Don’t go to Hervey Bay

Don’t go to Hervey Bay if you want a decent meal of fish and chips. After our fiasco with the Vietnamese cat fish Vicki asked the caravan park manager if she could recommend a good fish and chip shop. The only one she could recommend was the one we had already been to! She suggested we try the Hervey Bay Hotel as that was only 50 metres from the park and offered two meals for the price of one on Tuesdays, so off we went. Fish and chips was on the menu, but you guessed it, Vietnamese cat fish again. It is pathetic and a little sad that in a seaside town like Hervey Bay all you can seem to get for fish and chips is Vietnamese cat fish (Basa).

The Pialba caravan park has served its purpose in being close to a Nissan dealer so that we could have the car looked at. However it, or more correctly the people in it are very unlike the people we have met up with in outback caravan parks. We have met some great people and made some really good friends at outback caravan parks but it is very different here. Here everyone seems to keep to themselves, some even avoid eye contact. There is not the sense of camaraderie that you get with fellow travellers. In an outback park there is usually a mixture of number plates with people from almost every state. Here there are only Queensland plates. Consider the following statements that we heard people make:

“We’ve been coming here for forty years”,  “We just came up from Brisbane but we like to travel, we went to Wollongong once”,  “We’ll stay here for five or six weeks and then go home.”

If they are happy beaut, but it is not our style of travelling and I didn’t seem to have much in common with the people there. Even the cars in the park are different. In the outback dirty diesel 4×4 with snorkels and bullbars predominate. In this park it is polished 2×4 and 4×4 petrol engines with not a snorkel or bullbar in sight. Mind you there was an ice cream van that came around most afternoons!!

There are some great camping areas close to Brisbane and we are heading to one now.

M.V. Sarawak campground, Inskip Point – Wednesday 16 November 2011

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2 Responses to Don’t go to Hervey Bay

  1. Christopher says:

    Love your blog, we have enjoyed it very much.

    Seth not all owners of highly polished 4×4’s are ………..

    It is so disappointing to hear about your fish and chips experiences. I remember as a little boy having fresh local fish for dinner most nights when on hols in Hervey Bay amazing how things change.

    Safe travels see you both soon.

    Lots of love,

    Christopher, Robyn & Edward x

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