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Melbourne, Great City of Australia

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You'll get a nice drone's eye view of Australia's second largest city in this video by contributor and pilot Jasonkmclean.  Host of the 1956 Summer Olympics, Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria, in Australia's  southeastern corner.  While it is Australia's #2 city, Melbourne was the country's largest city for many years, and remained Australia's primary business and financial center until fairly recently.  Even today, it is home to five of Australia's seven tallest buildings.

Mornington Peninsula: Cape Schanck

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Cape Schanck


Cape Schenck is a promontory in Victoria, the Australian state in the southeastern corner of the country.  A well recognized natural sight on the Mornington Penninsula near the Victoria capital city Melbourne, the cape is is brought to life from an aerial perspective by AirVuz contributor and drone pilot Prav0008.  The video, shot with a DJI Phantom 3 Pro drone, includes bird's eye views of the iconic Cape Schenck Lighthouse and the stunning rock formations lying off the coast on the Tasman Sea.

The Mornington Peninsula

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Stunning Australian Coast - The Mornington Peninsula

Nathan Sanders

Prepare to be amazed by this aerial tour of Australia's Mornington Peninsula, compliments of contributor Nathan Sanders.  Located in the state of Victoria, the peninsula forms the eastern and southeastern reaches of Port Phillip Bay, at the head of which lies the great city of Melbourne.  Shot with a DJI Phantom 4 Obsidian, the video features footage of many of the top sights in the region: London Bridge Lookout, Sierra Nevada Rocks, Portsea, Cape Schanck Lighthouse, Rye, and Sorrento

The Great Ocean Road

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Great Ocean Road

Chris Borg

Top contributor Chris Borg created this marvelous drone video of the Great Ocean Road in the Australian state of Victoria.  The road runs for about 240 km (around 150 mi.) on a stretch of coastline west of Melbourne, traversing a variety of landscapes ranging from cliffs to rainforests.  The road was built over a roughly 15 year period following the end of World War I by returning servicement.  It was dedicated to the memory of the tens of thousands of Australians who lost their lives in that conflict.     

Lake Eildon National Park

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Lake Eildon during DROUGHT


Lake Eildon is the central feature of the Lake Eildon National Park in the Central Highlands region of Victoria, Australia. The 68,600-acre national park is just 69 miles (111 kilometers) northeast of Melbourne. The lake has experienced several droughts in the last 2 decades, leaving considerable economic hardship for the local community, something that may be experienced again with this drought. See it for yourself in this moving piece by contributor littleviking; this video was a Finalist for the Drone Video of the Week

Melbourne: Australia's Second City

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Melbourne Aerial View: 2018


Here's a spectacular aerial tour of Melbourne, the capital of Australia's state of Victoria and the country's second largest city.  It includes epic shots of the skyline of the city, which is home to five of the seven tallest buildings in Australia as of year-end 2018.  The list is led by Eureka Tower, a 91 floor residential structure that reaches a height of just under 300 meters (975 ft.).  Other notable Melbourne skyscrapers include Aurora Melbourne Central, 120 Collins Street, 101 Collins, and Prima Pearl.  

Train Race in Victoria

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Steamfest 2017: The Great Train Race


Drone Hunter brings this amazing drone video of an event most people don't know exists - a train race!  The Puffing Billy Railway, a heritage steam line north of Melbourne in Australia's Victoria state, puts on an event every year where two of its steam-driven trains go head to head on the narrow gauge track.  The event is a reminder of the importance of railroads  to the development of Victoria, which exploded in a gold mining rush in the 1850's and for a time was Britain's wealthiest colony.

Somers, Mornington Peninsula

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Flying over Somers (VIC, Australia)


Top contributor Mattcoq created this marvelous drone video of Somers, a seaside town in the southeastern Australian state of Victoria.  It's located on the eastern side of the Mornington Peninsula, a landform which forms the eastern side of Port Phillip Bay (at the head of which sits the state's principal city of Melbourne).  Somers opens up onto the adjacent Western Port Bay, whose protected waters make for some of the best sailing in Australia.   Somers is also home to a series of beaches, some of the most popular in Australia.

Melbourne Shrine: Honoring Australia's Fallen

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The Melbourne Shrine | DJI Phantom 4


Australia was defined as a nation by its participation in the Great War, subsequently known as World War I.  The conflict broke out just a few years after Australia was granted independence by Great Britain in 1901.  As a Dominion country, Australia made an immense contribution to the Allied victory, both in Western Europe and in the Gallipoli campaign.  Contributor Fade2Gray used a drone to create this moving aerial view of the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, a memorial to the 60k Australians killed in the conflict.  

