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Aerial Photos of Melbourne's Growth, 2018

The SPA VicTas Branch reflects on the one year anniversary since we took to the sky to photograph Melbourne's urban sprawl from above.

One of our branch members is a private pilot and offered to take up a professional photographer up in his plane. As the plane journeyed through Melbourne's northern suburbs through the wheatbelt to Kerrang and back,  Tanya Fry (photographer) observed endless urban sprawl around Melbourne followed by equally endless cleared land accross the state of Victoria.  The scale of human impact, seen from up in the air, was staggering and sobering reminder as our Australian leaders attempt to double the State's population in under 30 years.

Below are some of the highlights from the project:


Melbourne population from air urban boundary




Cessna Graeme aerial photographs



melbourne city sprawl 1







Traffic congestion Clifton Hill




melbourne traffic congestion rush hour




melbourne west rush hour conestion


melbourne city and sprawl


mellbourne cbd and port from the air


melbourne cbd and port from the air


Melbourne northern suburbs from the air


congested freeway moonee ponds


Melbourne CBD MCG Albert Park


graeme pilot map

Northern Victoria Cleared farmland


Victoria cleared land patchwork farms


melbourne freeway congestion road


melbourne freeway intersection congestion


melbourne new development estate


melbourne busy road