Melbourne under Covid-19 Lockdown


An Ode to Melbourne, Australia


Returning to AirVuz after a two year hiatus, former Drone Video Award Finalist RavenAir brings us this spectacular drone video from Melbourne, Australia as the great port city endured a lockdown to combat the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in August and September of 2020.  The video features footage of some of the city's top sights, including the Melbourne Shrine, the Royal Exhibition building, the Melbourne Star Ferris wheel, Docklands Stadium, Melbourne Town Hall, West Gate Bridge, Prince's Pier, and more.  

Melbourne Skyline at Sunset


Melbourne City Skyline at Sunset [4K] Victoria Australia

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Prepare to be amazed by these incredible sunset drone views of Melbourne, Australia at sunset, compliments of former DVOW Finalist Gizmo Drones.  The first aerial footage is facing north towards the city's CBD from its waterfront on Port Phillip Bay.  Then you'll look west along the Yarra River towards the setting sun, followed by an epic shot of the city's tallest skyscrapers, including the just-completed Australia 108, now the country's tallest by roof height.  Other highlights include the Docklands, Bolte Bridge, and more.

Sunset on the Yarra River


Melbourne Sunset to Dusk 4K Victoria, Australia

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AirVuz contributor and pilot Gizmo Drones brings us this phenomenal drone video of the great city of Melbourne, Australia.  Shot at sunset in February, in the waning days of the Southern Hemisphere summer, much of the video was shot along the Yarra River, which runs through the heart of the city.  Starting about the 1:18 mark, there is a great shot looking downriver (west), with the Melbourne Town Hall on the right (north bank) and the Arts Centre Melbourne with its "Eiffel Tower" spire on the left (south bank).  

Melbourne by Drone




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.

Aerial Tour of Melbourne


Melbourne has natural beauty 4K Victoria, Australia

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Take an aerial tour of Melbourne, Australia in this excellent drone video of Australia's second-largest city, compliments of Gizmo Drones.  At the :14 mark, there's a nice shot of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (the "G") in Yarra Park, followed by some excellent footage of the Melbourne CBD skyline.  At the :28 mark, you'll see the heart of the Docklands area just west of the CBD, followed by a nice view of the Royal Exhibition Building.  Other highlights include Princes Pier (1:05), the Spirit of Tasmania Ferry (1:09), and more.  

The World's Most Liveable City?


Melbourne - The city of gardens, river and sports

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Famously, the city of Melbourne, Australia appeared in the #1 spot in the authoritative ranking of the World's Most Liveable Cities compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit.  To get an idea of why, check out this beautiful drone video of Australia's second-largest city, which lies at the mouth of the Yarra River and which is the capital of the southeastern state of Victoria.   The video features footage of some of the city's great parks, its state-of-the-art sports venues, and its stunning skyline.  

Early Morning Melbourne


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.

St. Kilda: Fashionable Suburb


St Kilda - Melbourne's Bayside Playground in 4K

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AirVuz contributor Gizmo Drones brings us this excellent aerial tour of the Australian seaside town of St. Kilda, an inner ring suburb of Melbourne.  St. Kilda is situated on the shores of Port Phillip Bay, a short distance south of central Melbourne.  One of the most fashionable areas of greater Melbourne during the city's meteoric rise in the second half of the 19th century, St. Kilda's fortunes fell after World War II before a gentrification wave beginning in the 1990's restored its aura of exclusivity.  

The Westgate Bridge


Containership Passing Under Westgate Bridge Near Melbourne


In this drone video by Steffshots, you'll get a bird's eye view of a giant containership heading under the Westgate Bridge in Melbourne, Australia.  Opened in 1978, the cable-stayed bridge spans the Yarra River and connects the Melbourne CBD with the city's western suburbs.  The bridge has a total length of about 2.6k meters or around 8.5k ft..  Its clearance of 58 meters (190 ft.) permits the passage of the largest containerships in and out of Australia's busiest seaport.  It's one of the busiest stretches of road in Australia.  

The Melbourne Shrine


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.  

The Old Melbourne Docklands


Docklands in Melbourne - Old Wharf

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The Docklands area of Melbourne, Australia was the home of the city's initial port, which was created by the re-routing of the Yarra River in the 1880's.  With the advent of giant containerships in the 1950's and 60's, the port was moved downstream to deeper waters, leaving the old Docklands in a state of virtual abandonment.  Beginning in the 1990's, the Docklands was largely re-developed.  In this drone video by Gizmo Drones, you'll get an aerial view of one of the last vestiges of the old harbor: the Victoria Dock.

