Science & Environment
Peter Virag, a self-taught photographer who’s lived in Melbourne since 2007, says that drone photography has the ability to capture striking perspectives of otherwise mundane subjects. Here, he shares with us the abstract patterns and vivid colours of parts of Victoria.
Science & Environment
There are hundreds of dormant volcanoes and other geological features smattered across Victoria’s Western District.
AG Reader Mark Iommi found a sheltered spot to capture this dramatic landscape shot.
Overlooking the western Victorian countryside from the top of Mt Porndon, a 278m-high volcano located 13km southeast of Camperdown. South-western Victoria is home to the third-largest volcanic plains in the world.
(Related: Exploring volcanic Victoria)
South-western Victoria is home to the third-largest volcanic plains in the world, with over 400 dormant volcanoes.
One of the earliest known aquaculture systems on Earth, in south-western Victoria, is one step closer to becoming Australia’s 20th World Heritage site.
Bill Robinson has paddled the length of the Murray and completed 22 Murray Marathons. When floods revitalised the river he decided to explore his favourite part – the beautiful, forest-lined stretch from Tocumwal to Barmah.
From family camping to multi-day hikes and mountain bike rides, Australia’s smallest mainland state has something for all types of adventurers.
History & Culture
FROM VICTORIA’S GOLD RUSHES to its bushrangers, English artist William Strutt’s (1825-1915) paintings captured the state’s colonial history in vivid scenes and sketches. William arrived at Melbourne in 1850 and began work as an illustrator painting portraits of people such as explorer Robert O’Hara Burke, who’s famous expedition with William John Wills ended in their tragic deaths. William illustrated the scenes around Burke’s demise in the epic ‘The burial of Burke’ (1911). He also recorded many historical events such as Victoria becoming a separate state and the devastating Victorian bushfire on Black Thursday in 1851. His paintings depict the hardship of colonial life, exploration and the dangers of the environment.
His oil paintings, watercolours, portraits, prints and preparatory sketches will be on display at ‘Heroes and villains: Strutt’s Australia’ exhibition at the State Library of Victoria until 23 October 2016. The exhibition is the first retrospectives of William’s work in Melbourne, it includes pop-up talks of three of his well-known paintings; ‘Bushrangers’ (1887), ‘The burial of Burke’ (1911) and ‘Black Thursday’ (1864).
Ominous storm clouds blacken the sky over Barwon Heads, Victoria.