04 July 2017
THE UNTAMED BEAUTY BEYOND AUSTRALIA'S GREAT OCEAN ROADby
The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia's famous coastal drives, and it's towns are the region's most tourist-friendly. But the wild surrounds of Portland, 100 kilometers beyond the last stop, provide a lesson in the benefit of putting your foot down when every-one else is pulling over.
From the parapet of the Cape Nelson Lighthouse, Australia appears to be on the verge of oblivion. If it isn't swallowed whole by the fog, it might just slide into the sea.To my right, a sheer drop where the ocean collides with the immense edge of the continent. To my left, mist-concealed foliage yawns into the yonder. Wind turbines stand scarcely visibly on the horizon; lovely three-fingered smudges in the dark. Not another soul in sight. Except Gordon.