Melbourne's Great Seaport

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Containership Passing Under Westgate Bridge Near Melbourne


Among the other things which distinguish the Australian city of Melbourne is its seaport.  The city, which lies at mouth of the Yarra River in the southeastern state of Victoria, was actually not blessed with a great natural harbor like Sydney.  In the late 19th century, the river was widened to be able to accommodate larger ships.  Now, the port is the country's busiest containership port.  In this drone video by Steffshots, you'll get a bird's eye view of a giant containership heading out of the great port to sea.

Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building

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Royal Exhibition Building: DJI Phantom 4


In this video, contributor Fade2Gray gives us a bird's eye view of the Royal Exhibition Hall in Melbourne, Australia.  It was constructed in 1880, at a time when Melbourne had been catapulted from obscurity to international fame by the great Victoria gold rush of the 1850's.  By the late 1800's, Melbourne had surpassed the older Sydney to be the largest city in the country and the second largest in the British Empire.  Known as Marvellous Melbourne, it was by some measures the wealthiest city in the world.

Surfers and Sharks on a Victoria Beach

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Aussies Surfing with Sharks

Aero Retina Optics

Sharks have been a hazard of surfing since the Polynesians first figured out how to ride ocean waves.  While shark attacks on surfers do occasionally (and tragically) happen, it's much more often the case that  surfers and sharks ply the same waters oblivious to each others existence.  In this video by Aero Retina Optics, you'll see this dynamic in action in the waters of Victoria, South Australia, where some harmless sharks linger just a few meters/yards from some epic surfing action.

Melbourne's Great Cathedral

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St. Patrick's Cathedral | DJI Phantom 4 Australia


Fade2Gray created this beautiful drone video of St. Patricks Cathedral in Melbourne, one of the most important Catholic churches in Australia.  Designed in the 1850's, the church took decades to build, and although substantially completed it was delayed by the depression which hit Australia in the 1890's.  Finally completed in 1939, it was one of the two largest Catholic churches substantially completed in the 19th century, the other being the great church of the same name in New York City.

Victoria's Great National Park

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Mt. Buffalo National Park


Top contributor RavenAir created this beautiful drone video of Australia's Mt. Buffalo National Park. It's situated in the mountains of the Victoria state, roughly a four hour drive northeast of the Victoria capital city Melbourne.  Opened in 1898 and subsequently expanded, it's one of the oldest national parks in the country.  The centerpiece of the park is Mt. Buffalo, a mountain plateau with a peak height of just over 1.7k meters (around 5.6k ft.) above sea level.  The park is extremely popular with cyclists.

Victoria Showreel

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Showreel: Central Victoria from Above


Victoria is the second most populated state in Australia. Nestled between South Australia to the west, New South Wales to the north, the Tasman Sea to the east, and the Bass Strait and Tasmania to the south, the state's capital Melbourne is also the second largest city in the country. In this nine-minute compilation, WalkingDroid gives you a glimpse at what makes the state so beautiful.  Most of the video was shot in the central part of the state, north of the capital. Bravo, WalkingDroid!

Kite Surfing Near Melbourne

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Kite Surfing Australia

Aero Retina Optics

Given that Australia is one of the great centers of surfing, it's probably not surprising that kite-surfing has taken hold in the land Down Under.  Kite-surfers are an increasingly frequent sight on beaches all around the country.  Contributor Aero Retina Optics captured this very skilled kite boarder gracefully working the wind and the waves on a beach in the state of Victoria, in the southeastern corner of the country.  The cranes of the port of Melbourne are visible in the distance.

Morning Aerial Views of Melbourne

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Early Morning Melbourne


Melbourne is Australia's second largest city, the center of a metropolitan area of about 5 million.  It's the capital of the state of Victoria, and was the initial national capital when the modern nation of Australia was born in 1901.  It's widely considered to be the cultural center of the country, and its seaport is the its busiest. Contributor Steffshots used a DJI drone to create this beautiful early morning aerial video of the great city on Port Philip Bay, which hosted the Summer Olympics in 1956.

Hanging Rock, Central Victoria

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Hanging Rock Drone Aerial View | Hike to the top for a Dronie


Seen here in this dronie by WalkngDroid, Hanging Rock is a prominent geological formation in the middle of the Australian state of Victoria.  Once an oddity known mostly to locals, the rock was immportalized in the 1965 novel Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsey.  The book tells the story of a group of schoolgirls who visit the rock on Valentine's Day in 1900 and vanish.  Later adapted to a screenplay for a 1975 movie of the same name, it's considered one of the greatest novels to come from Australia.