I’ve hijacked #tbt and turned it into #ttbt so I can tell stories about old photos of my past adventures. This time: the Great Ocean Road.

Lorne Pier

Lorne Pier

I suppose there’s nothing immediately remarkable about this picture. It’s just a dude fishing on a dock near Lorne on the Great Ocean Road in Australia. I certainly took much more exciting pictures on that portion of my big Oz/NZ adventure, but this is one of the ones I always think about first. I just really love it. I think the curve of the dock makes it look like there’s some sort of wide-angle panorama going on, but there’s no trickery in this shot. It just came out looking better than I expected it to.

That seemed to happen a lot there, actually. It’s just a naturally photogenic place. I remember staring out the window at one point thinking how strange it was that all of these places probably pretty much looked the same when there was no road here, and what people must have thought the first time they saw certain bits of the coast. Loch Ard Gorge in particular, which is one of the most amazing beaches I’ve ever seen.

Loch Ard Gorge

Loch Ard Gorge

In any case, we were there in September/October, off season, so it was too cold to swim, but we had most places relatively to ourselves, which made it that much better. Sometimes if you go somewhere off season everything is closed and you can’t really enjoy as much as you otherwise would, but I don’t think that’s true of the Ocean Road. It also made for some particularly memorable segments of driving in the middle of nowhere, losing radio stations and feeling like we might well be the last people left on the planet.

I have nothing but enthusiastic endorsement for driving the Great Ocean Road, and if you ever find yourself in that part of the world, I highly, highly recommend it. It’s one of the nicest things I’ve ever done. Loads of lovely little towns, amazing beaches, good food, and some of the best hostels I’ve ever experienced. And if you like driving, the first bit of the road is probably one of the most fun, curvy, scenic drives you can do.

Also: (obviously) Koalas!

Koala

Sleepy, snuggly koalas.