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Old January 26th, 2009, 09:46 AM   #1
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hkskyline's 2008 MELBOURNE Photo Collection

Continuing my Great Australia series ... I visited Melbourne twice actually. The first visit was just a quick weekend hop with a friend, where we wandered around the city exploring about. The second trip was just after visiting another friend in Adelaide, where I focussed more on the natural scenic spots along the Great Ocean Road.

1. I didn't put this place on my 'to visit' list at first, but the tourist guidebook showed a picture of the skyline from a very interesting perspective, so I asked at the tourist information centre and was on the train soon after to see it for myself.



2. There was also a nice beach along the walk.







5. There was also another attraction - bathhouses! That's how people of the old days enjoyed the water.









9. The Docklands is an emerging area with lots of new residentials, but there is still a lot of empty space to be redeveloped. I hope they improve the connectivity to the city centre though. Despite its central location, I don't think there are enough trams getting people into the offices nearby.





11. The free trams that circle the city centre were a great way to sightsee!













17. Once the development is complete, this should be a very nice neighborhood to live in.







20. Quite some interesting architecture abound.















27. My impression of Docklands was quite good at first. I was happy to see a variety of architecture, but somewhat disappointed by the connectivity problems. I think this is a common problem among redevelopment zones. Once all the pieces are in place, things will work out well. Transit is easy to put in. If they didn't build the spaces properly, that problem would not be so easily fixed.



































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Old January 26th, 2009, 11:29 AM   #2
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Thanks, we can never have enough pics of the Docklands. It changes at such a fast rate too.

About transport in the Docklands, I'm not sure when exactly you visited but the tram routes have recently been rearranged. Route 86 (Docklands - Bundoora) has recently been diverted towards NewQuay and Waterfront City (top of map) instead of terminating at the end of Latrobe St, and the Collins Street extension will be opening soon (it serves ANZ, which despite being only 11 stories tall will be the biggest office building in Australia). The City Circle also visits Waterfront City now, which also means that it is becoming increasingly useless as a route that transports people efficiently.

That said, many people do prefer to just take a 10-15 minute walk. I used to work for NAB whose headquarters are on the corner of Bourke and Harbour Esplanade in this building and everyone would just walk between the different buildings even though the company operated a bus service.
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Old January 26th, 2009, 07:50 PM   #3
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Your pics are awesome as always

I love this city, living there is just a matter of time.
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Old January 27th, 2009, 01:13 PM   #4
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Old January 27th, 2009, 06:45 PM   #5
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Really awesome!
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Old January 28th, 2009, 07:22 AM   #6
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Part 2 - Eureka! The observation deck was nice, although it was hard to take photos out of that reflective glass. The special cube that stretches outside the building walls was certainly interesting. Although I didn't pay the extra money to go inside, watching people's eyes change as the opaque glass turned transparent as they become suspended outside was certainly fun.





3. Looking south, there aren't too many tall buildings, and the beautiful ocean backdrop awaits.





5. There are some skyscraper developments happening in this area though.





7. I think I can see St. Kilda from here.













13. The Crown Casino ... I was hoping I can get a gift if I sign up as a club member.







16. Here's the cube!



17. Here are the Docklands! But as I look towards the north, the glaring sun got in the way. Perhaps it's due to the season. It was very hard to capture the downtown core with the reflective glass in the way.















24. Out of so many shots I took towards the city centre, I could only salvage a couple.





























38. Disappointed, I turned east for less dense views.













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Old January 30th, 2009, 05:21 AM   #7
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Tip (a bit too late): Go to the Rialto observation deck for photography. The glass there is a lot less reflective.

There's not much else you can do at Eureka except for coming back during the morning. It's also useless for night photos because the lights inside are too bright.
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Old January 31st, 2009, 01:57 AM   #8
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eh, for some reason I always thought Melbourne was a huge city. I'm surprised by it's size, it's as big as Phoenix or any other small city in the midwest. nice pictures tho.
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Old January 31st, 2009, 08:23 AM   #9
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Tip (a bit too late): Go to the Rialto observation deck for photography. The glass there is a lot less reflective.

