Steam train to Warragul and Traralgon

Last weekend Steamrail Victoria operated a steam train tour to Warragul and Traralgon.  Locomotive, A2-986 has spent the last 30 odd years being restored to operational condition.  The train was treated to a "welcome back" ceremony at Warragul, before continuing on to...
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Sunrise over new home developments at Clyde North

The image below shows the sun rising over new home developments on Newbridge Boulevard, Clyde North.  It's a scene duplicated all over regional Victoria and Melbourne's outskirts. Our landscapes are changing, farm paddocks are turning into modern housing developments...
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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...
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One Tree Hill lookout, Ararat

If you're travelling along the Western Highway (the main route between Melbourne and Adelaide) through Ararat, keep an eye out for the "Lookout" sign that will direct you to One Tree Hill.  Sometimes these lookout detours are a waste of time, but often they can give...
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Landscape Mural Factory

If you're travelling east on the Princes Freeway through Pakenham, take a look at the industrial estate on your right just after McGregor Road.  There's a factory on the edge of the estate painted with a landscape mural.  It's just grass and sky, but it blends in with...
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Beulah

Driving north along the Henty Highway it was the Beulah Railway Station that first caught my eye in the small Mallee town.  I wasn't going to stop, but the old station was looking photogenic in the early afternoon sun.  After turning around and finding my way to the...
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White Night at Birrarung Marr

I'm still working my way through over 1000 photos from last weekend's White Night Melbourne, the dusk to dawn festival of lights, displays, music and dance. These photos were taken at Birrarung Marr.  As I process more photos from the night, they're uploaded to the...

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Frankston Pier

A couple of months ago I shared some photos here of the Frankston waterfront at the foot of Olivers Hill.  It was still Winter and there weren't many people around.  This week I was a little further up the beach at Frankston Pier, and the mouth of Kananook Creek. ...

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Beulah

Driving north along the Henty Highway it was the Beulah Railway Station that first caught my eye in the small Mallee town.  I wasn't going to stop, but the old station was looking photogenic in the early afternoon sun.  After turning around and finding my way to the...

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Patchewollock silo art

In the last two Vic Pics post we've features the amazing murals painted onto disused grain silos at Brim and Sheep Hills.  The third, and northern most, in this series of silo art is at Patchewollock. The small Mallee town, with a population of just 250, doesn't have...

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Roads, Railway and Transport…

Yarra Glen Railway

In the previous blog post I told you about my photographic walk around Yarra Glen, including a couple of pictures and a link to the photo gallery. While in Yarra Glen, I also took a walk along the old train line and checked out the local Railway Station that is...

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Gippsland Railway Bottleneck

The is one of the bottlenecks in the Gippsland Railway line, where there is a single line handling trains traveling in both directions.  Looking east from Longwarry Station, the line disappears to the vanishing point in the middle of the photograph.  Obviously when...

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Sunset between the shops

This shot, taken in Main Street Pakenham, came about only by accident.  As I crossed the road from the National Bank the Sun caught my eye, it shone through the distant trees, visible only from the middle of the road through the gab between shops.

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Drouin Railway Station

Like many regional communities, Drouin's railway station sits in the middle of the West Gippsland town.  Originally opening circa 1880, Drouin has certainly grown around the station, which is now almost hidden behind the main street.  The Main South Road bridge,...

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Railway Skyline

Melbourne's railway enthusiasts love this location in Footscray for their trainspotting photos.  I love it for the unique view of the city skyline. The train tracks snake in from Kensington, over the Maribrynong River, before disappearing into the Bunbury Street...

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Exit this way for MCG

It doesn't take long for Melbourne's train system to clear post event crowds.  Twenty minutes earlier this ramp at Richmond station was crowded with cricket fans making their way home, now there's room for a lone commuter to stop and check his phone. A late night...

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Parks and Gardens

Sunflower Skyline

It's easy to miss when driving, but take a walk along Batman Avenue between Melbourne Park and the city and you'll come across this small field of sunflowers (near the railway overpass). With the Melbourne skyline as a backdrop, these flowers were an unexpected find...

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Carlton Gardens

In the previous post I showed you some hot rod classics cars arriving at the Royal Exhibition Buildings in Carlton for the Hot Rod show, which was on for the Australia Day long weekend. While I was photographing the Royal Exhibition Building, I had a walk around the...

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William Bruce Ronald Reserve

The William Bruce Ronald Reserve is a large park within the original release of land in the Heritage Springs estate, Pakenham.  Facing McGregor Road, I've driven past here hundreds of times, but hadn't had a look around until this weekend. The park features a windmill...

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Christmas in Melbourne

The City of Melbourne does a terrific job of bringing the Christmas spirit to town.  The Lego Christmas Tree display in Federation Square is certainly a little different, but amazing to see up close.  Head up Swanston Street to the City Square, and you'll find a more...

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Christmas Lights

At this time of year, in suburbs and towns all over Australia, many people set up Christmas light displays on their homes and/or in their gardens.  Some of these displays can be modest, others can take it a bit too far, but when a group of residents in a street or...

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Maryborough Railway Station

Maryborough Railway Station seems out of place in this little country town.  It's a grand old station built in 1890, possibly by mistake!  A local resident told us the plans and materials were sent to Maryborough in error, but erected anyway.  Another story I've heard...

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Old Hamilton Warehouse

While recently exploring the western Victorian town of Hamilton, I came across this big old warehouse.  The paint has faded, the foundations have shifted, the corrugated iron is starting to rust and some sheets are missing.  The only thing inside is some forgotten...

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Flinders Dawn

Dawn can take on many appearances. While we can all appreciate an orange sky as the sun rises over the horizon, clouds and weather can often hide the golden glow. On the morning of this photo shoot at Flinders, on the Mornington Peninsula, the sunrise was completely...

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Mega close down in Pakenham

The local hardware store is a big part of most communities.  Hardy's (Mitre 10) Mega hardware store in Pakenham is closing down.  They've fought the big box hardware chains (Bunnings and Masters) for years, but the owners are now retiring. A landmark at the Racecourse...

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White Night 2017

White Night Melbourne was held again in 2017.  The public event took place overnight on Saturday 18th February.  Featuring light and projection displays, musicians, dancers, and other entertainers.  The family friendly event stretched from the National Gallery on St...

Patchewollock silo art

In the last two Vic Pics post we've features the amazing murals painted onto disused grain silos at Brim and Sheep Hills.  The third, and northern most, in this series of silo art is at Patchewollock. The small Mallee town, with a population of just 250, doesn't have...

Sheep Hills Silo Mural

Yesterday I wrote about re-visiting the original grain silo art work in the western Victorian town of Brim, and how the murals had brought tourists into the area.  Sheep Hills is another community to embrace silo art, with this stunning mural on their silos by the...

Brim silo murals

When I first told you about the mural artwork on the old grain silos at Brim in January 2016, the artist (Guido van Helten) had only just finished the massive painting.  Travellers were stopping to admire the massive paintings, then going into town and spending their...

Stawell

The town of Stawell, in western Victoria, is famous for its annual Easter athletics meet - the Stawell Gift. At other times of the year, Stawell is like many other major country towns in Victoria.  There are some beautifully maintained historic buildings within a...

Peninsula star trails from Arthurs Seat

Yes, we've shown a few star trail photos recently on Vic Pics, but at this time of year the skies are often clear and the nights are warm.  Along with little wind, these are the ideal conditions for any form of astro photography.   Although it did get a little chilly...