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 – 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.