Day 86 Captain Cook
There’s another long journey to Hervey Bay today so we’re on our way by 10 a.m. The sun is beating down already, but I cannot find my sun glasses. We turn back and search the house but they are nowhere to be found. I can’t imagine where I’ve lost them, but it’s not surprising I’m always losing glasses.
Continuing down the Bruce Highway which is mainly inland we head South through the bush. On reaching Miriam Vale we take the B road to Agnes Water, the east coasts most northerly surf beach. This is a bit out of our way but takes us on to the Town of 1770 which looks interesting because of the name alone.
We drive along the foreshore to a cairn which marks the spot where Captain James Cook first landed in Queensland. When was that? You guessed it 1770. The little town is on a buff with short walks and a camp ground right on the beach.
We have lunch at a table under shade by the beach, watching the kayaking, paddle boarding and fishing. There are numerous sand bars in the bar protecting the coast from wind and making for a calm bay. Walking along the beach we have to bend to make our way through the mango trees. Mark shouts for me to ‘hold up’, as someone has just pointed out a massive ant thing on my shoulder. It’s quickly brushed off before I realise what’s happening.
Leaving 1770 we drive through lush sugar cane fields onto Bundaberg. This is a large town famous for its dark rum and fruit-farming backpackers. As time is passing, we don’t stop but continue onto Hervey bay.
Our accommodation is in a block of apartments with a balcony overlooking the sea and with an Indian curry house below – making it Marcus’ favourite place so far!
Day 87 Mary Poppins
Oh no, what’s happened to the weather? We have woken up to strong winds and cloud which is not what we are used to. A walk along the sea front certainly blows the cobwebs away along with my hat. There is a boardwalk along the endless beachfront esplanade through Piabla, Torquay and Scarness, making for a healthy morning walk.
As we walk the sun starts to break through the clouds but the wind does not drop any. Crossing the road, we window shop on our way back to the flat. I buy a new pair of sunglasses, just in case the sun shines brightly again! Mark and Marcus find a barbers and both have a hair cut.
After lunch we drive down to Urangan Marina to book tomorrows trip to Fraser Island. Although, boats are not being allowed out into the bay the ferries are still running to Fraser. We choose a one-day tour and arrange for a pick up at 7.15 a.m.
Driving out of town we make our way towards Maryborough as Marcus has informed us that it is Mary Poppins town. We quickly come across the life-sized statue of Mary Poppins on the corner of Richmond and Wharf Street and park up. This stands outside the house where Pamela Lyndon Travers, creator of Mary Poppins was born. This is now a museum celebrating everything Mary Poppins. There are painted murals on the walls of some of the buildings and the traffic lights show Mary Poppins silhouettes red and green.
Maryborough is one of Queensland’s oldest towns where many 19th century free settlers landed, passing through immigration and customs – both of these buildings are still standing. As we walk around the streets towards the Mary River, we pass beautifully restored colonial-era buildings and Queenslander homes. The history of the place is palpable and brought to life by the informative plaques around the port. Mark has a go on the Matchmaker Machine and of course it informs him he has already made the best match possible!!
It is now very hot and being inland there is no wind we therefore find shade in the park by the river. There are lots of boats on the river and this area is bustling in juxtaposition with the rest of the sleepy town.
Driving back to Hervey Bay we pass ranches and large farmsteads which tell of the agricultural nature of the Fraser coast.