Nimbin, Australia Travel HD

Nimbin, Australia Travel HD

Back in the early seventies Nimbin became the alternative lifestyle capital of Australia. Many of the original communes are still set up today. In recent times Nimbin has become infamous for its annual Mardi Grass festival which celebrates marijuana use.
I interviewed Neil Pike, one of the original hippies to arrive in Nimbin in the 70s.

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The Paddle Steamer Capital of the World! – Echuca, Australia HD

The Paddle Steamer Capital of the World! – Echuca, Australia HD

In the 1860s to the early 1900’s, Echuca was a bustling port with paddle steamers ferrying people and goods all through the Murray, Darling and Murrumbidgee River systems.

By the early 1970’s, the port was derelict and unused. The council of the day decided that its paddle steamer heritage was unique and started restoration of the port.

Today the paddle steamers are making a comeback. Many old sunken boats are being repaired to their former glory.

Kevin Hutchinson is a Shipwright who has played a large role in the paddle steamer revival.

Echuca is a great example of how rural towns can use their heritage to establish tourism.

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Melbourne, Australia Travel Video Guide – Overlander.tv

Melbourne, Australia Travel Video Guide – Overlander.tv

Australian Filmmaker Mark Shea travels around Australia interviewing locals along the way. In Melbourne he interviews well known musician Wendy Rule, asking her what she likes about Melbourne.

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Overlander.tv’s Travel Video Trailer

Overlander.tv’s Travel Video Trailer

An introduction to overlander.tv travel videos by Australian filmmaker Mark Shea. Filmed in Quebec City, Canada

It’s been a long journey from when my brother and I set off with a video camera round the outback in 1996.. and I have the grey beard to prove it! The old man of travel video!

And in case you haven’t seen it, here is the very first appearance of ‘the overlanders’!

The Americas – New Travel Video Trip

It’s been nearly a year since I unceremoniously ended my 21 month journey around Asia and Central America. The journey, which took in 16 countries really gave me, in particular, a better understanding of Australia’s place in Asia.

And this is why I do it, I need to see and understand the world, and unfortunately, can’t rest until I’ve at least known each continent!

Series 3 – Episode 6 from ABC Open on Vimeo.

I was planning to ride a motorbike around West Australia, the only part of Australia I haven’t seen. When I cooked the bike I had bought for the trip, doing this ride, I decided West Australia can wait! I felt a strong desire to finish what I’d started in the America’s, and I’ve earmarked May as the time this journey will start, about a month from now!

Things have changed a lot in the last year. I no longer believe relying on youtube ad revenue is a sustainable business model, and I’m not the only one! A clever video producer will use youtube as a means to market their work and try and cultivate direct relationships with advertisers and/or use youtube to drive traffic to some product they sell. Within the travel industry there are some great examples of how this can work.

In the last year I’ve been doing a lot of corporate video production, including working as the chief videographer for the world’s most sustainable winery, New Zealand’s Yealands Estate. It has been a great experience working with a growing corporate, open to allowing their team to tell their story. We’ve turned out 65 videos whereby staff, from the CEO to the chief gardener, tell the story of how Yealands incorporates their ‘Think Boldly, Tread Lightly and never say it can’t be done’ ethos into all they do.

My favourite video is the one below where Yealands founder, Peter Yealands discusses the unique soil structure of their Seaview Vineyard. Peter is a busy man and doesn’t always enjoy being in front of camera. I realised that if I put him on camera with someone else, he would forget the camera and perform better, and this video is testament to that!

My work with Yealands has made me aware of my unique skills as a video producer; I can work fast, turning out videos to tight deadlines and I know how to get the best out of on camera performers. I’ve also leant that working with a team can lead to a better product in the end. And most of all, it has been great not having to appear on camera myself. So how that changes my style on this next trip, who knows!

I know personally, sustainability has become a huge interest of mine; growing my own food, researching eco-friendly house designs and exploring the growing electric motorcycle industry. I’m sure given this passion, these will be some of the stories I search out on this next journey!

At the moment all that I have planned is a flight from Melbourne to Los Angeles. I like traveling this way, no plans, open schedule, seeing where the road takes me. Some people can’t fathom this way of traveling, but for me it leaves room to seize opportunities in the moment, like my chance to sail to Cuba.

Some ideas include a road trip across America down to Miami exploring the deep south, sailing the Caribbean, motorcycle diaries though Sth America. Looking forward to sharing some great video stories along the way.

Holiday Activities, including Tours and Adventure Videos

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40 Videos featuring tours and adventure activities from around the world. To select an individual video, click on playlist link in the top left hand corner of video player, and scroll down to make a selection.

Watch, Plan, Visit! – The winning combo of Video, Business, Travel

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globalI’ve been producing travel video content for over 10 years. I’m feeling the need to do more than just production. I wish to help others, video producers and tourism business, realize the full potential of travel content.

I’ve been working on something very big that I have been researching since I have been traveling.

I wish to develop two websites that will team travel videos, tourism business and video producers.

Overlander.tv will team destination and tourism business profile videos with a tourism booking engine for flights, hotels, tours, car rentals and travel insurance

2minprofile.com will allow tourism business to find local video producers to produce tried and tested business profile videos.

Both sites will work in together, with 2minprofile providing videos for overlander.tv

To fully understand the alchemic magic of video and tourism, read google’s recent study

Exciting times :)