Monday, September 24, 2012

Rainbow Beach to Hervey Bay

Rainbow beach - Poona
Easy drive to Poona some roadworks but ok. Poona is a small hamlet, 7km off the main road, on the mouth of the river.  Quiet, just a CP and a coffee shop, that of course, is closed today. Stayed just one night then on to Hervey Bay.

Booked into the Top Tourist CP for a week and rode to Woollies for provisions.  Nice bike paths all along the coast, north and south and back from the beach also.  Lots of bars and restaurants scattered about, a great tourist destination.  Most every chain store and service is available here as well.

The Fraser Coast Top Tourist Park is ideal to stop at.  As well as free Wifi it has a pool and spa and gates that are locked at night.  Its just a block or two to the beach and there is a pub nearby, ideal.  Alan from TCB turns up here after a day or two.  Great someone to ride with!

Prim my neighbour here at the CP is from Malaysia and was telling me Australians are very unhealthy and overweight because of the state funding of health care services.  We expect the government to look after us she tells me.  The funny thing is she is on the big side of obese and I think would just like someone to look after her and feed her as she gets old.

Got the bus into Maryborough, what a disappointment!  Some nice old pubs dating back to 1860s, Town Hall, PO etc but little else of interest.  Not much access or use of the river for tourism, surprising.  Coffee only $2.70, if quality dictates price, I got nothing for free.  No coffee culture here.

Had lunch at the Post Office hotel and then back to Hervey bay.

25th September headed of the Burrum Heads.

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 Mist in the morning
Hervey Bay marina

Monday, September 17, 2012

Tin Can Bay - Paralympics

Booked into the Top Tourist CP in Tin Can Bay.  A little bit away from the centre of town but close to bay and a nice bike path into town and down to a nice restaurant and coffee shop on the water's edge offering free internet.  My site has good TV reception for the watching of those late night wheelchair basketball games from the Paralympics in England.

Rode to the local pub and was reminded of Papua New Guinea and the dropouts and misfits that choose to live there.  Maybe they all transferred from here?

Loving it here.  Quiet.  Good bike paths and light local car traffic.  A good IGA just up the road or a woolies about a 10km bike ride away.  Layback nice clubs, yacht club, golf club and RSL.  Good fishing.  And at this time of the year no bugs but apparently thats different in summer.  Ended up staying three weeks.

Whilst here I met Alan from north of Sydney somewhere just touring about in his caravan.  We rode, fished and had the odd happy hour together.  I also fell in with the park owners, Ian and Chris, because my park was a TT Park as well.

The Gliders take out silver, congratulations girls.

Rode the bus into Gympie for a bit of variation walked around town and then back to the Bay.

Packed up and moved to Rainbow Beach expecting to stay awhile but its a bit like Noosa and not my style.  So will move on after just 2 nights.
 Tin Can Bay Yacht Club 
Rainbow Beach