After some wonderful days on Fraser Island we found ourselves all too quickly back on the ferry to Hervey Bay, and after a fifteen minute drive from the River Heads jetty, we checked into the Ramada Hervey Bay.
Here we stayed in a beautifully modern suite, with garden terrace, which had direct access to an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi. And the laundry facilities, which are like gold dust when you're travelling for a long time, made it complete.
The Ramada is an extremely comfortable and contemporary resort for those looking to take advantage of what the mainland has to offer. Situated opposite the beach and within a short walk to other shops, bars and cafes the Ramada is well worth checking out.
I wished I had planned more time in this region to explore fully. It really is a treasure, and one that I think is a hidden secret that locals have kept to themselves. I’ve just blown their cover.
A visit to Australia isn’t complete until you’ve experienced the Fraser Coast – the whole area, not just the island!
On our last night in the region, we dined at arguably the area’s No 1 restaurant, 'Coast'. A modern indoor and outdoor eatery, Coast, is a sharing tapas style restaurant, with a twist. Unlike the traditional Spanish tapas, Coast offers huge plates of food designed for sharing at a very reasonable price, and the vegetarian options were remarkable. By far the best meal I’ve had in Australia so far, I left feeling extremely full, but the food was that good I didn’t really care about the guaranteed pounds I had put on.
The next day we were off again, this time our sights were set on the Gold Coast. We made the four hour train journey onboard the Queensland Rail Network which took us straight into Brisbane Roma Street.
The journey was extremely comfortable and again we travelled by business class. TV screens provided ample entertainment for those looking to while the journey away, but for me, I loved nothing more than staring out the window and soaking in the forever-changing landscapes of Australia.
Until next time…