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Your Key To Photographing Melbourne

The world's most livable city is a delight to photograph and it's easy to get out and about in Melbourne to do so. There are a variety of photos you can capture from architecture to nature, street fashion, art, sport and the culinary arts. Melbourne is an easy city to navigate because it's flat making walking or cycling a great way to get around. We also have an excellent public transportation network which features the largest tram network in the world! The network is an easy and affordable way to get around and photograph our city.

The InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto hotel is a great place to start taking photos.  The hotel has been fashioned from two of Melbourne’s most prestigious Victorian warehouse/office buildings.  Now joined together with a contemporary renovation the hotel’s atrium is a wonderful place to begin your photographic tour.

Once you depart the hotel you will discover that in the late 19th century Melbourne was the richest city in the world as the result of the Victorian gold rush.  This has set the stage for some of the best examples of Victorian architecture outside of the United Kingdom.  Fortunately Melbourne has been vigilant in saving many historical buildings so if you enjoy Victorian architecture you will love photographing Melbourne.

During this era the Royal Exhibition Buildings were constructed for the World’s Fair of 1880.  The buildings are now World Heritage listed.  Imagine that in 1880 a round trip passage from Europe to Australia took six months to complete.  Despite this the world came to Melbourne in droves to discover the world’s newest sensation.  Visitors also marvelled at the State Library of Victoria which was one of the first libraries in the world open to the general public.  To gain entry you needed to be 14 years of age or older and have clean hands.  The library now houses some of the world’s rarest books which were acquired with the plentiful funds made available from gold mining revenues.   Both these buildings are easily photographed and make perfect locations to capture mementos of your trip.

Venturing out into the city you will also discover Federation Square which is an architectural photographers dream with angles and colours everywhere.  If you’re an art lover Melbourne has long encouraged street art with may murals adorning city and suburban buildings.  If sculpture and gardens are more your style a visit to the Heide Museum of Modern Art is a great place to photograph contemporary art in a natural setting.

Melbourne is also well know for its architectural diversity and there are plenty of new buildings that showcase the forefront of design which make for interesting shots.  The Yarra River and Docklands precincts are perfect for this.

If your are not a great photographer, there is no cause for despair, your friendly concierge has you covered!  Take a tour with You’re Melbourne.  This is a photography tour where a professional photographer takes you through our amazing city and puts you in focus along with our beautiful city.  This is the best way to have some professional photos of you on your Melbourne experience.  It’s the perfect way to capture some great memories from your trip.

Guests who stay with me can not only get out and about to photograph our amazing city they can also enjoy many great photographs within the hotel.  The hotel is displaying over fifty of my best photographs from around Melbourne and the world.  We are also featuring photographs from Melbourne’s most well known photographer Matt Irwin along with a street art mural featured in our meeting spaces which were created for us by Blender Studios.

So as you can see there is no excuse not to come and enjoy a visit in Melbourne no matter if you are a professional photographer or just love taking a few snaps on your mobile phone.  Please come and stay with us and I will be delighted to give you my best tips on how to make your Melbourne photographs extra special.

Meet the Author
James Ridenour

Concierge, Traveller, Photographer, Melbourne Enthusiast.

James began his hotel career working for some of Canada’s finest hotels including the prestigious Hotel Vancouver, now part of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts and the Sutton Place Hotels in Vancouver and Toronto.

After moving to Australia James accepted the role of Chief Concierge of The Hotel Windsor.  In 2008 he was asked to open the InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto as Chief Concierge.

In 2008 James became a member of Les Clefs d’Or and in 2010 I was elected to the role of Victoria State Director for Les Clefs d’Or Australia and progressed to the role of National Secretary in 2011.

In 2013 he was invited to join the InterContinental Concierge Advisory Board. The board is a group of InterContinental concierge leaders who assist the global brand team with the concierge program for InterContinental Hotels and Resorts.

In 2014 James was elected to the Executive Committee of Les Clefs d’Or International as the Assistant General Secretary and in 2015 was elected as General Secretary of the association. James is currently serving as 2nd International Vice President.

In 2021 James joined Melbourne's newest luxury hotel offering, the Next Hotel Melbourne.

Next Hotel Melbourne

Melbourne, a reimagined hotel experience awaits. Set amongst the city's new 80 Collins precinct of industry influencers, high fashion and hospitality hot spots, Next Hotel Melbourne will be your sophisticated sanctuary to work, play, stay and everything in between. Discover spaces to gather, share food and drink, or contemplate what’s next. Retreat to elegantly understated rooms and suites, stay connected in The Club or explore the city on our doorstep. Expect a refined aesthetic inspired by world travel and the local neighbourhood of Collins Street couturières, China Town and the original site for the city’s Horse Bazaar. Thoughtful design, intriguing artwork, eclectic objet d’art and residential touches combine with welcoming service and bespoke experiences.

If you would like to experience Melbourne with James as your concierge please use the following link to check availability and rates.

Contact the hotel directly: 103 Lt Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC ,3000, Australia



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