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Docklands, New Quay

In this virtual tour we’re just outside Limonetto a gelati & icecream shop of the coolest design (no pun intended).

Docklands, Cow Up A Tree

Back at ‘Cow Up A Tree’. The inspiration for this work comes from the Australian Landscape and a strong water-based theme. The artist saw images of a violent flood which swept cattle into trees only to leave them stranded once the flood subsided. Read More Here. This was to be our last Docklands Virtual Tour for now, but I think I’ll continue north and provide a few more panos of the ‘New Quay’ area.

Docklands, Victoria Harbour

Standing on the edge of Victoria Harbour, we’re almost surrounded by Shoal, urban art by Cat McCleod & Michael Bellemo. The inspiration for this work is a flying shoal of fish, fishnets, fish scales, fishing lures and rippling water.

Docklands, Aurora Urban Art

The Docklands is packed with heaps of great urban or public art. Unlike any other place I’ve covered so far, they’ve actually made a webpage to provide details of the art. Bravo. So in this virtual tour we’re looking at the Aurora, by Geoff Bartlett. It’s a huge, impressive piece which takes the form of an inverted cargo net, which is symbolic to the history of the Docklands as a place of transit for goods & people.

Docklands, Bourke St

Here at the intersection of Bourke St & Harbour Esplanade we can see all the way back into the city, as well as some more Urban Art. We have the Continuum, by Michael Snape on one side of the road, and the Aurora, by Geoff Bartlett on the other. You can check out all the Docklands Urban Art here. Melbourne Docklands Reviews, Links, Websites – Click Here

Docklands, Parks

This hill is about the highest point in the Docklands (excluding any buildings of course) so it affords a good view over the southern areas. As you can see there is a lot of green down here, lots of parks and play areas, and even BBQ facilities, which people were using this evening while the rest of the park was very sparsely populated.

Docklands, View Of Melbourne

Just a short distance from yesterdays Docklands Virtual Tour, we walk up a steep grassy knoll to discover a fantastic view from Melbourne City, through the Docklands Yarra’s Edge & Marina and out to the West Gate Bridge.

Docklands, Yarra’s Edge

Yarra’s Edge is a series of apartments & shops of the edge of the Yarra River, incorporating a 200 berth marina. Melbourne’s South Bank is only a short walk along the riverside boardwalk away.

Docklands, Webb Bridge II

The Webb Bridge was the result of an art competition seeking to transform a disused cargo link into an integrated artwork that also functioned as a pedestrian bridge. The sculptural form is an analogy to Koori fishing traps, drums, baskets & the gestural flow of the Yarra River below.

Docklands, Webb Bridge

From here on the Webb Bridge, we have a great view over the Yarra River, the Yarra’s Edge apartments & Marina. While on the other side of the bridge we can see Melbourne City. Tomorrow we’ll head further down into the sculptured end of the bridge.

Docklands, Blowhole

Blowhole, by Duncan Stemler, is a 15 metre (50ft) high wind powered sculpture with armature & cups interacting with each other to form patterns colours and shadows. The cups are arranged to pick up the wind in the way of an anemometer on the top of a yacht’s mast. Each cup/arm spins independently in either direction, and rotation speed is entirely dependent on the wind.

Melbourne, Docklands

After a short break we’re back. With Adelaide behind us we move on to the Melbourne Docklands district. This area starts on the western edge of Melbourne’s CBD. Just for something different, we’re going to do a short walk around the docklands over the next week or 2. We’ll start and finish here at the ‘Cow Up A Tree’. The Walk took about 2.5hrs but if you weren’t shooting Virtual Tours you would do it in less than an hour. This Virtual Tour sees us betwe […]

Adelaide, Black Swan

To see the black swan, LOOK DOWN when you are over the water The black swan is an Australian native bird found in the wetlands of southern Australia.

Adelaide, War Memorial

Unveiled on ANZAC day 1931, this memorial to those lost in the Great War (WWI) was wrought with much sorrow at the time. The imagery is powerful. On the North Terrace face, the Spirit of Duty calls young men and women in a prologue to war and sacrifice. On the other side, the passive epilogue sees the Spirit of womanhood with sad regrets bearing her sacrificed sons and lovers.

Adelaide, SA Museum

In 1834 the concept of a South Australian Museum was formulated in London. 20 yrs later South Australia was proclaimed a province leading to it’s own constitution & among other things an act to provide a museum. The 1st building of the museum was officially opened in January 1861.

