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Best Places For Drone Photography in Melbourne

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by Amelia Warrandyte (subscribe)
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Published August 20th 2019
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In the past five or so years, drone cameras have become the hype of the photography industry.

It's no wonder why - they allow for unique perspectives to be taken on scenes that otherwise cannot be obtained. The bird's eye view can be artistic, distinctive and dramatic.

However, new drone owners often find themselves with their recently purchased drone, unsure of where they should fly it.

There are a number of rules to adhere to when flying your drone in Victoria and other parts of Australia. It is important that you read all of the regulations, but the key ones to keep in mind are:

1. You cannot fly it in Victorian National Parks.
2. You cannot fly it nearby to helipads or airports (Apps like "Can I Fly Here?" will help with understanding this).
3. You cannot fly it where it is distracting or invasive of members of the public.

With these laws in mind, you may feel a little restricted as to where you can fly your aerial camera. But, never fear: there are still a diverse range of destinations in Melbourne and Greater Victoria where you can legally/safely/productively fly your drone.

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The shoreline from above.


1. Surf beaches

Images of waves and shorelines are highly sought after for wall art and desktop backgrounds. The calming nature and simplicity of an aerial beach image is highly admired by all photographers.

My favourite locations for surf photography include Torquay, the Bass Coast and Warrnambool.

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Surfers make the most of waves near Torquay.


2. Rural townships

Victoria's country towns, both inland and coastal, are effective locations to fly your drone. The iconic main streets, sparse surrounds and heritage buildings often make for clean and simple imagery.

My recommendations are:

- Ararat (try to get the Grampians National Park in the background)
- Lorne (try launching off the pier)
- Bright (try to get the town in the foreground and the nearby Alpine National Park in the background)

3. Sunsets/sunrises

It doesn't matter where you are - an epic dawn or dusk setting will almost always transpire into a remarkable shot.

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Sunset near Phillip Island.


The key for securing a high-quality sunset/rise image is adjusting your shutter and exposure settings on the camera. Most DJI drone will allow you to reduce or increase these settings so that you can control how much light is being taken into the image.

If your image is over-exposed, this indicates that you may need to shorten shutter speed or reduce exposure compensation. Alternatively, if your image is too dark, you may need to increase shutter speed and exposure compensation.

4. Roads

The simplicity of a straight road, or complexity of a multi-lane curving highway, can make for an admirable drone image.

Generally, drone shots of streets are better when there is one or more car on the road. This brings about a sense of motion to the image and helps understandings of what is happening in the photograph.

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Simple aerial road photography.


- Brighton Esplanade (try getting Melbourne CBD in the background)
- San Remo Bridge (but you must only launch on the outskirts of San Remo to avoid the local airport)
- William Buckley Bridge in Barwon Heads (try to get the ocean/river inlet into the image)

5. Waterways

The contrast or connection of land and water can often look very dynamic in an aerial image. Just be careful not to fly over a protected marine park.

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Aerial lake photography.


In Victoria, you may like to try shooting the Murray River, Lake Eildon or Gippsland Lakes near Lakes Entrance.


6. Countrysides

Farms, wineries and fields are popular destinations for drone enthusiasts. They often produce clean, symmetrical imagery that is highly appealing to the eye.

Of course, if flying over private property, you will need permission from the owner to fly.

If your countryside images are appearing too simple or bare, I recommend having a person walk into the image. The person can assist with demonstrating scale, as well as giving some life to the shot.

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Low angle field shots.


Whenever choosing to fly your drone in the above locations, ensure that you have practised beforehand in a safe environment such as an oval or open parkland.

Where are your favourite places for aerial photography?
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Why? Make the most of your drone by shooting in epic locations.
When: Shooting in the middle of the day will reduce shadows. However, sunrise and sunset can produce interesting highlights and colours.
Where: All around Melbourne and Greater Victoria.
Cost: It's free, of course.
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An interesting article Amelia. Are you an avid drone photographer.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7390) 85 days ago
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