Although not in our original plan, we were inspired to visit Hervey Bay to do some whale watching and break the journey on our way to 1770.
The first fabulous thing about it was the weather – wind was low and sun was high. The second fabulous thing about it was that they had space available in a caravan park ON the beachfront. The third fabulous thing about it was that we knew there was a cycling path along a rail trail somewhere near the centre of town.
We were not disappointed.
Each time we set up, we try to arrive early enough to get a quick look at where we are before night sets in – so we were stoked to discover an 18km bike path along the beachfront at Hervey Bay – and we promptly rode (part way) along before the sun went down.
The next morning we worked out the we could connect the beachfront cycling to the rail trail and although it didn’t have the same fitness challenges of Bobbin Head – the 12k loop gave us all a great chance to see the town. We discovered that Hervey Bay has the highest number of lovely old piers per capita and at sunset the residents fish off them. In a nod to the Sunday morning riders, we even managed to find a good coffee.
Looks idyllic doesn’t it?? Well the whales didn’t think so! It is right near the beginning of the breeding season and the boat operators could only find one whale in the vicinity all week! We were advised not to waste our money on a trip out to see them this week. Dang!
Then it rained for 24 hours straight. Towels don’t get so dry and kids get cabin fever in a camper (so do adults it appears!) In a strategic bid to survive past 2 weeks in a van – we all caught up on some popular culture – axo1000 & Kate at HP7.2 and BloggiE & Spike at Kung Fu Panda 2 (she loved it so much the first time!) Packed up in the pouring rain and headed off to 1770 (the town that is!).