For almost a week now, several communities in south-western Victoria have been left in a communications black hole.
Sixty-thousand customers lost their landline, mobile internet and eftpos service after fire knocked out the Telstra telephone exchange at Warrnambool last Thursday.
At Dunkeld, in the picturesque Grampians, some residents are enjoying life without the distraction of phones and the internet.
Alison Brumley works in a local cafe and she says locals have resorted to slipping notes under the door of the local tavern to make a booking or place an order.
It is as if the town had gone back in time.
"It really has shut the Western District down.
And we often wonder what Melbourne would be like if the same thing happened there," she said.
She says doing business is tough without telephones, the internet and especially eftpos.
"It's cash only at the moment.
And people don't carry it.
And they're just not used to it, especially...
tourists." Andrew Nairn, of Sydney, says it has been hard to book accommodation in the Grampians.
"We've been on a bit of a road trip around Victoria and Cape Otway and we were trying to phone up the hotel here in Dunkeld but no-one was answering and emailing wasn't working," he said.
"It was as if they'd dropped off the planet." At the general store, Britenee Sanford, 19, misses the internet.
"We still have TV and stuff like that but it's just weird not having that internet, because you go on it every five minutes if you have nothing to do," she said.
"There's just no surfing or checking your emails really, so that sucks." Ms Brumley is hoping her three teenagers will learn something from the experience about the good old days.
"They're not coming home anymore, because they're staying with their friends," she said.
"Wipe Facebook out and you've got to stay with your friends and catch up.
Isn't that old fashioned."