My Love Affair with Melbourne A study in Black and White ~ Photographed By Athol ~ Version 1.0
st kilda's pier
St Kilda is a suburb of the metropolitan area of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 6 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Port Phillip.
It was a bitterly cold morning, wind blowing, as my wife Shirley and I braved the elements to revisit St Kilda. We were however well rewarded as we stopped off at this little cafe at the end of the pier, and enjoyed some piping hot scones with strawberry jam, and hands down the best Cappuccino we had been served in the month that we spent in Melbourne.
eureka tower skydeck
Eureka Towers is the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere. Certainly well worth a visit, but just make sure you have a clear day, otherwise you ain't gonna see nothing. Entry to the top viewing level is AU$15.00 per adult.
Hosier Lane is a bluestone cobbled vehicular and pedestrian laneway on the southern edge of the central city grid. Hosier lane is a much celebrated landmark mainly due to its sophisticated Urban art. Hosier Lane lies opposite the entrance to the Atrium at Federation Square on Flinders St, a prominent position in the city.
Hosier Lane lies opposite the entrance to the Atrium at Federation Square on Flinders St, a prominent position in the city.
The lane has been noted for the quality and the often political nature of its art. It features in the state-sponsored book The Melbourne Design Guide and in Tourism Victoria's Lose Yourself in Melbourne advertising campaign, leading to questions about the dichotomy of Victoria's approach to graffiti. The graffiti-covered walls and art-installations have become a popular backdrop for fashion and wedding photography.
Rumor has it that the Graffiti Artwork decorating these walls can totally change overnight as the Street Artists move in during the early hours of the morning with their assortment of spray cans and endless creativity.
At the entrance to the National Gallery, you will locate this huge glass panel facade covered in a continuous flow of recycled rainwater, which makes for some rather interesting captures as seen above and below.
marina ye - yarra edge yacht club
Boasting Melbourne’s most exclusive marina address, Marina YE is nestled in the heart of Yarra’s Edge and on the cusp of the CBD.
the dandelong ranges
William Ricketts (1898–1993) was an Australian potter and sculptor of the arts and crafts movement.
the melbourne museum
Melbourne Museum is a natural and cultural history museum located in the Carlton Gardens in Melbourne, Australia, adjacent to the Royal Exhibition Building. It was designed by Denton Corker Marshall Architects and finished construction in 2001.
Melbourne convention and exhibition centre
A Time to Reflect
the old Melbourne gaol
The Old Melbourne Gaol is a museum and former prison located on Russell Street, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It consists of a bluestone building and courtyard, and is located next to the old City Police Watch House and City Courts buildings. It was first constructed starting in 1839, and during its operation as a prison between 1842 and 1929, it held and executed some of Australia's most notorious criminals, including bushranger Ned Kelly and serial killer Frederick Bailey Deeming. In total, 133 people were executed by hanging. Though it was used briefly during World War II, it formally ceased operating as a prison in 1924; with parts of the gaol being incorporated into the RMIT University, and the rest becoming a museum.
The three-storey museum displays information and memorabilia of the prisoners and staff, including death masks of the executed criminals. At one time the museum displayed Ned Kelly's skull, before it was stolen in 1978; as well as the pencil used by wrongly convicted Colin Campbell Ross to protest his innocence in writing, before being executed. Paranormal enthusiasts claim the museum is haunted, with claims of ghostly apparitions and unexplained voices near cells.
Entry Fee to The Old Melbourne Gaol is about AU$25.00 per adult, which includes the "what it is like to be arrested, and locked up in a padded cell" experience.
It was by pure chance that I found this "photographer's paradise", and only because I had spotted one of the beautiful architectural master pieces from the train as we whizzed by. Next day, we decided to exit our journey into the city at Parliament Station, and then found this gem of a spot for some awesome architectural photography, Talk about "reflections".
I have a thing for circles
Federation Square is a mixed-use development in the inner city of Melbourne, covering an area of 3.2 hectares and centred on two major public spaces: open squares and one covered, built on top of a concrete deck above busy railway lines.
Located at Federation Square, you will find a Tourist Information Centre. Enter at ground level and proceed downstairs where you will find a huge team of very friendly and knowledgeable folk who will be able to assist you with information on anything you need to know about the Tourist Hot Spots etc. Also a very good idea to pick up a detailed and useful map of the city whilst you are there.
shrine of remembrance
The Shrine of Remembrance, located in Kings Domain on St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Australia was built as a memorial to the men and women of Victoria who served in World War I and is now a memorial to all Australians who have served in war.
rippon lea estate
Rippon Lea Estate is a historic property located in Elsternwick, Victoria, Australia. It is under the care of the National Trust of Australia. The suburb is named after Rippon Lea Estate. After the death of Frederick Sargood in 1903, the estate's original owner, some of his property was subdivided to form the current suburb of Ripponlea.
Since 1909, Ripponlea has been the site of Caulfield Grammar School's senior school. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Ripponlea television studios were built in 1954 on land compulsorily acquired from the Rippon Lea Estate, by the Victorian State Government.
Entrance Fee was AU$15.00 per adult as I recall. Worth every cent since the Tour Guide was extremely knowledgeable and professional. We thoroughly enjoyed this visit.
the block arcade
sky high dandenong
Sky High Mount Dandenong is a restaurant located on top of Mount Dandenong, Victoria, Australia.
boat cruise to williamstown
Williamstown is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 9 km south-west of Melbourne's central business district in the local government area of the City of Hobsons Bay. At the 2011 census, Williamstown had a population of 13,203.
Williamstown is approximately 15 minutes by car from Melbourne via the West Gate Freeway or a 30-minute train journey from Flinders Street Station. Ferries from Melbourne's Southgate Arts & Leisure Precinct take approximately 1-hour.
Taking a boat cruise down the Yarra River to Williamstown is also highly recommended. One hour trip each way with an hour or two to spend taking in the sights of this quaint little town. Ticket prices at AU$25.00 per adult, but if you get your hands on one of the Visitors Guide Booklets at the Information Centre on Federation Square, you will find a bunch of Discount Coupons in the center of the book which will enable you to only pay for yourself, and your partner at no cost. We only found this out after our trip, but it is certainly worth considering if this offer is still available.