This is a guest post by Willie for the Notes from Africa Photoblog.
During December 2011 I went to Australia to attend a forestry conference. After spending a couple of days in Sydney, I flew to Canberra to start the pre-conference tour – essentially a road trip between Canberra and Melbourne, stopping off to look at forestry areas along the way. From Melbourne we flew up to Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast, and travelled up to Mooloolaba where the actual conference was held.
Melbourne is one of my favourite Australian cities. It has the same cosmopolitan (or is that multicultural) “feel”to it as Cape Town here in South Africa. The mixture of old and new buildings is also a similar feature to both cities. Although, in many instances it is very different to Cape Town, especially with regard to the river and city structure. And, do not forget about the hook turns in Melbourne. As a foreign motorist those certainly take some getting used to.
Cape Town can certainly do with a better public transport system. The quaint tram system in Melbourne is still active and gets you around pretty quickly.
From a previous visit I remember Coop’s Shot Tower located in the central CBD and went back to find it again. You can read all about it here.
The area around the old Flinders Street Station is a good hub to walk from, located close to many interesting areas like the art museum, as well as the new developments.
Some of the old (above) and new (below) buildings are located in the same area.
The geometric patterns of the new buildings make for some interesting shots.
The stark old and new contrast . . .
In the Postcards from Australia series: