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Trip Report Great Ocean Road, Victoria

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We just got back from a month in Victoria, Australia. I was there to photograph a wedding for a friend and to do some landscape work for myself. The wedding was in Sassafras, just east of Melbourne where we spent nearly two weeks. But the week we spent on the Great Ocean Road offered the best landscape work from the trip.

Most people who go to see the coastline along the Great Ocean Road tend to do it in a day or two, spending very little time in any one spot. We took a week to do the highway from Melbourne to Port Fairy. Most people would never spend that kind of time doing this stretch of the coast, but remember, I'm a landscape photographer. That elusive "Magic Light" only lasts for a few minutes each day and you simply don't pull a camera out during most of the day. So you plot out what you want to shoot at sunrise and what will be good at sunset, and plan your travels accordingly.

The weather was fairly good for the week, although the angle of the sun to the coast would have been better in the spring (September, October and November). But I was able to get a number of good photographs along the way. They'll be on my website in the coming months, once I get my new site up and running.

Accomodations were ample this time of year. At the peak of surfing season rooms would have been tougher to get and probably more expensive. And the wait in a restaurant would have been longer. As it was, we had no waits at almost everyplace we ate.

While we enjoyed the trip, we're used to more adventuresome places in the world, especially the southern coast of Europe, most of southeast Asia and parts of Africa. Australia struck us as being somewhat vanilla. Granted we only saw Victoria, but we came away with a pretty good idea what Australia was like after a month of driving there. We could have gotten away from Victoria but decided to cover it well and spent our time photographing the coast and the Grampians Mountains to the north of the Great Coast Road. Most of the places we stayed were in neat and tidy, yes cute little towns that rarely showed a speck of litter. Very nice, but not very exciting. But I came away with a nice collection of landscape photos. So I accomplished what I was after.

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