Clunes was one of my favourites. A tiny, historic gold mining town with a population of around 900. The buildings are brimming with rustic character. Fraser St, the main street, is famous for being used as a movie set. And (lucky for me) book shops. Lots of books and book shops. I managed to pick up Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Biography, which was a nice find, and some other old books which will come in handy for props. A book festival is held there every year in May, something to put on my bucket list. Clunes also has the most amazing coffee shop called Widow Twankeys, named after a character in the pantomime Aladdin. With it’s hot pink decor, delicious food and an adjoining lolly shop, it’s a must visit for lunch. I dare you to try not going in the lolly shop.
Just down the street from Widow Twankeys on the corner is the local, well known photographer, Neil Newitt. I was grateful to have the opportunity to meet Neil, who regularly freelances for RM Williams magazine. He was very generous with his time and knowledge about photography. His photos depicting Australia and the Victorian countryside are truly inspiring. Neil also teaches workshops locally and provides black and white natural light portraiture. I will most definitely be booking a session with him on the next visit … I think I need something to replace the ‘selfies’ with. His gallery is open Friday to Sunday and is another must visit in Clunes.
I returned home from the trip energised with the creative juices ready to flow. When was the last time you jumped in the car and went for a drive? Could just be an hour out of town or 3500kms down the road and back. Try it. there's nothing like getting out of your own four walls and seeing some of the amazing countryside this world has to offer.