology & not available in FullScreen resolution. See Full Size Google Map with all Hobart Virtual Tours – Click Here.INSERT_MAP Hobart Reviews, Links, Websites – Click...
Hobart, View From The Top

Hobart, View From The Top

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. QuickTime [1.6MB] Opens In New Window DevalVR [1.6MB] Hobart is the capital city of Tasmania, a gorgeous island state 350 km (220 miles) off the south east coast of Australia. Compared to most Australian States Tasmania is tiny. Sydney to Broken Hill which I did for the previous destination takes about 14hrs to drive, and yet both cities are in the same state (New South Wales – NSW). In the same time I think I could have driven through every major town in Tasmania while circumnavigating the state. Of course size is relative, Tasmania won’t be so small to Europeans seeing that it’s about twice the size of Holland. Even though it’s a ‘relatively’ small island, there is so much diversity, so much to see, and we’ll be seeing some of it, over the coming months. Where possible, I like to show an overview of a place on the first day, so here is Hobart from the top of Mt Wellington. In this pano we’re at a height of 1261m (4136ft) and as you can see not far from Hobart City. If you’re interested in other places in Tasmania we’ll be covering Stanley, Smithon, Burnie, Arthur River, Devonport, Deloraine, Sheffield, Cradle Mountain, Strahan, Queenstown, Ross, Launceston, Bridport, Scottsdate, Bicheno, St Marys, Swansea & Port Arthur over the coming months. See Full Size Google Map with all Hobart Virtual Tours – Click Here.INSERT_MAP Hobart Reviews, Links, Websites – Click...
Broken Hill, Past & Future

Broken Hill, Past & Future

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. QuickTime [1.6MB] Opens In New Window DevalVR [1.6MB] As the sun sets on mining in Broken Hill and tourism takes it’s place as the towns life blood, I thought it fitting to show where it all began & where it’s going in this one pano. This is the site of the first mine at Broken Hill, started back in 1885, it’s now a major tourist attraction with Mine Tours. In the background the beautiful town of Broken Hill stretches out in this desolate place and we move on to another town. If you ever have the opportunity to visit here, I encourage you to take it, you won’t be...
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