I’d been told that Hervey Bay is like the waiting room to heaven and didn’t have anything of interest for backpackers unless you wanted to go to Fraser Island. But, after trying and failing to meet up with Bec in several towns, Hervey Bay was our last chance.
Louise and Claire were planning to stop in Bundaberg, but they decided against it when they heard it was a rough-and-tumble kind of town that wasn’t too friendly to tourists. Who knows if this is true or not, but they decided to come along with me to Hervey Bay.
When we got to Hervey Bay, Bec met us at our hostel. Together we went to the Esplanade to have lunch. We ate at a place that sold sandwiches, wraps and sushi. What an odd combination. The Esplanade was small but contained all you needed – cafes, restaurants, night club and retail shops. It was your basic small town, but it was lovely in its simplicity.
After lunch we walked along the waterfront and on the pier. Bec told us about visiting her grandmother here and taking walks along the beach together. It reminded me of my childhood visits to my own grandmother’s house, who lived in Kapahulu just minutes from Kuhio Beach and the zoo. Those are some of my fondest memories of growing up in Hawaii.
Too soon it was time for Bec to go. After a quick stop at the grocery store to pick up food for dinner, Claire, Louise and I said our goodbyes. It was wonderful to catch up with Bec, and we promised to keep in touch. I’m still amazed at how you can meet so many great people while you’re traveling.
|Slide Album: Hervey Bay|