As I mentioned in my post on Wednesday called Heading North for a Quick Australian Summer Holiday Break, I headed north last Sunday for a quick Australian summer holiday break.
Yes, I like it when a title tells it exactly how it is.
What I didn’t tell you though, is exactly where I went. It was roughly a four hour drive, although we extended our journey time to about 5 and a half hours to include a couple of stops. The journey itself though was precisely 317.6 kilometres.
Where did we go?
I also included some photographs in Wednesday’s post, and mentioned that the beaches looked quiet. But what were they like when I got there?
Just to put it into perspective, we are in the middle of summer here and not only that, we are in school summer holiday time as well. Oh, and it’s also worth mentioning that the weather has been stunning, it was probably at least 30°C, maybe more for most of the time I was there.
So, now, how busy were those beaches? Well…
I did find a swimmer though…
But what you can just about see in the background of the above picture is an island, but it’s no ordinary island. It’s Fraser Island, which just happens to be the biggest sand island in the whole wide world.
So we took a trip to Fraser Island to see if the beaches were any busier over there.
No, no swimmers, but that’s because we were on the east side of Fraser Island, way too dangerous to swim in those waters. If you want to swim on Fraser Island, your best bet is to head over to Lake Mackenzie, it really is a slice of paradise.
We had a fantastic time in Hervey Bay and I really liked the place. 16 kilometres of esplanade with houses looking over almost deserted beaches, a stone’s throw from the beauty of Fraser Island and an almost complete lack of commercialism.
Perfect for a mini break and so easy to get to by car from Brisbane. This, for me, is what living in Australia is all about. For 95% (or more) of the population, getting to a stunning beach for a mini break is not that difficult to do. I really should do it more often myself.
Best of all though, sitting on the balcony of my two bedroomed apartment at night time just felt like a fantastic place to chill. I could see the sea during the day, I could hear it at night, and I loved those sea breezes. The accommodation was perfect, yet it was only $130 per night.
Let me remind you again; middle of summer, school holidays, 30°C plus.
Four years ago when we went on our Australian road trip, we must have stayed in more than a dozen different places and I can’t remember finding anywhere for less than $180 a night. I also don’t think we stayed in any accommodation that was as nice as this place.
Seems to me Hervey Bay is quite some find, we will definitely be returning.
I did, of course, take plenty of video footage, and I’ll stick it all together soon, but for now, here’s one somebody else prepared earlier. And if my roundup of Hervey Bay is not enough to convince you of its joys, maybe what you’ll discover in this video will. It just happens to be the place where migrating whales stop by to chill out as well, as you’ll see…