It’s a simple building. A shed, really. You can’t go inside, and even if you could, there’s nothing in there. For decades it was derelict, an eyesore to which locals paid little attention.
But this humble boat shed, on the shore of the Swan River in Perth, Western Australia, has become a social media superstar. Known around the world simply as the #blueboathouse, since being restored in the early 2000s it has become Perth’s second-most popular spot for tourist selfies.
- ^ xiaomei80/Instragram.com (www.instagram.com)
- ^ A$400,000 to build a public toilet (thewest.com.au)
- ^ romart_photography/Instagram.com (www.instagram.com)
- ^ davechuacs/Instagram.com (www.instagram.com)
- ^ #MeTourism: the hidden costs of selfie tourism (theconversation.com)
- ^ Sea Lake (www.abc.net.au)
- ^ economic boost (www.weeklytimesnow.com.au)
- ^ removing “likes” (www.forbes.com)
- ^ Why do people risk their lives for the perfect selfie? (theconversation.com)
- ^ junita_kirana/Instagram.com (www.instagram.com)
Authors: Dr Violetta Wilk, Lecturer & Researcher in Digital Marketing, Edith Cowan University