Thursday, April 30, 2015

18th to 30th Hervey bay so nice

     We are enjoying our stay at Hervey Bay so much we only got away yesterday on Wednesday 29th.
     We have been kept busy helping our friend with her business for a while and  fitted time in to look about too.

old House on Torquay road in
Hervey Bay
     Found this old Queenslander which Jim reckons must be one of the first in Hervey Bay, it needs some work and is used as a business now, but the fine touches of workmanship are really good.

Puppie's and Vannessa on
Daymans Pt beach Hervey Bay
 On the 18th we had a look at a potential fishing possie at Daymans Point which is opposite Fraser Island. Jim took this photo of the dogs and me on the beach with Fraser Island in the background and the buildings are on the mainland, a tourist resort I think.

All the right gear
Jim at Daymans Point
Hervey Bay
     Three days later we took the gear back to Daymans point with intention of catching a feed of fish, Flathead was our target. The day was overcast and a nasty wind blowing which made things a little uncomfortable. Jim was so cold in fact, at times, that he had trouble hanging on to the rod, shivering too much!!

Dot + Yip fishing at
Daymans point
     The cold didn't bother the dogs they had a ball splashing around trying to catch small toad fish and whiting, never got any and neither did we. We ended up buying fish and chips for dinner that day.

Time moved on and we eventually made our way north to spend a few days with friends at GinGin, inland a bit from Bundaberg.
    We departed Point Vernon by 9am and made our way to Childers after spending some time at the Fraser Coast Wildlife Park just outside Maryborough, where Jim had some fantastic interaction time with the Dingoes there.
     Arriving in Childers mid afternoon we purchased a late lunch/early dinner of fish and chips and proceeded to Apple Tree Creek,
Band stand rotunda at Apple Tree Creek
Rodeo showground
5km north of Childers.
   This bandstand, a beautiful looking building, was in the rodeo showground.
We spent the night at a free camp on the road side beside a park. The area is pretty popular and parking a premium, a comfy place to park up for the night though.

     The day has dawned with rain!! Yuk, haven't had any for a while, but we can handle it, only light stuff.
     Made our way to Takilberan, about 20km from GinGin to friends intending to spend a few days. Nice to catch up with them. It has been raining lightly all day, hopefully it won't last much longer, we are safe and warm in the bus, so now worries!!
     The month of April is over today, it's been another adventurous month and looking forward to the next. See you then.

Friday, April 17, 2015

1st to 17th Point Vernon Hervey Bay

Storm clouds from Pt. Vernon
       Wednesday 1st

      All is good in Point Vernon, staying at our friends place. Are taking life easy, swimming in the beautiful Hervey Bay ocean, clear warm waters, sight seeing a bit and helping with what needs to be done. Had a bit of a storm this afternoon, made the sea look very ominous as this photo shows, nothing much came of it though.

       Saturday 4th

Fraser Island Barge coming into
River Heads ramp to load

      Drove out to River Heads to where the Fraser island barge departs, taking all the tourist to the island to go camping etc. Pretty expensive to take your car and gear over at $165.00 per standard vehicle and 4 people and lot's extra for your trailer or boat starting at $70.00, depending on the length of it. Then if you want to go as just a passenger it will set you back $50.00.

Hervey Bay from River Heads
The island is famous for it's population of  dingo, reputedly the most pure line of dingo in the country. Unfortunately the dingo has for some years had to compete with the tourist industry to survive and the tourists are on the winning side, leaving the dingo little room to habitat the island naturally and are in danger of not managing to survive at all,  Sadly the authorities seem powerless (or unwilling) to do anything about it. Dot and Yip were with us and many people waiting for the barge enjoyed some interaction  with Yip and took photo's, although Yip was not sure at times she took it all in her stride and Dot just loved the attention.

Urangan Pier, Hervey bay and Vannessa
     We  left the barge and stopped at the Urangan pier to have breakfast. The pier is 868 metres long and used be longer when it was used to export sugar, coal and timber at 1.142 metres until 1980 when it was shortened. Now it is only an attraction for locals and tourists to enjoy.
     While there I took a selfie of me with the pier in the background, not a flattering picture of me. (never mind)

 Friday 17th
We have made no plans to leave Hervey bay as yet, enjoying it too much. Will make a move sometime soon and will post more news then.