We stayed at Torquay Beachfront Tourist Park, with ocean views from our van windows. A lovely park, close to shops but still very quiet.
From our van park, In both direction along the coast, are fabulous bike paths. The area is very flat so our 20 kilometre ride was very easy.
Day trip to K’gari (Fraser Island)
The barge leaves from near Hervey Bay to K’gari. Departing from the mainland, we had to reverse onto the barge; returning from the island you reverse off.
There are patches of bitumen outside shops, but all other roads on K’gari are sand.
First stop ‘Central Station’ . For at least 5,000 years prior to European settlement, this area was a sacred site for the local Butchulla women to give birth. In 1840 white man began logging and the area became a small town for the loggers and their families called Central Station. Today it is used for group camping for school groups etc.
Second stop, Boorangoora (Lake McKenzie), a “perched” lake, which means it is fed only by rainwater so the water is crystal clear. K’Gari has 40 perched lakes, which is more than half of the world’s total number.
Around the island, fenced picnic areas are available to protect people from dingos while eating. Due to tourists feeding dingos in the past, the dingos now become pests when food is around.
Getting bogged is obligatory when visiting K’gari. We were the 9th car that day to get stuck in this area, a rocks bypass and the entrance to Happy Valley. There was a car stopped in front of us as we came around a corner so we lost momentum. Seemed like a hundred people appeared out of the air. Most were very helpful and kind. We were in too deep for the recovery tracks and had to be towed out backwards.
Next stop was Eli Creek which “pours up to four million litres of clear, fresh water into the ocean every hour.”
Plans fly from Hervey Bay to Eli Creek every day.
Heading back to the barge. There is a very long, narrow jetty to drive down – thankfully we didn’t have to reverse onto the barge.
We enjoyed at drink at the jetty café/bar while waiting for the barge back to Hervey Bay.
Swimming with Humpback Whales
Click on the link below to checkout our previous post dedicated to the day we spent swimming with humpback whales.
Cheers til next time,
Helen and Tim