Last year saw some remarkable events in Australia, including hallmark historical moments like the passage of the same-sex marriage bill, record weather events like Cyclone Debbie and a scorching Sydney summer, as well as the launching of several major infrastructure projects. As always, Nearmap captured it all from above. Here are a few highlights.
26 January: Australia Day . Marking the arrival of the First Fleet at Port Jackson in 1788. Port Jackson, NSW, captured on 22 August, 2017.
11 February: Record-setting temps in Sydney . The hottest summer since records began didn’t keep sunseekers off the beach in Coogee. Coogee Beach, NSW, captured on 11 February, 2017.
20 March: Victorian Desalination Project begins operations, allowing the first 50 gigalitres of desalinated water to begin flowing into the Cardinia Reservoir. Cardinia Reservoir, VIC, captured on 30 November, 2017.
27 March: Cyclone Debbie swells the Pioneer River in Mackay. The tropical cyclone caused AUD $2.4M in damage due to extreme flooding . Mackay, QLD, captured on 1 April, 2017.
26 June: Barangaroo Ferry Wharves open. Move over, Circular Quay: the $59M infrastructure project gives Barangaroo office workers a new way to commute. Barangaroo, NSW, captured on 19 October, 2017.
5 September: New Royal Adelaide Hospital opens. The new facility expects to care for 85,000 inpatients annually — a far cry from the capacity of 30 patients the original hospital offered when it opened in 1841. Adelaide, SA, captured on 21 November, 2017.
11 October: Vegemite releases “Blend 17,” an artisanal version of the beloved Aussie toast topper that left some fans less than ravenous . Vegemite Way, Port Melbourne, VIC, captured on 23 November, 2017.
7 November: Melbourne Cup. The race that stops the nation had its youngest-ever winning trainer, 24-year-old Joseph O’Brien. Flemington Racecourse, VIC, captured on 7 September, 2017.
19 November: Malcolm Young, AC/DC guitarist and songwriter, dies. The now-defunct Chequers Club in Darlinghurst was the site of their first live concert . 79 Goulbourn Street, Darlinghurst, NSW, captured on 11 February, 2017.
4 December: Amazon’s e-tail business begins Australian operations. Local booksellers stood their ground . Amazon warehouse, Dandenong South, VIC, captured on 25 November, 2017.
6 December: Perth City Link opens to pedestrians, connecting Northbridge with the CBD for the first time in over a century. Wellington Street, Perth, WA, captured on 20 October, 2017.
7 December: Australian Parliament legalises same-sex marriage after a public referendum that resulted in a 61.6% “yes” vote. Parliament House, Canberra, ACT, captured on 20 September, 2017.