Adelaide, Rundle Mall Sculpture

These stainless steel balls by Bert Flugelman were installed here in the Rundle mall in 1977. The balls are each 2.15m (7ft) in diameter and are known locally as the ‘Malls Balls’.

Adelaide, Glass Footbridge

The footbridge links the city’s historic railway station, a listed monument, to a newly-constructed Drama Theatre complex at Adelaide’s Festival Theatre. The Adelaide Festival Bridge is part of a dynamic urban streetscape project completed in 2004 to revitalize the Festival Center and promenade precinct. The bridge links two buildings that are very different architecturally, yet succeeds in retaining the identity of each of these buildings while also creating its own, by using laminated glass in […]

Adelaide, Public Art

In this part of Adelaide, near the Festival Centre, is a lot of arty stuff. Even the satellite view in google maps below looks arty with all the shapes & patterns. I don’t know the name of this one or what it’s about, but if you do…leave a comment below please

Adelaide, River Torrens

The River Torrens flows through Adelaide separating the City from North Adelaide. In this virtual tour we’re in Elder Park & the Riverside Precinct, where major events like ‘Tasting Australia‘ & the Christamas Carols are held each year, as well as other public events. For some interesting history of the river since european settlement check out the wikipedia entry. The paper boats floating on the river are a public art installation called ‘Talking Our Way Home&# […]

Adelaide, Solar Trees

Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia with over 1.1 million inhabitants & the 5th largest city of Australia. Over the next 2 weeks we’ll be looking at just a tiny amount of the city. The northern part of the CBD (Central Business District) or ‘City’ to be precise. In this Adelaide Virtual Tour we see the Solar Trees project. (Don’t forget to look up) The audio is recorded live from the site & is a little hard to understand, so you can read a fact sheet h […]

AGMF – Chill Out Tent

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. Opens In New Window + Audio FullScreen Virtual Tour [2.2MB] In our final AGMF virtual tour we see the chill out tent. When you’ve seen all the concerts, done the rides, made a fool of yourself at the colosseum and just can’t take much more, maybe it’s time to chill out here for a bit. See Full Size Google Map with all AGMF Virtual Tours – Click Here.INSERT_MAP AGMF & Band, Links, Websites – Click Here

AGMF – Red Frogs Colosseum

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. Opens In New Window + Audio FullScreen Virtual Tour [2.5MB] Here’s where the crowd interactive stuff is done. Whether it’s dancing or rapping or sumo wrestling or doing something stoopid, this is where it happens with an audience. This year the stadium is being expanded to seat 1500 people. See Full Size Google Map with all AGMF Virtual Tours – Click Here.INSERT_MAP AGMF & Band, Links, Websites – Click Here

AGMF – Central

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. Opens In New Window + Audio FullScreen Virtual Tour [2.2MB] This is the center of the festival. In this virtual tour we can see a few of the many tent stages & the foodcourt behind the trees. Since this is a ‘spiritual’ event, I’ve used my ‘ghosting’ lens to bring out the spirits See Full Size Google Map with all AGMF Virtual Tours – Click Here.INSERT_MAP AGMF & Band, Links, Websites – C […]

AGMF – MainStage

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. Opens In New Window + Audio FullScreen Virtual Tour [2.2MB] MainStage at the Australian Gospel Music Festival, where it all happens. As many as 10,000 people cram into this natural amphitheater each night of AGMF for the ‘big’ acts. Playing at the moment is Robin Mark of the Irish group ‘Revival in Belfast‘ Later the Newsboys a local (Aussie) band that are one of the largest acts in Christian rock worldwide perform […]

AGMF – Sideshow Alley

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. Opens In New Window + Audio FullScreen Virtual Tour [2.0MB] Sideshow Alley, care for a ride anyone? See Full Size Google Map with all AGMF Virtual Tours – Click Here.INSERT_MAP AGMF & Band, Links, Websites – Click Here

AGMF – Sons Of Korah

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. Opens In New Window + Audio FullScreen Virtual Tour [2.5MB] We interrupt our regular viewing to show you an event rather than a place. AGMF – the Australian Gospel Music Festival is an annual event, running in Toowoomba each Easter. It begins in about 2 weeks which is why we’ve taken this opportunity to show a few virtual tours from last year. The Sons of Korah are playing in this virtual tour. Check out the High Definition ve […]

