30 Days in NSW and Queensland
Would you drop everything and buy a one-way ticket to Australia? Would it be worth the risk? It was for the duo behind backpackpassion. Follow their incredible journey road tripping along Australia’s east coast with a DJI Mavic Pro drone. When you see this video you'll appreciate that New South Wales and Queensland aren't just about the big coastal cities; they have endless coastlines and expansive interiors. Spoiler alert – you will also see some wild horses and a couple kangaroos.
Aerial Tour of New South Wales
The Australian state of New South Wales is the largest state in Australia by population. It occupies most of the southern half of its endless eastern coastline, between Queensland to the north and Victoria to the south. Top contributor BigHeadGreg used a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone to create this marvelous aerial tour of areas of NSW outside of Sydney, which includes aerial footage of the Blue Mountains, Royal National Park, Palm Beach, Jervis Bay and Seas Cliff Bridge.
Adelaide: SA's Capital City
Behold this marvelous video of the beautiful city of Adelaide, Australia from top contributor Sandrine Heq. The capital of the state of South Australia, Adelaide offers a more relaxed urban environment compared to Sydney and Melbourne. While its skyline lacks the skyscrapers of some of Australia's other large cities, its natural backdrop makes it amongst the most attractive. Situated on the St. Vincent Gulf, the coastline around Adelaide is backed by high cliffs, beyond which lies the Outback.
Sydney by Drone
Sydney is Australia's largest city and the capital of New South Wales, its largest state. It is widely considered to be among the world's most beautiful cities, part of the reason why it's also among the most expensive. Sydney hosted the the 2000 Summer Olympic Games. Contributor Potent Sky used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to fly over this amazing metropolis. Highlights of this aerial tour include the Botanical Gardens, Observatory Hill, Barangaroo, South Head, Vaucluse, and Watsons Bay.
Esperance: Jewel of Western Australia
This recap of a trip to Western Australia is another gem by contributor and travel vlogger Merr Watson. She visited Esperance, a small city on the lightly populated southern coast of WA. In Merr's own words: “words cannot describe how truly beautiful Esperance is with its stunning white, sandy beaches, rocky coastlines, extremely turquoise waters and magical sunsets. It had left me breathless and I never wanted to leave!” Watch the video and you will likely share her sentiment!
Tasmania by Drone
Tasmania is an island state of Australia, the only one of the eight (including the two territories) not on the mainland. It sits about 250 km (150 mi) off its southeast coast, closest to the state of Victoria. The state is made up of the main island (one the world's 30 largest) plus several hundred islets. Contributor Minglam flew a drone over the island, which at one point was a British penal colony. The video he created will give you a bird's eye view of all that Tasmania has to offer.
DVA Nominated Showreel from Melbourne
Australian company RavenAir is one of the top professional aerial filming countries in the world. Hailing from Melbourne, their work has included TV shows, commercials, documentaries, and other high profile assignments. With aerial views of massive shipyards, a cattle heard, glaciers and mountains, skyscrapers, their 2018 demo reel was nominated for the Drone Video of the Week and was picked as a Finalist in the Reels category for the second annual Drone Video Awards.
Australia's Northern Territories
Prepare to be amazed by this amazing tour of Australia's Northern Territory, compliments of top contributor and Vlogger Sandrine Hecq. This vast territory, which reaches from Australia's northern coast deep into the massive Outback, has some of the country's most spectacular nartural scenery. The video includes epic aerials of many of these sights, including Alligator Gorge, a kangaroo orphanage in Josephine, the famous Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (Olgas), Watarrka (Kings Canyon), and more.
Melbourne Shrine: Memorial to Australia's Fallen
Australia was defined as a nation by its participation in 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.
Victoria's Cape Schenck
Cape Schenck is in Victoria, the Australian state in the southeast 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 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.
Australia Day on WA's Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island is situated off the coast of Western Australia, just a short distance due west from from Perth, the capital of the state. Using a DJI Phantom 4 drone and a GoPro Hero 5 mounted to a DJI Osmi, contributor Sandrine Hecq gives us an aerial view of an epic boat party held off the island to celebrate Australia Day. Held on January 26th every year, the national holiday commemorates the arrival of the first British ships in Sydney Harbor in the 18th century.
Brisbane: Queensland's Capital City
Brisbane is the largest city in Australia's Queensland state, which covers the northeast corner of the country. In this video, top AirVuz contributor Paul Vlad flew his DJI Mavic Pro drone over Brisbane at sunrise, creating a marvelous aerial perspective of Australia's third largest urban area after Sydney and Melbourne, both of which lie to the south of Brisbane. Brisbane sits on the Brisbane River, a few km/mi upstream of where it empties into Moreton Bay on the Coral Sea.
Perth: Capital of Western Australia
Perth is the capital of Western Australia, the vast state which would be a large country on its own. Roughly 80% of WA's 2.5 million inhabitants live in this city on the Indian Ocean, making it the fourth largest city in the country. The city is extremely remote from other Australian cities, the closest one being Adelaide nearly 2.7k km (1.5k mi) away. Using a DJI Inspire 2 drone, contributor Intrepid Drone Services created this memorable aerial video of Perth at sunset.
Melbourne: Australia's Second City
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.
