Julie is the author of a number of guidebooks, including 'Melbourne's Best Bush Bay and City Walks' & 'Melbourne for Dogs' (with RSPCA). Read more of her adventures at her walks blog: walksmelbourne.com
Published May 20th 2013
Google earth reveals a spooky phenomenon
When I'm not writing for WeekendNotes, I am busy with my guidebooks, which involves a lot of looking at maps, both dusty-yet-trusty paper Melways and the digital dagginess of Google Earth and friends. Today I accidentally came across a truly bizarre phenomenon which can only been seen from above - think crop circles and the Nazca desert figures in Peru ... but the Aussie version. It seems that Victoria is being taken by a craze of creating birds-eye view maps of Australia which can only be seen by hot air balloon or alien spaceship.
The first one I skipped across was in the unassuming alien destination of Mulgrave, where the person laying out the primary school footpath was clearly a nationalist:
Thinking that's weird enough, I remembered another one I had come across last year on the banks of the Barwon River in the Barwon Valley Park, Geelong. While Arnhem Land seems to have succumbed a bit to global warming, it's still definitely presenting a road map of Oz to whoever is up there looking down. In case you think my imagination is running away with me, check out the Melways (451 G8) - it was apparently built to celebrate the Bicentennary. Of course.
I've heard of geoglyphs, but this is ridiculous - has anyone else out there had any sightings of this seemingly random phenomenon? Should I be paranoid? Are there more? Is this just the tip of the iceberg? Should we be petitioning the government for a national register? Check out your backyard in the morning - you never know who (or what) might have been at work overnight!