Australiana Cottage Crafts has more to offer than the craft shop. If you have children, then a walk around the garden to the Chicken house and have a look. You can buy food to feed them!
Next door, were several Guinea fowls feeding and in another cage were Guinea Pigs. In another area are a few Bird Aviaries, worth having a look at, a vegetable garden and a pottery shed with some interesting pieces for sale.
Don't forget to open the door of the Outback Dunny sitting on the side verandah, you might find a "redback" on the toilet seat!
A sign out the front said a "Fairy fun fair" was being held soon, and that was FREE.
403 Torbanlea/Pialba road, Takura, Hervey bay.
I picked up a brochure of this establishment at the Tourist Information centre. It looked and sounded quite interesting, so on one of our afternoons, we took the short drive to the small village of Takura.
We nearly drove straight past as it really wasn't signposted the best! What you need to look for on the left hand side if coming from Hervey Bay direction, is the PINK LETTERBOX COW.
There was plenty of free parking, so we parked the car and walked into the house where we were welcomed by a friendly lady. We had quite a chat, as I like craft work too! The large room was packed full with all different types of arts and crafts, all home-made and good quality. Prices were quite good! If you want something unique to take home, then I suggest coming here.
The shop is open from 10 - 4pm CLOSED ON WEDNESDAY.
Address: 403 Torbanlea/ Pialba road, Takura, Hervey Bay
I have put a visit to Fraser Island under this heading, as not everybody can afford to go to Fraser Island. To get to Fraser Island, to stay there or to do a tour, all is expensive!
Last time, we came on a tour and didn't come to Kingfisher Bay resort. This time, we came in a friends boat, landing on the beach at Kingfisher Bay Resort. The Beach was nearly deserted! It is a good beach, though the best are on the other side of the Island. We walked in through a type of rainforest and had a look at the Resort, which was very nice, and then at what you can do as a day visitor. All the buildings in the resort are eco friendly and blend in very well to the landscape.
The Resort has deals all the time, so it pays to check the website.
We did notice a good deal for the ferry and dinner.
is lying east and parallel to Hervey Bay, the largest Sandisland with 124km and 166 hectares of sand, laced ith fresh water streams and an astonishing and diverse flora and fauna.
the Island is declared World Heritage and under strict protection.
Barges operate daily from Hervey Bay to Moon Point and Kingfisher Resort.
Toogoom, 20 min drive from Pialba, is really on the fringes of Hervey Bay. A friend has this weekender at Toogoom, which he occasionly rents out. Forty years ago fathers went fishing here with their sons here. Nothing much has changed. Toogoom has 1 shop and a bar/restaurant. Its a fantastic spot to wind the clock back and relive the 60's.
You will need a acar a 4wd even better. Its Woodgate a little beach town nestled between Hervey bay and Bundaberg. You can drive down with 4wd and camp on the beach there are kangaroos around and other Aussie marsupials. Look out for the Dugong if you are real lucky when swimming but don't get to close they are protected. Woodgate has pristine beach and national park walkers paradise. Take provisions for camping and a mobile phone check for coverage. Amazing array of beautiful flowers and wildlife. Quiet,laid back and peaceful.
The grounds of Brooklyn House are like a big park. The Mansion is almost hidden by all the trees and shrubs surrounding it. In fact, when you first drive up, the only thing you see is this entrance
Brooklyn House is a lovely old 86 sq historical mansion, located in the village of Howard.
This beautifully restored Queenslander offers guided tours and Devonshire Teas.
Howard is located on the Bruce Highway, 15 minutes north of Maryborough, and aproximately 30 minutes from Hervey Bay.
The tour and tea cost - $6.
Not very many visitors to this city think about spending some time at the botanical gardens.. Which is a real shame, as they really are lovely.
This is possibly due to the fact that the gardens are not in the main part of town, but slightly out of the mainstream area.
Toogoom is a small township a few miles north of Hervey Bay... just take care not to blink, or you may miss it.. lol..
There is a lovely hotel/resturant right on the beach, with an indoor/outdoor eating area.
You can wine and dine, or just enjoy a beer,
and the tranquil setting. And enjoy a beautiful sunset.
I mean the fruit variety.. 'Passionfruit' grows here in abundance.. I have a side fence completely covered in the vine, and the flowers it produces are simply beautiful.
The gardens have many ponds, and with that, you see many types of water fowl, ducks, and other water loving birds.
Some very unusual trees and shrubs can be found here. There are also many walking tracks around the gardens.. with lovely bridges, an abundant birdlife..