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ISSUE 17 | SEPTEMBER 2011 19

Peaceful journey A

After being named the Independent’s very own Hawkesbury Hero, Kurrajong resident Matthew Peace was treated to the trip of a lifetime at the serene Hervey Bay. Matt went along with his mother to experience a week of well-deserved relaxation and he documented all of the exciting events.

fter we arrived at Hervey Bay we boarded a shuttle bus then went off to the luxury

accommodation, at Quarterdecks Harbour Retreat. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I thought,

WOW it was truly an amazing place! Saturday was the start of the busy

week ahead with whale watching on the Tasman Venture. While we were in Platypus Bay, the

captain spotted a pod of whales and dolphins on either side of the vessel. Te passengers were moving from side to side of the catamaran to get the best views.

Tere were in total nine whales and

a combination of dolphins that were spotted in the blue waters of Hervey bay. Sunday was the Annual Seafood

Festival at Hervey Bay. Tere was a lot of activity and markets in the park with crabs, oysters, prawns, lobsters and scallops for all to eat. Monday was another busy day with

an adventure to Fraser Island. Fraser Island is an amazing place-the largest sand island in the world. Our first stop was Lake Birrabeen. It

was like being in the snowfields because the sand was white as snow and the

by Matt Peace

water was crystal clear and cold. While traveling along, a dingo was

spotted sitting on the beach enjoying all the passers-by. Te dingo began to chase the tyres of the luxury 4WD coach while it was in motion. We then went to the historic Maheno

Wreck. Te Maheno ship was built in Scotland in 1905 and sailed between Sydney and Auckland. It sank as it was being towed for demolition in later years. Next, we made a move to the

coloured sands, Te Pinnacles. Te coloured sands on Fraser Island

occur north of Eli Creek and comprise of 72 different colours, mostly reds and yellows. After lunch we went to an amazing

rainforest with palm trees and tree ferns. We went for a walk through the cool dappled light of the rain forest, which grows on sand dunes. On the Wednesday, it was a day for

more sightseeing and relaxation after a couple of busy days at Boat Harbour. On the Tursday, it was another

day of fun and relaxation in the warm sunshine, reflecting on what a great holiday and experience it was to be at Hervey Bay. We returned home from Hervey

Bay by car and rail. Around the hilly countryside of Ballina, we drove through a rainbow. I have seen lots of rainbows in the sky but never driven through one. Te colours were amazing. What a wonderful way to complete my fabulous holiday. I had the time of my life. Magic happens!

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