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Big Ben's Virtual Victoria

The site contains interactive panoramas of Victoria, Australia photographed by Ben Kreunen (with the odd detour interstate). Most of the panoramas are displayed using PTViewer and as such will require JAVA to run properly. The numbers in brackets at the end of some of the location titles indicate the number of panoramas at that location (if there are more than one).

Most of the panoramas here are displayed using a Java applet (PTViewer). I have had reports of problems using IE (Mac only) and Firefox (Win & Mac) although Firefox will usually work for a while.

Enjoy!
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Pieman's Falls
Alpine N.P., Victoria, Australia
Pieman's Falls with a light coating of powder snow.


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Erskine Falls (3)
Otways, Victoria, Australia
Erskine falls before they built the board walk in the interests of "public safety".

1. View the Panorama at the base of the steps
2. A wee bit closer
3. Near the base of the falls
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Mt Howitt
Alpine N.P., Victoria, Australia
Mt Howitt and the Crosscut Saw late in the snow season. My second QTVR from a Hasselblad SWC.

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Mt Stapylton and Flat Rock
Grampians N.P., Victoria, Australia
In the middle of the Amphitheatre. From this spot you can hear people talking at the cliffs below Mt Stapylton.


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The Crosscut Saw
Alpine N.P., Victoria, Australia
Fog covers low lying areas as far as the eye can see. This QTVR has labels for identifying other mountains.

With the cursor in the panorama, you can use the space bar to toggle the names of the surrounding mountains while you pan.

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Mt Abrupt (Teragen Render)
Grampians N.P., Victoria, Australia
OK, so this is cheating a bit. This is a computer generated image rendered entirely in Terragen with no post processing.

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Aire River
Otways, Victoria, Australia
A trial plantation of Californian Redwoods next to the Aire River.

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Aradale Psychiatric Hospital, Ararat
Western, Victoria, Australia
The front entrance to the old psychiatric hospital on the edge of town.

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Ararat Cup
Western, Victoria, Australia
The running of the Ararat Cup

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Arts Centre at Night
St Kilda Rd
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
The Arts Centre at night. Personally I preferred the old spire. The "light show" on the spire doesn't seem to fit the facility.

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Polly Woodside
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
The Polly Woodsids is located within the Maritime Museum next to Jeff's Shed.

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Portsea Camp
Regional Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
A self-portrait on at the top of the big swing :-)


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Mt Oberon (2)
Wilson's Promontory, Victoria, Australia
The view from the top. At busy times of the year you have to take a bus to the carpark from Tidal River.

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2. Sunset
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Barmah Lake
Murray River, Victoria, Australia
Canoeing near the top of Barmah Lake. Taking the shortcut through the trees to Budgie Creek.

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Kayaking Through the Grass
Murray River, Victoria, Australia
Slicing through the grass with my sea kayak. The sleeker lines of the kayak made this much easier going than a canoe.

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On the Bank of Budgie Creek
Murray River, Victoria, Australia
Resting beneath a huge River Red Gum "on" the bank of Budige Creek.

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Upper reaches of the flood (2)
Murray River, Victoria, Australia
One of the difficulties of paddling around such a large expanse of water was finding somewhere to get out and have a pee ;-)

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2. Heading off
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The Pinnacle
Grampians N.P., Victoria, Australia
The Pinnacles Lookout provides a great view over Halls Gap and makes a good day walk from the caravan park.

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The Jaws of Death
Grampians N.P., Victoria, Australia
The Jaws of Death were renamed to The Balconies for fear of scaring away international tourists who were superstitious about the names of the places they would visit. The steel rails had been cut off illegally for a photographic shoot but they have probably been replaced by now.

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After the Flood
Murray River, Victoria, Australia
The bank of Budgie Creek a couple of weeks after the kayaling panoramas were shot. A ggod view of the roots of a redgum.

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Lake Little Hattah (2)
Murray River, Victoria, Australia
It's a bloody long drive from Melbourne... You would've done the same thing ;-)

1. Kayaking on the lake
2. Redgums by Moonlight
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Chalka Creek/ Murray River
Murray River, Victoria, Australia
I waited for a minor flood to travel down the Murray before driving up to Hattah Lakes in the hope of paddling from here to Lake Hattah.

