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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Hervey Bay July 16th 2014

We woke early, 6.30am, to make sure we had enough time to have breakfast and pack everything up as we’d told the Council lady we would. We don’t want to risk getting a fine! The drive to Hervey Bay was quite quick, despite being during peak period and we got to the Marina half an hour early. We were asked to wait while they set the boat up and Andrew, one of the staff, gave some kids the left over bread from yesterday to feed the fish at the back of the boat. They had a lovely time and lots of small fish appeared from nowhere and quickly snapped up all the pieces. This kept us all entertained until we were given permission to board. The vessel was a catamaran named “Whalesong” which could hold about ... read more
The "Whalesong" Catamaran
A Tail Flick
An Offshore Bottle-nosed Dolphin

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Hervey Bay July 15th 2014

I was up early today and made porridge for breakfast and some sandwiches for lunch. We then drove to Hervey Bay and went into the Information Centre, where we were shown some scenic drives to take and told about a long pier that was interesting. While we were looking around, I heard someone booking a whale watching cruise with “Whalesong Cruises”. The clerk said that the cruises were on (despite what we’d been told at Noosa) and there were 10 pods in the bay so operators were giving guarantees of sightings, or you get another free trip. The cruise was for 5 ½ hours and included morning tea and a lunch buffet and cost $95 for Seniors. Although we’d seen two whales on the last cruise at Noosa, I still didn’t feel that I’d been up ... read more
Urangan Pier, Hervey Bay
The view from part way along Urangan Pier, Hervey Bay.
Crested Terns on Urangan Pier

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Hervey Bay December 28th 2013

This is my first blog, testing it before I leave home and sending to my other email adress... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Hervey Bay » Fraser Island December 15th 2013

Was waren wir inspiriert von Crocodile Dundee, Australien Open, Steve Irwin und vorallem den Erzählungen all derer, die vor uns schon in Down Under waren. Am 15.12. war es endlich soweit und wir durften die lange Reise antreten. Basel - Paris - Shanghai - Sydney - Brisbane. Nach langen aber angenehmen 37 Stunden sind wir am 17.12. in Brisbane angekommen und haben uns mit unseren Freunden, der Latzer Family, getroffen. Am nächsten Tag kam noch Dani Egli dazu und gemeinsam machten wir uns mit unseren Mobilehomes auf, die Ostküste zu erkunden. Der erste Halt führte uns nach Pialba bei Hervey Bay, von wo aus wir Fraser Island erkunden wollten. Dazu haben wir einen eignen 4WD Offroader gemietet, um die grösste Sandinsel der Welt mal so richtig umzupflügen. Da es tagelang nicht mehr geregnet hatte, war die ... read more
Welcome to Fraser
My beloved ones
Out of the Mahona Wreck

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Hervey Bay November 8th 2013

Being just 30 minutes off shore seems enough to keep Great Keppel Island off the tourist track. There were just a couple of dozen people on the ferry. As the boat pulled in to Fisherman's beach we were met by a battered 4x4 - it's there to take our bags not us! We walked with Jo up the beach to find our room, a permanent tent, set on a wooden base and under a wooden roof. The island is very unspoilt. All around are trees and the sound of bird song. Rainbow lorikeets join us at every meal and Jo explained how to keep our food secure from the possums who watch from the trees in the evenIng and then run around on the tent roof in the night. At breakfast a knee high bush plover ... read more
Great Keppel tent
Gill aka Beach bum
Rainbow lorikeets

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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Hervey Bay » Fraser Island July 15th 2013

Thank god our numerous per-trip lists are slowly but surely reducing. There are still a couple of issues (phone & pool filter) which are causing more grief than necessary ;) we've still got "a cupala days" to sort them though. Not only will we be celebrating the Blues after their win on Wednesday but also Pete's big six oh birthday - double celebration with Jen, Pete, Aby, Dan & Leny :D Thursday is dedicated to packing (love leaving that until the last minute) then fish & chip dinner at the Nursing Home with Os....then up, up and away Friday lunchtime to Sydney for an overnight stay at Rydges @ the airport - meet Lyn & Brian Saturday morning to check in, have breckie then a 10am departure to Johannesburg........ Only 5 sleeps......excited much... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Hervey Bay » Fraser Island July 11th 2013

I thought I'd share our excitement...only 9 sleeps before we leave Sydney to start our African Adventure with our friends, Lyn & Brian for the whole trip and their friends, Eileen & Ian for the safari. We leave Hervey Bay on 19th and Sydney at 10am on 20th. A 14 hour flight to Johannesburg, a little wait for our next plane to Cape Town and our apartment for 4 nights.... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Hervey Bay July 11th 2013

The next top on our trip was Hervey Bay, so we left Noosa on the 6thof July and had a drive of around two and a half hours to get there. Although we got to Hervey Bay Flashpackers (the sister hostel to the one in Noosa where we had just been!) by around 12pm, which was much earlier than the check in time of 2pm, we were actually able to check in straight away as it was fairly quiet and our room was ready. We dropped off our bags in our room, which was similar to the last one, then went to have a look around the local area and grab some lunch. We had a walk down to the esplanade just down the road, which runs the whole length of Hervey Bay, with a few ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Hervey Bay » Fraser Island July 3rd 2013

Only 17 sleeps and we're getting very excited.... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Hervey Bay May 30th 2013

28/2 We woke up just before 8, so that we could ring the Greyhound office and find out if our bus was running, keeping everything crossed. We were given the good news that it was running- phew! We then had to go to the local post office to try and retrieve a birthday parcel from the Woottons that the lazy postman couldn't be bothered to deliver to our hotel. Unfortunately it couldn't be found at the post office, and I was told it was returned to sender, so we had to leave that, and head back to our hotel to check out and get a taxi to the bus station. Luckily the taxi came quickly, and we headed off to Greyhound, with enough time to use the toilet and get a drink and snack before we ... read more
Lake Makenzie
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