Road Trip – Narooma, Durras North Beach, Ulladulla, Nowra (4 Oct 2019)

Breakfast at Tilba

Had breakfast at our Bed & Breakfast. While the host was preparing our meal, we spent some time with her dog, Bridee who loves being chased. She’s a little shy and wouldn’t come near us. But she seemed to enjoy herself when we started to chase her. And would always come back for more.

We did explore Tilba after breakfast when shops start to open since we couldn’t walk around the day before we arrive. We found a shop at the end where they sell many homemade bath bombs, lotions and bar soaps. They’re all so pretty to look and we decided to get one bath bomb. Which we will be using on our next accommodation, whichever one that has a bathtub.

Explored the other shops at Tilba before we head over to ABC Cheese Factory. They have a lot of different flavoured cheese and thankfully we get to try them before purchasing. Dear is a fan of cheese, and this is one of the must-visit shops.

Narooma

Drove down to Narooma for our snorkelling session. One of the itinerary that Dear insist of having since she started planning for the trip. The downside was, they do not offer a life jacket which is challenging for me as I’m not a good swimmer. But I went ahead with the idea, thinking that maybe Dear will hold my hand and calm me down during the session.

Dear told me she booked the one with whale watching too. So we’ll be out at the sea for a longer period. Upon arrival, we were told to wait due to bad weather out at sea. During the wait, I was hoping for the weather to get better so that I can enjoy what Dear had planned for me. Sadly, after about an hour of waiting, the session was cancelled.

We settled for a refund instead of rescheduling because we had to continue our journey towards Sydney and can’t possibly returning back to Narooma. A little sad because after that, I got to know that it’s snorkeling with seals session. It’s a surprise that Dear planned for me knowing how much I love animals. Awww….

Durras North Beach

We headed towards our next destination, Durras North Beach. Dear said I will know my next surprise when we get there. As I drove in towards Durras North Beach, the first thought was why Dear wants to bring us here. There’s nothing much to see except for some small buildings. As I drove further, I saw a mother kangaroo with a joey in her pouch. That’s where I decided to stop and park the car. Dear did not see that mother kangaroo till I alighted and walked towards it.

After taking some pictures of the mother kangaroo and her joey, we explored the place where we found more kangaroos just lazing about minding their own business. Got to see the awesome view of Durras North Beach too. The only downside of the place is that wherever you walk, you might be stepping on kangaroo’s poop.

It’s a nice place and it did brightens up my day after a disappointing morning where my snorkeling got cancelled.

Ulladulla

Arrived at Ulladulla where we visited the arcade first. It’s quite interesting to visit each country’s arcade as to me, the type of games varies. The one we visited here is more family oriented. It does includes games and rides for toddlers.

We visited Target in hope of getting some clothes, especially long pants as pajamas. Sadly, there wasn’t any size for me. We continued shopping and bought ourselves two glass mugs at AUD$2. The promotion, if I didn’t remember wrongly, was buy 1 get 1 free. One of our best buys so far other than my huge Mickey Mouse plushie.

Had dinner before we head off towards our next destination. Not much restaurants are open, thus we settled with an Italian restuarant that was opened.

Nowra

Dear drove us towards Nowra but half way through, we stopped by a petrol station and changed driver. There’s no street lights and we rely solely on the car’s light. However, the cars from the opposite direction, the lights were too bright and it blinded Dear. It’s dangerous and thus we decided to switch driver.

I took over the wheels and drove us to our next destination where we will be resting for the night. As a Singaporean, I am thankful that our streets are well lit and doesn’t have the problem like the one we experienced in Australia.

Road Trip – Sale, Wild Honey, Raymond Island, Orbost (2 Oct 2019)

Breakfast at Foster

We woke up for breakfast at about 8 am. Yes, breakfast was provided by the bed and breakfast host. The first thing I helped myself was fruit salad which I couldn’t resist not having. And a nice cup of hot black coffee. The host even made us some toast which I spread with nice butter. It’s nice to have a different type of breakfast considering what we usually have back home. Something interesting I would say compared to the usual bak chor mee or char kway teow.

While we were having breakfast, we were greeted by a wonderful sight of wild colorful Lories. We also had a small chat with a couple who were on a road trip too, but they were on their way towards Melbourne which was where we started from. Part of traveling free and easy is that you get to meet people of different countries and cultures. Making friends along the way, even if it’s just a hi-bye moment doesn’t seem so bad.

Sale

After breakfast, we loaded the car and bid farewell to our wonderful host. We arrived at a small town called Sale. After we parked the car, we decided to take a walk around. Visited a shop that sells practically everything. There are clothes, pet stuff, candies, and many others. I bought a collapsible bowl for our fur kids at AUD$2 and much better quality compared to the one I bought at Daiso years ago. Which eventually broke after using it a few times.

Entered a toy shop, and was greeted by a large size Mickey Mouse tsum tsum at the entrance. Which definitely caught my attention. There were two prices on the tag and we weren’t sure which is the right one. Head over to counter and enquire about the price and got to know it’s on sale! It’s AUD$20! And without hesitation, I bought it. Best purchase ever so far during the trip. It didn’t occur to me how we will be bringing this back to Singapore. But I’m pretty sure that Dear does know how to pack the luggage and this will be flying home with us.

Wild Honey (Cafe)

Head over to Wild Honey for brunch. Ordered a cup of flat white and smashed avocado to share. We weren’t that hungry yet since we had a filling breakfast before we embark on our journey.

I am not a fan of avocado, but I decided to give Wild Honey’s smashed avocado a try. And amazingly, it’s yummy. It doesn’t have the taste that I dislike in an avocado. Probably the other ingredients of the dish covered it up and making the entire dish amazingly nice. It was so good that despite being full, I finished it. But of course, not by myself but I had most of it. Now thinking back, I do miss this a lot. Asked Dear to try to replicate the taste and hopefully, it’s as yummy as the one I had.

Raymond Island

We headed to our next destination. And I totally have no idea about it till we get there. I parked the car and made our way to catch a ferry ride towards Raymond Island. Upon arrival, I saw the signs and realized that we were there to see some wild koalas. Part of the surprise planned by Dear without me knowing.

I was a little disappointed when we couldn’t spot any till a kind ranger asked if we were koala hunting. He told us one male koala was sleeping on a tree right outside his office. He even shares with us how the koalas on the island were cared for. Thank you for the information, appreciate the work that you and your team did for the koalas on the island.

It’s a small island with not much residency. As we followed the koala trail, we managed to spot a few more koalas. And also thanks to the kids around who seem too excited spotting the koalas that we get to see some hidden among the trees.

It’s a nice place to stroll even if you’re not there for the cute little tree huggers. Do bring along your sunglasses. The sun can be glaring when you look up at the trees to see the koalas.

Orbost

Address: 94 Salisbury St, Orbost VIC 3888, Australia

Arrived at Orbost to rest for the night. Stayed at Orbost Country Roads Motor Inn. After checking in, we parked our car right outside our room’s doorstep. We got greeted by a friendly neighbor staying next door. Unloaded our stuff before we head out for dinner.

Address:  63 Nicholson St, Orbost VIC 3888, Australia

Most places were closed, thus we decided to dine at Orbost Club Hotel. To me, it’s like an old school diner place. It’s quiet considering we were the first few customers for the dinner crowd. Ordered steak with fries and salad on the side. It’s a decent meal and filling in my opinion.

We didn’t stay out long as Dear had a scheduled skype call with her friend for some programming lessons. Yes, even on vacation, Dear didn’t forget that she needed to upgrade her skills.