Rupanyup Silo Art

There’s a growing trend attracting tourists to the western districts of regional Victoria.  I’ve featured silo art murals in this blog previously from Brim, Ship Hills and Patchewollock, now there’s a new silo art mural at Rupanyup.

These old grain silos are much smaller than the other sites, but the art work in the latest murals are no less remarkable. The paintings, by Russian artist Julia Volchkova, are of two young local sports people.  What an honour it must be for the families of those kids immortalised in the murals, which are drawing tourists into Rupanyup.

By the end of 2017, there will be two more silo art murals unveiled (at Lascelles and Rosebery) to complete the tourist silo art trail.  What a great weekend road trip that will be for anyone who loves to get out and see the country.

2016 White Night Melbourne Pics

I’ve shown you a few pictures from White Night Melbourne in the last three blog posts, with the promise of more when I’d finished reviewing and processing over 1000 photos taken over 8 hours of wondering around Melbourne on what was a beautiful night.

A trip to Sydney last week delayed my processing of those White Night photos, but they’re done now.  Whittled down to 159 photos, you can see them all in our White Night Gallery, or scroll down to see some of my favourite pics from the night.

 

Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, showed off a huge White Night display.

Royal Exhibition Building showed off a huge White Night display.

Crowds watching White Night in the Carlton Gardens

Crowds watching White Night in the Carlton Gardens

There were many food stalls throughout White Night, including Chololate frozen Bananas watched over by the inflatable ape on the Melbourne Town Hall

There were many food stalls throughout White Night, including Chololate frozen Bananas watched over by the inflatable ape on the Town Hall

The State Library of Victoria was another huge light projection site for White Night Melbourne.

The State Library of Victoria was another huge light projection site for White Night.

One of many live street performances during White Night Melbourne 2016.

One of many live street performances during White Night Melbourne 2016.

A White Night concert on Lonsdale Street

A White Night concert on Lonsdale Street

Street Performers during White Night Melbourne 2016

Street Performers

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and Federation Square buildings, as seen from Flinders Street during White Night Melbourne 2016.

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and Federation Square buildings, as seen from Flinders Street during White Night Melbourne 2016.

White Night at Federation Square, Melbourne

White Night at Federation Square

Live music and dance at Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Live music and dance at Birrarung Marr

A clear warm Summer

A clear warm Summer “White Night” in Melbourne

White Night under Princes Bridge, Melbourne

White Night under Princes Bridge

Melbourne city skyline and the Yarra River, looking across to the White Night festivities at Birrarung Marr.

Melbourne city skyline and the Yarra River, looking across to the White Night festivities at Birrarung Marr.

White Night projections on the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

White Night projections on the National Gallery of Victoria

Crowds at the National Gallery of Victoria during White Night Melbourne 2016

Crowds at the National Gallery of Victoria during White Night

Crowds outside Flinders Street Station during White Night Melbourne 2016

Crowds outside Flinders Street Station during White Night

See this link for our complete White Night Melbourne 2016 gallery – gallery.vic.pics/Melbourne/White-Night/2016-White-Night-Melbourne

Double Decker Sight Seeing Bus

Melbourne’s Double Decker Sight Seeing Bus

After seeing on the news today that a double-decker bus in London had its roof torn off when it hit a tree, we are hopeful the driver of the Melbourne double-decker sight-seeing bus keeps an eye out for low branches!

Melbourne Aquarium

Large tank at Melbourne Sea Life Aquarium

An assortment of marine life at Melbourne Aquarium

One of the popular attractions in Melbourne is the Sea Life Aquarium, located at the edge of the Yarra River on the corner of Flinders and King Streets.  Once inside, you soon realise that the complex is much bigger than it appears from the outside, spread over multiple levels it can easily take two or three hours to wonder around (especially if you’re taking plenty of photos like me!)

A rare

Turtle

The variety of marine life at the Melbourne Aquarium is astonishing, from the smallest Seahorses, a rare sea Turtle, large Sharks and Rays and a scary crocodile.

One of the best exhibits, especially if you have kids with you, awaits just before you exit into the souvenir shop – the Penguins!

The Penguin display recreates their frozen habitat, complete with an ice slide.  You can watch the keepers feeding these knee to waist high creatures, or walk around to see them swimming  around in their tank.  The swimming penguins seemed to be just as curious about the people watching them, as we were of them – which made for some good photos.

You can see more pictures from the Melbourne Sea Life Aquarium in the Vic Pics Gallery HERE.

Swimming Penguin at Melbourne Sea Life Aquarium

Close up with a Penguin