Australia's Year from Above 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

27 March: Cyclone Debbie swells the Pioneer River in Mackay. The tropical cyclone caused AUD $2.4M in damage due to extreme floodingMackay, 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.

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.

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.

11 October: Vegemite releases “Blend 17,” an artisanal version of the beloved Aussie toast topper that left some fans less than ravenousVegemite 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.

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.

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.

4 December: Amazon’s e-tail business begins Australian operations. Local booksellers stood their groundAmazon 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.

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.

7 December: Australian Parliament legalises same-sex marriage after a public referendum that resulted in a 61.6% “yes” voteParliament House, Canberra, ACT, captured on 20 September, 2017.

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