Hervey Bay & Toogoom

View from the Beach Cafe - Hervey Bay
View from the Beach Cafe – Hervey Bay

This will be a short blog as we were in Hervey Bay for a few days to train some new members of staff.

Hervey Bay is on the Queensland Coast and some of Jenni’s family lives there, we couldn’t come to Hervey Bay without a visit to the family as well. Plus it’s quite beautiful.

Long awaited family catch up
Long awaited family catch up

We were really lucky with the weather, clear blue sky and warm the entire time. It was hard to believe we were freezing our asses of just a few days earlier.

Toogoom Beach

As usual we were working but took an hour or so out of each day to get out of the house and go and explore the surroundings. The first day we went for  a wander along the widest sandy beach at Toogom were we booked our Airbnb. The tide was waaaaay out. Probably nearly a kilometre.

Toogoom
Toogoom

You might not think there was much to see in a kilometre of sand but there was.

Feeding Holes
Feeding Holes

These innocuous holes in the sand are the holes Sting Rays make when feeding. They lie on the bottom and dig down into the mud and sand to get at their dinner.

Mictyris longicarpus (Soldier Crab)
Mictyris longicarpus (Soldier Crab)

We saw a few of these fellas, Mictyris longicarpus or Soldier Crabs.

Soldier Crab Hidey Hole
Soldier Crab Hidey Hole

They dive into their hidey holes in the sand when you get near them. They roam around in their hundreds like little armies on the march.

Soldier Crab Army
Soldier Crab Army
Soldier Crab Army
Soldier Crab Army

Then there were the piles of these all around the place. Not sure what makes them but they are everywhere.

I know what it looks like
I know what it looks like

We even saw some more alien writing

Alien writing
Alien writing

The shoreline was really far away.

Sand flats
Sand flats
Sand flats
Sand flats

That night the sky was very clear. You could see the Milky Way. I had a go taking some pictures. These were taken just in the front garden of the house we were in. I had to shield the light from the street light off the lens with a book to get this.

Milky Way
Milky Way

This one and the banner image at the top were two of the best that came out.

Olympus OMD EM10 Mk ii, 17mm f1.8 lens, 20 seconds exposure at ISO800 in case you were wondering.

Sunset Walk on the Beach

The next night, after another day in the home office, we had a walk along the beach at sunset.

Sunset on Toogoom Beach
Sunset on Toogoom Beach

The light was remarkable

Sunset on Toogoom Beach
Sunset on Toogoom Beach

Peaceful and empty

Sunset on Toogoom Beach
Sunset on Toogoom Beach

The light was almost liquid

Crimson light
Crimson light

We were, in fact, high tailing it back to the house at this stage in case we got stranded in the dark on the sands.

Running home before dark
Running home before dark

We made it back just in time.

Last Day

On our final day we treated ourselves to lunch at Goody’s on the Beach

Goody's on the Beach
Goody’s on the Beach

The view was remarkable

Goody's on the Beach
Goody’s on the Beach

The food was good and the beer and wine excellent

Waiting for my beer
Waiting for my beer

That evening we explored another beach at Point Vernon

Point Vernon
Point Vernon

It had some very interesting rock formations

Sponge Rocks
Sponge Rocks
Rocky beach
Rocky beach

And so it was time to pack the Mazda and drive off again on another leg of our Walligan’s Vagabonding Adventure.

Goodbye Hervey Bay
Goodbye Hervey Bay

Next blog – Brisbane

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