Legendary Bondi Beach, Sydney
Like Rio de Janeiro, Sydney is known for being home to some of the world's best beaches. The most famous of these is Bondi Beach, which sits to the southeast of the city center. Contributor Potent Sky took his DJI Mavic Pro out to Bondi Beach to capture some remarkable 4K aerial footage of the area. Highlights include bird's eye views of the Bronte coastal walk, Bronte Beach, Tamarama Beach, and Bondi Icebergs. It's one of the draws that has made Sydney one of the world's top tourist destinations.
St. Vincent Bay; Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island is a large island of the state of South Australia. In effect it forms part of St. Vincent Gulf, at the head of which is the state's capital and largest city Adelaide. In addition to its lighthouses (critical in this area for navigation), Kangaroo Island is known in part for an important bird sanctuary which lies on the island. In this video, contributor Shaneyshots flew a DJI Mavic Pro drone over this amazing island, the country's third largest by area after Tasmania and Melville.
Brisbane: Australia's Third City
Here is an awesome aerial video of Brisbane, the great Australian city near the mouth of the river by the same name. Brisbane is the capital of Queensland, the third most populous of Australia's seven states and its second largest by land area. Hekticdrones used a DJI Mavic Pro to shoot this dawn-to-dusk montage of Australia's third largest city, whose metropolitan area is home to nearly 2.5 million people and which has one of the most impressive skylines of the cities of Australasia.
Queensland's Babinda Boulders
The Babinda Boulders form a natural pool where three streams come together in the Cairns Region on the northern coast of Queensland, the northeastern state of Australia. Because of the fast-moving currents running over the rocks, the site is sometimes referred to as the Devil's Pool. Contributor Y0shi flew a drone over the Babindas to create an amazing aerial video of one of the world's most distinctive looking rock formations.
WA's Margaret River Region
While the Australian surfing scene is most associated with the eastern beaches around Sydney in New South Wales and the Gold Coast in Queensland, Western Australia also has some of the best surfing beaches in the world. The vast coastline and a much lower population density of WA make for some incredible spots to ride the waves. In this video, contributor Sky Perth uses a drone to give us a bird's eye look at one of these spots, in WA's Margaret River region.
Newcastle: NSW's Second City
Sfdrones brings us this beautiful drone video of Newcastle, the second largest city Australia's New South Wales state. The city was built on a foundation of coal, for decades Ausralia's biggest export product (now a close second to iron ore). For most of the 20th century, it was also the center of Australia's steel industry, although the gigantic BHP steelworks which once employed 50k was shut down in 1999. While maintaining its industrial heritage, Newcastle is also home to some of NSW's top beaches.
Yogi Sally Mustang in Byron Bay
With over 1 million views, this viral aerial video of from the eastern coast of Australia’s is worth a watch. Cinematographer Jaxon Roberts, along with yogi and social media influencer Sally Mustang, brings us dolphins, horses, palm trees, beaches, and more in this must-see drone video of the beautiful Byron Bay. Byron Bay is located in the northeastern corner of the state of New South Wales, just a bit to the south of Gold Coast in the neighboring state of Queensland.
Gold Coast: Queensland's Second City
Contributor 70daysaroundtheworld created this amazing drone video of Gold Coast, one of the main beach cities of eastern Australia and the second largest city in the state of Queensland. It's located south of the state capital of Brisbane. Since 2005, Gold Coast has been the home of the tallest building in Australia: Q1 (Queensland Number One), which you'll see clearly in the video. The 78 story residential tower has an architectural height of just over 320 meters (1.06k ft.).
Great Barrier Reef: Heron Island
Contributor MantaMattMedia created this epic drone video of Heron Island, a coral cay located on the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest system of coral reefs in the world. It is situated in the Coral Sea, which separates mainland Australia from the South Pacific islands such as New Caledonia. Heron Island is one of the few inhabited islands amongst the 900 islands which make up the great Reef, and a popular departure point for divers.
NSW's Blue Mountains
Contributor Luke Nathan brings us this epic drone video of Wentworth Falls in the heart of Australia's Blue Mountains. The waterfall is one of the main attractions in this mountain range in the state of New South Wales, much of which is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage natural site. Wentworth Falls is a three tier waterfall with a total height of 187 meters (614 ft.). It's situated within a national park by the same name located just a short drive west of Sydney.
Australia's Wheat Belt
CarrandDrone gives us a nice bird's eye view of the Wheat Belt in the interior of the vast state of Western Australia. Mukinbudin is a small town of less than 1,000 inhabitants, situated a few hours drive due east of the WA capital city Perth. The video will give you a sense of the beauty and endless horizons of Western Australia, a state which is roughly 4x the size of the state of Texas in the USA by land area and dwarfs the entire Great Plains area of the USA.
Profile of WA's Sandrine Hecq
Born in South Africa and now living in Australia, Sandrine Hecq is a world-traveling, drone-flying adventurer. She has become a juggernaut on Instagram, with over 50k followers as of the beginning of 2019, and her video "My Drone Story" was picked as a finalist for the second annual DVA's. On this episode of The Drone Dish, Sandrine talks about how she got into travel vlogging, what it's like to fly in Zimbabwe, the Maldives, her adopted new home in Western Australia, and what's next.
Profile of Jaxon Roberts
In this episode of the Drone Dish, Tyler talks with drone pilot and aerial videographer Jaxon Roberts. Hailing from Western Australia, his top video on AirVuz was actually shot on the other side of the country, in New South Wales. "Byron Bay", which he filmed with Instagram star and yogi Sally Mustang, has garnered well over a million views on AirVuz and was nominated as a Finalist in the first annual Drone Video Awards. Tune in as he shares some of the tricks of the trade with Tyler.