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 – Salmon Rocks, Genoa Falls, Green Cape Lighthouse, Broadwater Oysters, Tilba (3 Oct 2019)

Salmon Rocks

Packed up and it’s time to say goodbye to Orbost. We headed towards Salmon Rocks. As I love beaches, Dear had planned to visit this for me to admire the sea. And no, I did not google search this place. In fact, in case I did not mention at the start of journaling our Australia trip, Dear is always the one who plans our trip itinerary.

The place was empty and it felt like we’ve booked the entire beach. Took our time to walk and explore the place. I tried looking for seashells, but there was none here.

Genoa Falls

Head over to Genoa Falls after exploring Salmon Rocks. We missed the turn towards Genoa Falls. I had to do a U-turn ahead and head back on track. If I am not wrong, there’s a season for waterfalls. Apparently, when we visited, it’s only a gentle stream of water.

We went over towards the stream and felt the cooling natural water. We explored the place and saw a monitor lizard lazing on the rock. And I happened to spot an eagle from afar. Loving nature so far. Something we don’t get to enjoy much back home.

Green Cape Lighthouse

You need a car to get to Green Cape Lighthouse. It’s not a very accessible place and it’s very out of the place. The route towards the lighthouse ain’t smooth. It’s more like terrain and our little hatchback was a little difficult to control on the uneven route. We had to drive with care considering there’s no proper road and no lanes at all. There were a few close shaves with cars coming from the opposite direction from around a bend.

As it was a dirt route, our entire car was covered with dust and sand upon reaching the parking area for the lighthouse. We had to walk a little further towards the lighthouse. And it was worth the long drive!

I’ve always wanted to see a lighthouse and finally, I am there. The wind was strong that day and we were shivering. The view was mesmerizing and we could literally sit there the entire day just to admire the scenery before us.

The public toilet here is very different. When you look down the toilet, you could see where your “business” will be going. And I saw a rat way down below. Such toilet, ain’t for the faint-hearted.

Broadwater Oysters

Because when we Google search for road trip itinerary, we came across a few who said it’s a must to try out oysters. There were a few recommended ones and Dear decided to go to Broadwater Oysters.

The place looks like a mini-lake to me. The first sight that greeted me was a dog lazing by the grass next to Broadwater Oysters. Entered the small shop and ordered a plate of small oysters. We were told to take a seat while our oysters were being prepared.

In the meantime, we tried getting the dog’s attention but to no avail. Our plate of fresh oysters is finally here. We tried them with and without the lemon. Gosh… It’s the freshest and sweetest oysters we’ve ever tasted! Never regretted making a trip to taste these fresh oysters.

Tilba

We arrived at Tilba, a town stuck in the olden time. Unsure where to park the car, we alighted to look for our Bed & Breakfast host to enquire. I was told it’s OK to park the car right outside their place. We did a tour of our accommodation, rest a little before we head out for dinner.

Tilba is a small town in which you can finish touring within a day. It’s so small that everyone knows each other. And they’re all so friendly. Loving how their dogs are so well trained too where they walked off-leash.

Had dinner at Dromedary Hotel. Was told that’s the only place we probably could find dinner around the area. As most shops are closed or closing, we decided to tour Tilba the next day before we continue on our road trip journey.

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.