So you have some dirty clothes to wash after your week in the camping area or on the way back from your Fraser Island visit.
Clean Clothes - marvellous!!
There is a coin operated Laundromat in the Whale Watch Tourist Terminal at the Hervey Bay Boat Harbour. Look for the whale outside and Laundromat sign on the façade.
The Laundromat at Hervey Bay Marina
Open: 7 days a week. Closes at 2100 (9pm)
Machine: $4.00 per wash. Takes one dollar coins only.
Drying: 45 minute cycle $4.00. Takes one dollar coins only
Are you interested in Australian History?
Visit Matthew Flinders Lookout just a few kilometers north of the great Sandy Straits Marina at Urangan.
Flinders explored and mapped the Bay in the "Norfolk" in 1799. There is a memorial to Matt who played an important role in putting Australia on the map literally. He was a great naval explorer and map maker and he did much to chart our coast line during a monumental voyage in 1801-3. Not only that, he chose "Australia" as the place name to describe our continent. He didn't just dream that name up. It had been known as "Terra Australis" on maps drawn up to that period.
I’m particularly glad to have visited this Lookout. I was delighted to find a memorial to Matt planted by students from the local high school. They have planted trees – “Flindersia australis” with the common name “Crows Ash”. I was aware of the common name but had not realized that it was named after our hero, Matt.
Co-sited at Flinders Lookout are memorials to allied soldiers who lost their lives in maritime expeditions Jaywick and Rimau (1943 & 1944) against Japanese shipping in Singapore during WWII.
Drive or, better still, walk or cycle along the coastal pathway to visit the Lookout.
photo 1: Lookout
photo 2: "Norfolk" plaque
photo 3: Flindersia australis plaque
photo 4: Flindersia australis tree
photo 5: Jaywick and Rimau Memorial
Vic Hislop's Great White Shark Expo is full of memoribila collected by this self styled shark expert.
His exhibition includes the world's largest known shark jaw on display!
Some people might find Vic's views on hunting sharks a bit controversial.
Humpback whales frequent Hervey Bay from from mid July until early November each year and Hervey Bay Whale Watch run daily tours from 8am to 12 noon and again at 1pm to 5pm.
On the day that I went out, the sea was so rough that even the fishing fleet didn't bother going out. Needless to say there were a few sick landlubbers but I managed to hold my breakfast down.
So I ended up spending a bit of time staying down wind of some sick sailors which was a bit tricky everytime the boat changed direction chasing whales... and it was worth every cent just to see these magnificent mammals!
Fraser Island has self guided tours taking in all aspects of the island. Meals are included and the tours are available overnight or daily. I fed freshwater turtles, swam in pure clear water and encounted massive forests. the commnetary along the tour was great, so much history. There are guided walking tours available which take in incredible landscape.
Whale Watching tours start july to November every year. Meals and commnetary included. These tours are very personal ,you really do get great photos and thewhales are giants and beautiful. Once in a lifetime experience.
The Botanical Gardens have a lovely 'Wedding Chapel' set among the trees. It is not a building, but a lovely paved area, with an Alter, and natural surroundings. The gardens also provide the perfect setting for photographs of your special day.
on the beach, gazing sunsets and sunrise, down by Urangan Pier or Ferry Docks to Frazer Island. enjoy the quiet and natures gift.
but of course Hervey Bay has much more to offer.considering the place as Whale Watch Capital of the World and the Gateway to the magnificent Frazer Island.
Hervey Bay is a very popular holiday destination, with its safe beaches, relaxed lifestyle and ideal climate and wildlife galore.
Krystal Klear is a 40 foot glass-bottom coral viewing boat, that runs half-day tours.
This five hour tour provides coral viewing and reef snorkeling in the safe waters of Hervey Bay. Enjoy feeding the fish, turtle viewing and the occasional dolphin sighting.
Swim in the cool, calm waters of Round Island. A lovely barbecue lunch is included.
Relax while the sun disappears beyond the horizon, or behind the swaying palm trees. A lovely time to be by the beach, or pretty much anywhere else in Hervey Bay.. Ofcoarse, it's always nicer if you share this with someone special..