Bicheno, Penguin Sanctuary

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. Opens In New Window + Audio FullScreen Virtual Tour [1.6MB] Bicheno, like all of Tasmania, is a beautiful place. A tiny seaside town, half way up the East Coast of Tassie, don’t miss this place on any trip to Tasmania. This is the last Bicheno Virtual Tour for now, and in this tour we are once again on Diamond Island, the penguin sanctuary. See Full Size Google Map with all Bicheno Virtual Tours – Click Here.INSERT_MAP Bicheno […]

Bicheno, Rocky Headlands

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. Opens In New Window + Audio FullScreen Virtual Tour [2.0MB] The Bicheno Headland provides a good overview of the area. The virtual tour shows from Diamond island in the west around to the Bicheno township. See Full Size Google Map with all Bicheno Virtual Tours – Click Here.INSERT_MAP Bicheno Reviews, Links, Websites – Click Here

Bicheno, Town

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. Opens In New Window + Audio FullScreen Virtual Tour [1.8MB] This virtual tour shows the town of Bicheno & the Tasman Highway. The highway is the main (and only) road through town and runs from Hobart to Launceston via the east coast of Tasmania. Bicheno has a population of around 700 so it’s a lovely small town. See Full Size Google Map with all Bicheno Virtual Tours – Click Here.INSERT_MAP Bicheno Reviews, Links, Website […]

Bicheno, Douglas Apsley NP

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. Opens In New Window + Audio FullScreen Virtual Tour [2.2MB] Douglas Apsley National Park is only a few kilometres from Bicheno. In this virtual tour we’re standing in the Apsley river, on th edge of the Apsley Waterhole. Find out more about this National Park at the Parks Website here. See Full Size Google Map with all Bicheno Virtual Tours – Click Here. Bicheno Reviews, Links, Websites – Click Here

Bicheno, Top Of The Island

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. Opens In New Window + Audio FullScreen Virtual Tour [2.5MB] The high point on Diamond Island allows us to see the lay of the land. From here we can view the sand bridge which only forms at low tide & the buildings of Bicheno off in the distance to the South East. The island is home to thousands of penguins, making it very important to tread lightly. Daylight hours see all the penguins out fishing except for a few of the young which c […]

Bicheno, Diamond Island Bridge

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. Opens In New Window + Audio FullScreen Virtual Tour [0.9MB] Diamond Island is a tiny nature reserve only 100m (330ft) off the coast. In fact, at low tide there is usually an hour or so to walk over to the island on dry sand. The island was declared a nature reserve in 1977 because of its importance as a large penguin rookery. We’ll have a closer look at the island tomorrow. See Full Size Google Map with all Bicheno Virtual Tours  […]

Bicheno, Clear Waters

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. Opens In New Window + Audio FullScreen Virtual Tour [2.3MB] Bicheno is a wonderful little seaside town about half way up the east coast of Tasmania. With crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and huge rocky outcrops it makes for great pictures. We’ll spend a few days here having a look around. See Full Size Google Map with all Bicheno Virtual Tours – Click Here.INSERT_MAP Bicheno Reviews, Links, Websites – Click Here

Gold Coast, Surfers Penthouse

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. Opens In New Window FullScreen Virtual Tour [1.7MB] Shot from the Chevron Renaissance, this sub-penthouse virtual tour gives a good view over the Gold Coast. In this virtual tour we can see the Q1 currently the worlds tallest residential building, and some of the vast network of canals on the Gold Coast. We can see the famous Gold Coast beaches, the ocean, the city lights shining bright that dim heading west out to the suburbs & the […]

Gold Coast, Cavill Mall

Cavill Mall Surfers Paradise. The epicenter for Gold Coast tourism. During the week this place is often quiet, but on weekends it can be jam packed. There’s also markets here on Friday nights. It’s a great spot you should see when visiting the Gold Coast, but make time to see the rest, as the Gold Coast is much more than Surfers Paradise. In this pano we’re about 50m (164ft) from the Surfers Paradise beach virtual tour of last week.

