On our way to Hervey Bay we again stopped off at one of Australia’s best bakery’s (in our unbiased opinion of course). In the small village of Goomeri you will find a bakery with incredibly nice pies, a good selection of nice bread and oh wow, what a selection of yummy sweet treats. We invariably have a pie and then buy some bread and a treat to take-away.
We have previously enjoyed spending time in Hervey Bay and decided to go back for a couple of weeks. The accommodation we had stayed in previously was not available for the full time we wanted. No problem, it gave us an opportunity to try somewhere new and we found an apartment on the beachfront road in Urangan (one of the beachside suburbs). It was really handy with direct access to the 20km esplanade and less than 100m from the Parkrun start. For our Parkrun on our 1st weekend it was literally stumble out of bed to go run. With sunny skies and a bigger field it was good to have people to chase and push ourselves. The Hervey Bay course is nice running on the Esplanade along the beach. BUT….the best part of the run is the bacon and egg rolls we get to have afterwards. They are our favourite and it is probably due to lots of bacon and some really nice cheese on the roll….Yummy.
After a few days we were able to move to the AirBnb accommodation we found on our last trip. On the way having a few hours to kill we detoured to Childers for lunch. Childers is where we usually have a healthy lunch of coffee and cake.
The new accommodation was in Dundowran Beach which is a beach side suburb about 7km out of the main part of Hervey Bay. The accommodation is a substantial one bedroom apartment. With big blocks of land in Dundowran it is possible to have a large main house and a separate smaller house. Being steps away from the beach is nice – except when the wind blows from the sea. Dundowran has a long beach and we can easily do a 10km run. The beach has a gradual slope and is very tidal. At high tide there is very little beach to walk or run on. Then at low tide we have walked 1km ‘into the sea’ and still not reached the water.
During our 1st week we had reasonable weather and then the 2nd week was mostly windy and rainy. We had a few small breaks in the weather but mostly it was time best spent indoors. On one of the days we had a walk around the botanic gardens. Mostly it is small with a small variety of mostly Australian bushland. The highlight is their orchard house which has a large collection of beautiful orchards. It was amazing to see how small some of them are. In my mind, orchards are large flowers.
One of the weeks was Walter’s 100th Parkrun.. We went to Maryborough for it. It was a good morning out meeting some new people. Afterwards we went to retro café done in a 60’s diner style (complete with Elvis and the big American Cadillac).