Safe At Last!

Trip Start Sep 08, 2011
Trip End Jan 08, 2012

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The Friendly Hostel

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Saturday, December 3, 2011

My first impression of Hervey Bay hadn't been a particularly good one, probably because of the bus journey to get here. Although, I'd noticed amongst the backpackers I’d met a certain lack of enthusiasm by the time they got here, "Yet another beach??? Isn’t there anything else?" seemed to be the most common refrain. Granted, without exception these backpackers had stayed exclusively on the East coast and for the most part had no real intention of visiting other parts of Oz.

My second impression of Hervey Bay was somewhat different. Today was a warm, sunny day and as I had nothing planned (Fraser Island was to be the next day), it seemed like a good day to laze on the beach. The beach was nothing special in comparison to others in Oz, however, it had a major advantage to most beaches I’d visited so far – the water was safe to swim in. That’s right, no sharks, no crocs, no stingers, no nothing! Just calm sea water, not much warmer than the Mediterranean (at the Costa Brava) in the summer, and completely safe to bathe in. Oh, joy!

Needless to say, I spent the entire afternoon there, the only problem it had was that there was no real shade there, which meant that after about 2 minutes in the sun, I had to go back into the water to cool off, or I’d start burning. In fact, it got so hot that I had to leave the beach to seek some shade nearby. This, in itself, was no bad thing, as there were park benches everywhere, providing the opportunity to 'people watch’ to my heart’s content.

Once the sun went down, though, Hervey Bay really did go to sleep. Apparently, Hervey Bay has a population of 75,000, though you wouldn’t know it – where did all the people go? There was nothing to do and nowhere to go. Oh well, there would always be Fraser Island tomorrow.
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