There's not much else you can do at Eureka except for coming back during the morning. It's also useless for night photos because the lights inside are too bright.
Part 3 - I did make it to the other observation deck - Rialto, hoping to get some nice shots of Eureka! I guess after Eureka opened, this place got really quiet as the tourists went away. It was fairly deserted the day I went.



2. Views westward were pretty much the same as Eureka, with the ocean as a backdrop.















9. Docklands were closer though, but he sun got in the way.

































25. I went into the casino a few times and watched the amazing fire show in the evening outside, but didn't bet anything at all.





27. Eureka!















34. Views of the skyline were far better from this vantage point than Eureka. I'm glad that I came.






































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Old January 31st, 2009, 09:57 AM   #10
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Great shots HK. You should have travelled around the streets and laneways of the CBD though; there's some great shots to be had there.

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eh, for some reason I always thought Melbourne was a huge city. I'm surprised by it's size, it's as big as Phoenix or any other small city in the midwest. nice pictures tho.
Melbourne is slightly smaller than Phoenix in Population, it's about 3.8 million to Phoenix's 4.2 million. Both are very sprawly cities.
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Old February 1st, 2009, 06:46 PM   #11
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Part 4 - Melbourne's alleyways are a famous attraction. Armed with a website and map dedicated to these alleys, I explored about to my heart's content. Special thanks to a fellow forumer for the link.

1. Let's start with some city scenes before my alley tour.



2. Melbourne has a huge tram network, and there are trams everywhere!













8. Some of the alleys are a disappointment.



9. The intention was probably good, with units actually in use facing the street. But if I were living on the ground floor, I'd feel rather exposed having such a big vulnerable window open to the street like that.











14. Let the alleys begin!









18. This new project looks quite good.





20. This new skyscraper looks quite neat. I wonder how much it costs to live on the upper floors.













26. Back to the alleys ... some were graffiti-filled and felt too quiet and somewhat dangerous.























37. When is garbage day?


























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Old February 1st, 2009, 07:45 PM   #12
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Old February 1st, 2009, 08:17 PM   #13
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Fantastic collection there HK!

Awesome!
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Old February 1st, 2009, 08:20 PM   #14
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18. This new project looks quite good.

http://www.globalphotos.org/melbourn...5/IMG_9296.jpg
That's the Federal Courts, with 43 courtrooms inside. It was completed in 1999.


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20. This new skyscraper looks quite neat. I wonder how much it costs to live on the upper floors.

http://www.globalphotos.org/melbourn...5/IMG_9300.jpg
That's Republic Tower. It was one of Melbourne's earliest luxury high-rise apartment buildings, designed by the same architect as Eureka Tower. It was also built in 1999 and its residents are considered to be very wealthy. You'll hear jokes from time to time that if there was ever a tall building proposed next door, all the lawyers who lived in the tower would be trying to stop it.

EDIT: A three bedroom apartment in Republic Tower is currently on the market for $975,000. link

It's great that you got to visit the laneways though. They're hard to discover but there are some which are very busy or just plain cool. Your set seems to be centered around the legal district on the western side of the CBD which isn't always the prettiest part of town.


Also, holy shit - look at the big screen on the two photos:

Your pic:


My pic (minus post-processing):

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Old February 2nd, 2009, 01:02 PM   #15
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now thats an outstanding collection.

However, I think you've got completely confused over Melbourne's laneways, caus the shots you took look like the empty ones in my city. There are about 5-10 laneways that are completely full of bohemium street cafes, bars, people and oozing with life and colour, that are quite famous. Yes the above shots are of laneways, but not the ones we talk about

great effort though
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Old February 2nd, 2009, 03:06 PM   #17
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HKSkyline, what a beautiful city Melbourne is and thanks for sharing those magnificent photos with us.
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More photos of alleys in upcoming parts!
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Those days, should be really hot down there
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 07:12 PM   #20
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Part 5

1. More alleys ...



2. A quick break in Chinatown, which is mainly around a long stretch of street. I thought it was quite small.













8. A street away was Greektown, but I didn't notice too many Greek signs, markets, or restaurants. But I had thought Melbourne had a huge Greek community.







11. OK ... back to lanes. I'd explore Greektown and Chinatown more on another day.

















19. Oops .. sidetracked by skyscrapers on the main street.







22. The southeast side of the CBD has a number of laneways. So let's explore some more!



















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