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Finishing off my Stay in Hervey Bay
Sunday 6th to Monday 7th March 2011 – Hervey Bay, Australia
Having just spent an unforgettable time with some really awesome people on a Cool Dingos Tour of Fraser Island, I felt both exhilarated and deflated today. I loved the newly-acquired memories buzzing around my mind, yet I missed my friends and the fun of the tour. I had high moments and equally low moments throughout the day, but I had nothing I had to do, and nowhere I needed to be. I could just be alone with my thoughts.
I have been cursed with an overactive mind, and am a classic thinker. I sometimes think I must resemble a zombie whilst I walk about the town, not really aware of my surroundings, yet deep in thought. I was living the past few days in my mind, but was very much in the present in reality. I had to snap out of this frame of mind and enjoy the remaining time in Hervey bay, so that’s exactly what I set out to do.
The morning was spent wandering about the town and sitting by the beach. I had a lovely pie to eat as I watched a few tourists by the sea, acting like tourists do. I half wanted to go onto the beach myself and sit in the warm sea again, but it felt far too warm to be in the sea today, and I was still weary of the menaces that sit in waiting out in the ocean. I didn’t want to be shark food.
The afternoon was spent mostly using the hostel Wi-Fi and watching a couple of movies in the room. Cloverfield and Bucket List were the two movies, both entertaining in their own way.
The following day was much the same, and I spent a lot of Monday sorting things out, mainly my Australian tax number and sending postcards etc. I had a nice coffee and cake whilst watching the world go by, and walked around areas of the town I had yet to see. Hervey Bay doesn’t really have a lot to offer, and is really just a gateway to Fraser Island, but it is nice enough to while away the time.
Back at the hostel I sat in the lovely gardens for a time, and watched another movie; this time The Green Mile, one of my favourite films.
I have noticed two things in Hervey Bay. One is that there are many Cane Toads about, some very sizeable. I know that these are a menace and are killing all the wildlife, so I try to step on some of the smaller ones when I can. The locals do it and I want to try and fit in where I can.
The second thing I have noticed is that when it is dark, whilst walking along the streets, if a street light is not already lit up, when you walk past the light comes on. I don’t know if it is just a coincidence or not, but it has happened far too many times already. As soon as I walk past the street light, it switches on. Maybe I have some kind of power nested in me. I think I might try and work on this. Maybe I will be able to shoot light from my fingertips before I return to the UK, who knows!
Having seen all I needed to see in this town, and having completed what I came here to complete, my time here was up, and I was happy to be moving on tomorrow. I was able to get an early night ready for my onward journey the next day. I will take away many fond memories of this place for sure.
Written by Daniel Stevens,
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