Jenni and I left Caloundra for a week in Hervey Bay. Jenni has family there and we hadn’t seen them for over a year. We were looking forward to catching up but, we also had a pile of work to get through. We booked the Mantra hotel, a lovely room overlooking the Marina. It had a good working environment for Jenni and I, was a great price and had superb facilities. No free wifi but a great view.
Everywhere you go in Hervey Bay you see advertisements for whale watching tours. We were there in peak whale watching season and there we saw about 10 trips go out and come back from the Marina every day.
If you’ve read our previous blogs you’ll know we love a good pier and there was a decent one about 2 kilometres from us in the hotel at Urangan, a suburb of Hervey Bay.
We try and take a break each day and go for a walk for some fresh air and exercise. Most days we walked from the hotel to the end of the pier and back. It’s only about 6 kilometres round trip but there was something new to see each day. Here are a few scenes we captured.
Lemon and Denzel
Stand up paddle boarding
As well as whale watching in the right season Hervey Bay also boasts a variety of water based sporting activities. Jenni and I decided to try our hand at stand up paddle boarding.
Jenni took to it right away. Didn’t fall in once.
Even though the conditions were perfect for a beginner, not a breath of wind and perfectly calm seas I manged to fall off the board. I resorted to “kneeling down paddle boarding” or even “sitting down paddle boarding” like you can see from this picture.
Eventually it was time for us to leave Hervey Bay.
So we waved goodbye to the marina and all the tourists and their whaling adventures. Stopped by Kemp and Tonya’s house to say good bye to Lemon and Denzel and their new little French Bulldog Tina. One of their many aquarium fish sang us a song before we left. It was very good.
We were going back to Brisbane for a week or so. On our way there we stopped for a couple of nights in Mooloolaba where we saw some professional stand up paddle boarders show me how it’s down.
These paddle boards had fins underneath and when they caught the waves just right it lifted the board out of the water. I’ll need a bit more practice before I give than a go I think.
Mooloolaba was just a short stop for some work related activities. It is a beautiful part of the world, we’ll be back up around November for our team meeting, will be fun. Next stop Brisbane.