Hidden Melbourne…

Going behind the scenes to Melbourne's hidden places

The Hidden Melbourne Project displays unique and interesting virtual tours of our city.

We show panoramas from the tops of towers and town halls that give amazing views of Melbourne. We let you look around old, derelict and hard-to-access buildings.

Explore this site and see some different angles on what Melbourne has to offer…

Here are a few sample scenes taken from our panoramic tours.


What's a 360º panoramic photo?

It's an immersive view where you can see all around, up and down, left and right. It's almost like you're standing in the location.

Test it out on the panoramas by clicking and holding with your mouse to move around.

Click the  icon at the bottom of a panorama to view it full screen.

 

What's Hidden Melbourne all about?

Hidden, forgotten, neglected

We feature “hidden” locations using 360° virtual tours and photos. These are places which are unknown, inaccessible or simply overlooked. A perfect example is the many clocktowers around the city, highly visible, but the interior is hidden. We enjoy making these places available as well as their historic background.

Endangered

Development must take place but we regret all those places knocked down before being properly recorded. Using virtual tours we can create a lasting record of the fabric of Melbourne. A 360° virtual tour of a building created prior to redevelopment will let future generations see the what was there and “walk” inside.

Public

People research businesses and tourist attractions every day on the internet. We want to give owners of such places the ability to give people an online walk in from the street and a tour of their facility. This is part of our commercial activities. If you would like a tour created of your public space or business please contact us.

Check out our Hidden Melbourne virtual tours

Alma Doepel

The Alma Doepel is a topsail schooner under restoration at Docklands, Melbourne. It was built in Bellingen NSW by Frederick Doepel and launched in 1903. Its name comes from one of his daughters. From 1917 carried jam to the mainland from IXL in Tasmania and set a speed record of 58 hours and 30 minutes.

Victorian State Parliament

The colony of Victoria got self-government in 1851 and this building was begun in 1855 and opened in 1856 although not completed until 1929. John Knight and Peter Kerr were the architects. The proposed dome has never been completed.

Fire Services Museum

Construction of the Eastern Hill Fire Station was begun in 1891 and completed in November 1893. Today it's no longer used as a fire station and houses the Fire Services Museum. The building is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

Labassa

Originally built in 1862, extended in 1873 and lavishly refurbished in 1889. Named originally ‘Sylliott Hill’, then ‘Ontario’ and finally ‘Labassa'. This grand house was carved up into flats in the 1920s before being bought and restored by the National Trust.

Capitol Theatre

This theatre was designed by US architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin and is considered their finest interior design. Opened in 1924 it was described by the leading architect Robin Boyd as “the best cinema that was ever built or is ever likely to be built”.

Steamrail Victoria

Steamrail Victoria was founded in 1965 to preserve Victoria's railway heritage. The organisation is located in the rail workshops at Newport.

Collingwood Sailors and Soldiers Memorial Hall

Erected for the benefit of WW1 servicemen and opened in 1924 by Captain Albert Jacka. It was constructed for £5,000 and is now derelict and owned by the City of Yarra.

Collingwood Town Hall

One of the finest town halls in Australia. Designed by George R Johnson and built between 1880 and 1885. the interior was destroyed by fire in the 1920s and rebuilt in the art deco style.

Alma Doepel

The Alma Doepel is a topsail schooner under restoration at Docklands, Melbourne. It was built in Bellingen NSW by Frederick Doepel and launched in 1903. Its name comes from one of his daughters. From 1917 carried jam to the mainland from IXL in Tasmania and set a speed record of 58 hours and 30 minutes.

More Hidden Melbourne virtual tours

Who created Hidden Melbourne?

Barney Meyer

Barney

We’re two photographers —
Mark Hassed and Barney Meyer.
Hidden Melbourne is our brainchild.
We use artistry in high dynamic range photography and 360° virtual tours to reveal hidden parts of our city.

Mark Hassed

Mark

Would you like us to create a virtual tour for you?

We create tours for councils, clubs, organisations and businesses.