Port Melbourne


Automated Container Terminal and Sandridge Lookout in Port Melbourne

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In this drone video by Gizmo Drones, you'll get an aerial view of Port Melbourne, an inner ring suburb of Australia's second-largest city.  The area shown is the container terminal near Sandridge Lookout, which lies just beyond the mouth of the Yarra River.  Somewhat confusingly, most of the Port of Melbourne (Australia's busiest port) is actually not in the city of Port Melbourne but rather in West Melbourne, along the Yarra River; the area shown in the video is one of the few facilities of the Port of Melbourne located in Port Melbourne.

The West Gate Bridge


West Gate Bridge at Peak Hour and Bird Swarm

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The West Gate Bridge is one of the more prominent landmarks in the city of Melbourne, Australia.  Seen in this excellent drone video by top AirVuz contributor Gizmo Drones, the bridge spans the Yarra River near its mouth on Port Phillip Bay, just west of the Melbourne Central Business District.  The bridge's main span is just over 1.1k ft. long (336 meters), and is 190 ft. (just under 60 meters) over the water.  With ten lanes of traffic, it is the main western artery into Melbourne and one of Austraialia's busiest stretches of road. 

St. Patrick's Cathedral


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.

Melbourne at Sunrise


Epic Sunrise over Docklands and Melbourne city

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AirVuz contributor and pilot Gizmo Drones used an Autel Evo 2 drone to create this impressive aerial view of Melbourne, Australia at sunrise.  The video opens with a shot looking up the Yarra River towards the city's Central Business District to the east.  At the :30 mark, there's a great shot of the distinctive-looking Marvel Stadium in the Docklands area.  At about the 1:15 mark, you'll see two more Docklands landmarks: the Marina Tower development, and behind (north of) it the Melbourne Wheel.  

Princes Pier


Princes Pier in Port Melbourne - A quick flight at sunset in spring

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AirVuz contributor Gizmo Drones brings us this excellent drone view of the historic Princes Pier in Melbourne, Australia.  Constructed in the early 20th century, it is situated on Port Phillip Bay, just west of the Station Pier cruise ship terminal.  Princes Pier originally ran a length of 580 meters (around 1.9k ft.), and handled both passenger and freight traffic.  The pier was closed in the 1990's, and the first 196 meters (around 650 ft.) was restored in the early 2000's; beyond that, only the original pylons remain.  

The Marina of Williamstown, Greater Melbourne


Beauty at sunset - Williamstown Marina

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Take in these beautiful aerial views of a marina near Melbourne, Australia, compliments of AirVuz contributor and drone pilot Gizmo Drones.  The video was shot at sunset over the marina of Williamstown, a suburb of Australia's second-largest city.  Williamstown lies just west of the mouth of the Yarra River, about 11 km (around 7 mi.) southwest of the Melbourne Central Business District.  The marina here opens up on to Port Phillip Bay, considered some of the world's finest sailing waters.  

The Royal Exhibition Building


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.

Melbourne Quarantine Views


Melbourne during lockdown - Spring sunrise

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Throughout 2020, Australia was seen as an example of how to combat the deadly Covid-19 virus that shook the world.  Nevertheless, over the summer, the port city of Melbourne emerged as a "hotspot" within Australia, and was subject to increasingly stringent social distancing measures.  In this drone video by new AirVuz contributor and pilot Gizmo Drones, you'll see Australia's second-largest city as it appeared virtually deserted during a stage 4 lockdown which was imposed here beginning in early August.  

Melbourne by Mavic Mini 2


DJI Mini 2 - Can it film good 4K video in strong wind? First Flight

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DJI's Mavic Mini 2 weighs a scant 250 grams or just over eight ounces.  How does such a tiny quad perform in stiff winds?  AirVuz contributor Gizmo Drones took the new Mini out for a spin over Melbourne, Australia in 30km/hr (around 19 mph) winds to find out.  As you'll see from the video, the stability of this tiny quad is nothing short of incredible.  Despite the considerable winds, the drone was able to create beautiful aerial footage of Australia's second-largest city, with nice, crisp shots of the Melbourne skyline. 

St. Kilda's Lighthouse


St Kilda and lighthouse at last light - Melbourne

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Check out this drone video of St. Kilda, Australia, compliments of new AirVuz contributor Gizmo Drones.  St. Kilda is an inner suburb of Melbourne, Australia's #2 city after Sydney.  Located just six km (around four mi.) southeast of central Melbourne, St. Kilda became the poshest area of the city during the great gold rush period of the 19th century.  The area subsequently fell into decline after World War II, but rapidly gentrified beginning in the early 2000's; it's now re-emerged as one of the city's most desirable areas.  






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