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.

Road Trip – Brighton Beach, Caldermeade Farm & Foster (1 Oct 2019)

Collect Rental Car

We got the checkout timing wrong and was greeted by a rude annoyed staff that was there to clean up the place. Packed our stuff in a hurry before we head towards Southern Cross Station to collect our rental car. Yes, our road trip has finally begun!

Did some paperwork, signed the agreement and we’re off heading towards the carpark to collect our Hyundai Accent. It’s a small hatchback but it’s good and big enough for the two of us and our luggage.

After we’re done putting our stuff in the boot and setting up our GPS, we’re good to go. The good thing about driving in Australia is that it’s the same as Singapore. Driver’s seat is on the right. Which make driving easier especially when it comes to changing gears.

Brighton Beach

First stop of our road trip, the famous Melbourne Brighton Beach. Apparently, it is a must-visit for tourists mainly for Instagram worthy pictures.

Although the sun was huge, sunny and bright, it was quite windy and chilly at the beach. Thankfully, we came prepared with sunscreen lotion and jackets. It wasn’t crowded when we visited Brighton Beach and we managed to get some pretty decent photos in my opinion.

Oh, the toilet at Brighton Beach might not be for everyone. It’s not well maintained or clean. Bring your own sanitizer and tissues to clean the toilet seats. Bring enough tissues along as they do not provide tissues there. You can’t expect much from a public toilet. However, it’s decent enough for usage.

We strolled along the beach to enjoy the scenery and nice weather before we continue on our road trip journey.

Caldermeade Farm and Cafe

Address: 4385 S Gippsland Hwy, Caldermeade VIC 3984, Australia

We headed towards Caldermeade Farm and Cafe hoping to dine there for late lunch. Sadly, when we arrived, their kitchen was already closed at around 3 pm. We ended up touring the farm area instead.

It’s a large farm, and they do have a viewing gallery for you to see how they milk their cows using machines. They do have other animals around such as goats. Saw a few baby ones and you can even enter their playpen for an up-close experience.

We didn’t stay long as we didn’t want to drive in an unfamiliar place during the dark. Thus we continued on with our journey towards the next destination.

Foster

I have been telling Dear that we must visit Foster as many travel blogs recommended this small town for its coffee. We checked in at Litchfield Lodge, a bed and breakfast accommodation.

Address: 12 Hoddle Rd, Foster VIC 3960, Australia

We missed the entrance to our bed and breakfast accommodation as it was a small opening big enough for a car to enter into a long driveway. It didn’t occur to us that it’s the entrance. Got to know after we enter and meet the host of the accommodation.

Head out for dinner. Not much option left as most places were closed when we arrived. Decided to give The Rhythm Cafe & Restaurant a try.

Address: 3-5 Bridge St, Foster VIC 3960, Australia

Ordered the risotto, which was amazing. I am not a fan of risotto, but this was nice. I can’t remember what Dear had ordered, but hers wasn’t as fantastic. We decided to share half of the food that we’ve ordered. So we get to both enjoy nice food at least while we were in Foster.

Since most places were closed, we head back to our accommodation after dinner and decided to call it a day. We needed the rest before we continue on our road trip journey.