Gold Coast, Southport CBD

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. Opens In New Window + Audio FullScreen Virtual Tour [1.9MB] Back in Southport, which is sort of the Gold Coast CBD. Scarborough is the main street through Southport, although all the shopping is a block north of here. From here we see the Southport RSL on the opposite corner & Southport Central across the street. See Full Size Google Map with all Gold Coast Virtual Tours – Click Here.INSERT_MAP Gold Coast Reviews, Links, Websit […]

Gold Coast, Convention Centre

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. Opens In New Window + Audio FullScreen Virtual Tour [1.4MB] Now that we’ve Virtual Toured Gold Coast beaches from south to north, we’ll head south again to Broadbeach, where the new Gold Coast Convention & Entertainment Centre lives. Interestingly this Broadbeach Virtual Tour was shot exactly 1 year ago today. It was from the 1st series of panos I did with my current setup. Another piece of useless information is that my […]

Gold Coast, Sanctuary Cove

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. Opens In New Window + Audio FullScreen Virtual Tour [1.3MB] Sanctuary Cove is a luxury mini town on the northern end of the Gold Coast. Complete with paved streets and beach town themed shopping areas, it’s a fun place to visit & have a meal. Sanctuary Cove is also home of the largest on water boat show in the Asia Pacific region. See Full Size Google Map with all Gold Coast Virtual Tours – Click Here.INSERT_MAP Gold Coas […]

Gold Coast, Paradise Point

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. Opens In New Window + Audio FullScreen Virtual Tour [1.4MB] Here in Paradise Point we’re on the northern most tip of the Broadwater beaches. Esplanade Park is very popular with the locals and those much further afield with it’s BBQ facilities, takeaways and cafes, good swimming areas & easy access. Ephraim Island lies across the water, it’s a very upmarket development, that began as a very nice bridge to nowhere abo […]

Gold Coast, Labrador

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode with audio. QuickTime [1.6MB] Opens In New Window + Audio DevalVR [1.6MB] A couple of kilometres north of yesterdays Southport Virtual Tour is Labrador. Looking across the Broadwater you can see the trees of Wave Break Island, this leads to the Seaway where we were a couple of days ago. (Zoom out on the map below to see the area) Recent years have seen a flurry of development in Labrador, changing it’s status from a little rundown se […]

Gold Coast, Southport

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. QuickTime [1.6MB] Opens In New Window + Audio DevalVR [1.6MB] The Gold Coast doesn’t really have a CBD or ‘City’, but if it did, Southport would be it. We’re off the ocean beaches now, and onto the beaches of the Broadwater. Seaworld is across the water as well as Marina Mirage, (with the big sails) and the lights of Surfers Paradise. See Full Size Google Map with all Gold Coast Virtual Tours – Click Here.INS […]

Gold Coast, Seaway

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. QuickTime [1.2MB] Opens In New Window + Audio DevalVR [1.2MB] The Gold Coast Seaway is the northernmost tip of the mainland beaches. Across the channel is South Stradbroke Island which extends a further 22km (13 miles) The seaway was built in 1986 to stablise what was a very dangerous bar, and incorporates the worlds 1st permanent sand bypass system. You can see pipes from the system on the pier in this virtual tour. See Full Size Google […]

Gold Coast, Lifeguard Tower 45

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. QuickTime [1.2MB] Opens In New Window + Audio DevalVR [1.2MB] The Gold Coast runs Australia’s largest professional Lifeguard service employing 120+ staff & operating 46 towers. Tower 45 sits on the spit, very close to the northern end of the Gold Coast beaches, 35km (22 miles) from where we started at the Qld/NSW border. Surfers Paradise can be seen in the distance, as well as the sand bypass system pier, which pumps sand acros […]

Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise Beach

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. QuickTime [1.8MB] Opens In New Window + Audio DevalVR [1.8MB] Surfers Paradise is at the heart of the Gold Coast, both geographically & for tourism. We’re on the beach outside the Cavill Mall which is the centre of Surfers Paradise. Check out the waves right now with some real time beachcam video here See Full Size Google Map with all Gold Coast Virtual Tours – Click Here.INSERT_MAP Gold Coast Reviews, Links, Websites  […]

Gold Coast, Point Danger

See this Virtual Tour in FullScreen High Definition mode. QuickTime [1.4MB] Opens In New Window + Audio DevalVR [1.4MB] Danger Point, overlooking Duranbah Beach, was named by Captain Cook in 1770 (Mr Cook was credited with discovering Australia). It was so named to warn later mariners of dangerous coral reefs off the coast. For his trouble the Captain Cook Memorial was built here 200 years later. You wouldn’t know to look at it, (I didn’t and I was there) but the memorial is in fact […]

Gold Coast, Rainbow Bay

Only a short distance from yesterdays Kirra Point Virtual Tour is Rainbow Beach & Snapper Rocks. From here it’s a short walk up the headland to Point Danger & the NSW border. Check out the beach live here – Rainbow BeachCam

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