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Lake Brockle
Murray River, Victoria, Australia
The uniform depth of the water (only ankle deep) produced an equally uniform wave pattern.

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Pig Faces
Murray River, Victoria, Australia
A sample of the vegetation surrounding the lakes.

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Mistletoe
Murray River, Victoria, Australia
Another sample of the vegetation around the lakes... a redgum with several mistletoe trees growing on it.

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Open Woodland
Murray River, Victoria, Australia
Yet another sample of the vegetation in the area. Nearby Chalka Creek connects the lakes to the Murray River.

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Rialto Observation Deck
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
This panorama was shot through the windows of the observation deck so there was a fair bit of "cheating" to get it to work, but it's very cool.

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Mt Lookout
Alpine N.P., Victoria, Australia
Stopping for a rest break below Mt Lookout while hiking to Bryce's Gorge.

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Guy's Hut (3)
Alpine N.P., Victoria, Australia
Guy's Hut is a handy stop over in winter for the trip north to Mt Howitt.

1. Guys Hut
2. Creek crossing
3. On the bank of the creek
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Boroka Lookout
Grampians N.P., Victoria, Australia
My dad at Boroka Lookout

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The Grand Canyon
Grampians N.P., Victoria, Australia
Above the "Grand Canyon". Steel pipes and ladders have been placed along the walk to make it "safer" for tourists.

There's my dad again ;-)

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Herod's Gate
Walls of Jerusalem, Tasmania, Australia
This was mainly an excuse to stop and rest, being a psychological milestone for the day... no more up hill sections to the campsite.

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Camp site: Day1 (3)
Walls of Jerusalem, Tasmania, Australia
A few panoramas from around my first camp site. This was a nice little spot out of the wind.

Being the middle of a drought, it was fairly easy exploring the surrounding areas although you could see how wet it could get while walking around the cushion plants.

1. The camp site
2. In amongst the Pencil Pines
3. Cushion plants
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On top of the Walls of Jerusalem (3)
Walls of Jerusalem, Tasmania, Australia
Camp site, day 2, was on top of the Walls of Jerusalem, south of King David's Peak (don't you just love the names in "theme parks")

1. Dawn, King Davids Peak
2. Morning atop the West Wall
3. Camp site
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Damascus Gate
Walls of Jerusalem, Tasmania, Australia
Another excuse to stop, this time to psyche myself up for the climb with a heavy pack.

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Pencil Pines
Walls of Jerusalem, Tasmania, Australia
These trees are unique to Tasmania, and also under threat from a fungus. Hikers should clean their boots thoroughly between hikes.

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Ascending Solomon's Throne
Walls of Jerusalem, Tasmania, Australia
A lot of sweat must have gone into creating this stone staircase for hikers.

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Flinders St Station
Flinders St
Swanston St
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Flinders St station from the corner of Swanston and Flinders streets.

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Interiors (3)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Inside the building during the International Flower Show

1. Central ground floor
2. Above the main entrance
3. Upstairs, west wing
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Outside the main entrance
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
The gardens around the buildings remain as much of a feature as the buildings themselves.

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Gardens 2
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
The gardens are big enough to spread these markers out ;-)

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Pond 1
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
I'm so glad this section of the map is high resolution as i have enough panoramas to provide you with a small tour.

Let's start in the shade next to a small pond.

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Northern End of the Gardens
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Just squeezed onto the edge. This is near the northern edge of the gardens.

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Proteas
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
This section of the gardens contains a wide variety of proteas.

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Cameleas
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
I guess the title says it all. These two lawn areas are surrounded by several varieties of cameleas.

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Emerging from the Ferns
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
A small track takes you through a fern gully down to the main "lake"

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Red
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Apologies for over-saturating the red in this image... This is the "red" end of the gardens.

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Daffodils and Azaleas
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
The "top" end of the gardens features daffodils and azaleas next to large grassy areas.

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The Gorge
Alpine, Victoria, Australia
Probably one of the most spectacular gorges in Victoria, certainly in terms of sheer height.

