We have a few days now of no travelling, so I thought I’d do a post on our favourite Queensland towns. So in no particular order, here is 3 of them. Don’t be thinking that we only have 3 favourites though, oh there’s plenty more than 3. But they are for another post 🙂
Population – >63,000
Known for – massive retiree population
Hervey Bay is a bustling little town just north of Maryborough, on the Queensland coast. This town seems to really get the good weather, with temperatures mostly in the 20’s during summer, and really not much less than that in the winter. I have read in multiple places that the rainfall is lower than most other holiday-type towns, which would account for its popularity with the retirees maybe.
It is a very beautiful stretch of the coast line, and is famed for the whale watching each year. Personally, I do NOT like being on the water, so whale watching for me is through binoculars…
Hervey Bay does have a lot of water-related things to do, such as the gorgeous beaches and attractions like Reefworld Aquarium. Fishing charters are popular, and the town does a great job of showing off it’s history. If you are in the area, at the very least get yourself down to the beach and have a wander. One of the things we were most impressed with is the wheelchair-accessible walkway winding along between the road and the beach.
Population – >10,500
Known for – the Big Mango
Another sweet little town on the coast, Bowen is easily missed if you are just following along the Bruce Highway. As you enter from the south, a huge Mango sits on the side of the road, which was famously “stolen” a couple of years ago. It was found very close by, and that set off a theory that it was staged… Perhaps to bring more attention to Bowen. Ultimately it would seem a local restaurant and a mango flavoured addition to their menu, was responsible…
The Don River runs to the ocean just north of the township, and the Bruce crosses it on the northern side too. We have been over this river so many times, and yet only twice have we seen water in it. When it’s dry you can look down from the bridge and see plenty of wheel tracks winding up and down the dry bed, both 4 wheels and 2 wheels, so I’d say it’s a regular spot for the locals to play.
Flagstaff hill is a great spot for lunch, with a very groovy viewing deck that gives you a full 360 degree view right over Bowen as well as out over the Whitsunday islands. It’s only a short drive from town, and from the hill it’s only a short drive to some of the sweetest little coves I’ve ever been to. Rose Bay is a delightful little spot, tight parking, but good ice creams!
Population – >3,000
Known for – The Stockmans Hall of Fame
Deep in the heart of Queensland, along the Capricorn Hwy, is a small outback town with a strong history. The very interesting Qantas museum is located here, right next to the airport. (funny, that.) We stayed in Longreach for a couple of nights, and the stars you can see at night make the hot days worth sticking around for.
Longreach is suffering right now (2016) from months and months of drought. A lot of businesses have shut their doors and a lot of families are having to make some very heart-breaking decisions. If you are coming through this area, stop here and stock up on your supplies. Spend some money and a bit of time here, these people really need our support.