Travelling along the Great Ocean Road – Taking friends to some amazing places

I have spoken about how I took some friends to Port Campbell last month. I feel like I’ve known Anne for many years now and had the great pleasure of meeting her in 2015 when she took me out for the day when I was in the USA. She took me down to Santa Cruz and Monterey. It was a fantastic day and I never thought I would get an opportunity to see her again.

Imagine my surprise when she told me she was coming to Australia with 2 other friends. They were making sure they came to Melbourne. Now you can see Anne’s experiences here, LENS ARTISTS PHOTO CHALLENGE #242: NEW EXPERIENCES

She also got some great images. I am going to show you some of mine as well. Though, I also did a video showing the places we went to and if you click on the YouTube image below it will take you to the video.


I have to admit, I’m quite proud of this one. It took me a while to put it together.

We did have a great time and in one day we visited the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge, the Grotto, Bay of Islands and then a short stop at Peterborough on the way back. It is so good going to all these places, but it is also exhausting. There was more we could have seen but I think they were happy with what they got.

We were lucky with the weather, being February we could have had really hot weather, but it was really nice. We did get some rain, but overall it wasn’t too bad. It never rained for too long.

I have processed some images, and I’m going to show you some here, but there are more in the video.

One of the images should look slightly familiar. I have shown it before, but it was monochrome before. This is it reverted back to colour.  In the video, I have shown both and the other one I did from that day as well.

The day after this we made our way back to Melbourne where I dropped them off and said good-bye. I don’t know if we will ever meet again, but this trip showed that you never know.

Just before I go, I have wondered whether you might like more detailed posts on places to photograph. Things like my experiences, the best times to go and what I found there. I tend to do quick posts on places. So let me know if you would be interested in that.

So farewell to Anne, Sandy and Peg. Thank you so much for including me on your trip to Australia.


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  1. Hi Leanne,
    I look forward to seeing the images and videos of your trips as brings back good memories of my time living in Victoria. I’ve shot video as well as still images and learned how to take smooth pan shots – which are not so easy to do. However there is a trick to it and I found a little video which gives the technique. I practiced this a lot before I could do it well and thought you might find this info helpful. It’s a very short video on YouTube at Hope you find this helpful and please keep the videos coming!

    1. I’ve watched lots of videos, but I haven’t been taking it seriously. I am working on my technique and I hope eventually I will be smooth too. I need to practice more. Thank you.

  2. Beautiful, Leanne – you live in a beautiful country and you showcase its glory the way only you can!

  3. We visited here in January and the scenery was stunning. I also enjoyed the chilled out atmosphere of Lorne.

    1. Stunning is the perfect word for it. Lorne is like that, though many places along there are, it is a wonderful place all along there. Thank you.

  4. What a lot to see in one day and what a long, long drive from Melbourne. No wonder you were exhausted. The photos has a beautiful softness to them – it makes me nostalgic to see the coast down in the south west of Victoria again. I particularly love your image of Loch Ard Gorge. I’d say yes to reading more about your experiences in these places.

    1. It was a lot Suzanne, though we did do it over a couple of days, so we had a house to stay in in Port Campbell. I have done it in a day but that is really exhausting. Thank you, I love taking photos down there, planning another trip in a few months. That’s good to hear, I will see what I can do about more info. Thanks again.

  5. Wow Leanne, so wonderful to see these familiar places from a different set of eyes! Love them all!

  6. I loved seeing both of you make a post of the trip. A fascinating place to visit and clearly memorable for all of you. I would definitely be interested in seeing more details. You provide such wisdom in a beautiful country. Thanks Leanne.

    1. That is wonderful, it is funny seeing photos from someone else who was also there. It was very memorable. I will see what I can do, I have a few ideas about details, so will see what I can do. Thank you, I love photographing my country.

  7. Hi Leanne – long time no e-visit! Loved your post (nice to see the color!) and the video very much. Just a quick note that the links to the video all go to Anne’s post. I just did a search on youtube to find it. Mesmerizing! Definitely took me back to our visit years ago. So long ago in fact that I think one or two of the projectiles have fallen since. So sad. It’s such an amazing sight.

    1. Hey Tina, welcome back. Glad you liked the photos and video. I have fixed the link now, not sure what happened. Yeah, a few have fallen down and I’m sure more will too. Still a lovely spot. Thank you.

    1. That is great to hear Marc, I loved the music I choose, often the hardest part. You’re welcome and thanks for taking a look at it.

  8. Hi Leanne. I loved your images and the way you processed them. However, the link on the video goes back to my blog and doesn’t show the video you prepared. I’d really like to see the video. You were wonderful in arranging a place for us to stay in Port Campbell and I think we made a great foursome. Let’s not say farewell. You were the main reason I said okay to Australia.

  9. Your work is always very beautiful, Leanne, you should be very proud! 🙏🏻🥰🇦🇺

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