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The Chalet
Alpine, Victoria, Australia
Rosellas picking up crumbs out the front of the chalet.

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The Cathedral
Alpine, Victoria, Australia
One of the best things about Mt Buffalo (for toursists) is that there's lots of spectacular scenery within a short distance of a bitumen road.

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The University of Melbourne
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
This is the view from the top of the Redmond Barry Building (on a clearer day than this satelite image). Photographed in BW infrared.

The panorama also loads 4 high resolution images to allow zooming.

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Welcome to Big Ben's Virtual Victoria.
This site contains panoramas from around Victoria. You can sort the lis of panoramas by Place or Category using the tabs at the top right of the window. Please fell free to leave comments at any of the locations.

Every loaction is linked to a panorama. The number in brackets after the title indicates the number of panoramas for locations with more than one panorama.

Featured Locations:

> The Grampians N.P.
> The National Rhodoendron Gardens
> Alpine National Park
> Barmah Forest in Flood
> Hattah Lakes
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Collins Street
Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Beneath the newer skyscrapers are some vestiges of real architecture. This is a few years old now. The city is now fast filling up with apartment buildings.

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The Black Spur
Regional Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Another famous Victorian landmark... and a pain in the neck in holiday traffic. The combination of bumper to bumper, slow-moving traffic and impatient idiots can make this a scary drive.

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City Square
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
The city square has undergone a number of reincarnations but it never really seemed to function as a central focus for a thriving city. The latest reincarnation included allowing the development of a hotel on the eastern side, making it not much more than the front yard of the hotel.

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Carisbrook Falls
Otways, Victoria, Australia
This is one of the highest waterfalls in the Otways. While it's only a short walk from the Great Ocean Road, it does involve a bit of scrambling over large rocks towards the end.

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Chalambar Golf & Bowls Club
Western, Victoria, Australia
This is where I learnt to play golf as a young child. While I may be a little biased, this is definitely one of the nicest golf courses in Victoria and is worth the drive from Melbourne for a day of golf. The back nine often has kangaroos on the fairways.

This pano, though, is between the two bowls greens ;-)

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Fairfied Boathouse
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Farifield Boathouse is a great location on a hot summer's day.

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Loy Yang Open Cut
Gippsland, Victoria, Australia
Loy Yang open cut coal mine.

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Studley Park Boathouse
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Studley Park Boathouse is a short row downstream from Fairfiel Boathouse, and just upstream from Dight's Falls. Studley Park has more space to walk around, with a sizeable bit of native forest for somewhere so close to the CBD.

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Southbank Footbridge (2)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Melbourne is finally waking up to the fact that it's built on a river... albeit a very brown, litter-strewn one.

1. By day
2. At dusk
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River-side Walk
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Next to Flinders St station.

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Pavement Art
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Pavement art by Beverly

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Melbourne Central
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
The Shot Tower inside Melbourne Central. Since they couldn't knock down this Heritage listed structure, they just built around it. And now they're building some more, so this space is now getting smaller.

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Feeding the Swans
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
The kiosk by the lake. Occasionally some kid is also "lucky" enough to pull an eel out of the lake with their hands.

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Shady Path
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
The Royal Botanic Gardens can provide some relief on a hot summer's day.

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Sphinx Rock
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
One of the attractions of the tip of the Mornington Peninsula is having an ocean beach and a bay beach only minutes apart.

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Above "The Gorge"
Alpine N.P., Victoria, Australia
Heading back to the car after the long weekend I was getting tired.. so here's another excuse to stop and rest. I'm glad I did because I like the light in this panorama.

The starting point for the hike was the carpark below The Gorge (The first white splodge on the satellite image to the ESE.

To keep the footprints out of the shot I walked up behind a tree and then used the rocks to get to the camera position.

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Winter Road Closure
Alpine N.P., Victoria, Australia
This is the southern point of the winter road closure for the Mt Howitt Road.

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Maits Rest Rainforest Walk
Otways, Victoria, Australia
I have yet to link in the full set of panoramas, but here is one shot on a fallen tree fern trunk. (I also have to verify the location)
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