Hervey Bay is a cute little town near the water, south of the Town of 1770 and Bundaberg. The main town is a long strip and the houses continue down to the water from there. The hostel I stayed at was about 10 minutes away from all the shops, only a couple blocks away from the water.Most backpackers on come here to go to Fraser Island before continuing on up or down the coast. Aside from the shops I couldn't find too much else to do or see. Down by the water though, there is a 14km path that runs parallel to it and is very pretty.You can take the path which has little viewpoints over the beach and entrances to a few piers, the Urangan Pier being the biggest at almost 1km long. Or you can cruise along the beach the entire way and take in the sounds and smells of the ocean. The sun was setting as I was returning from one of the runs so I snapped a few shots.
The 12 Apostles are one of Australia's iconic symbols and it was amazing to finally get to see them. I wasn't sure what to expect with the Great Ocean Road and more or less went and drove it because it was one of the major tourist attractions that everyone does. The 12 Apostles are one of the best parts of the Road and there is a nice information center set up at the locationIt would have been nice to see the Apostles on a gorgeous sunny day but it was not to be. For the Apostles my luck held and the sun was out for a bit but it slowly deteriorated to sporadic rain later in the day.There aren't actually 12 Apostles left any more but it's still an impressive site. The action of the waves carves away at the the cliffs constantly creating new headlands and sometimes there is only a tower of harder rock left. The shoreline in the area is constantly changing and in 50 years there will be a completely different scene there. There may be more Apostles by then!Along the coast near the 12 Apostles there are a few other attractions that are quite beautiful. Built by the same processe as the Apostles, Razorback is quite a bit longer than any of them.Lock Ard Gorge was another beautiful attraction just up the path from Razorback. The stairs down into it were a bit small but easy enough to traverse. The views from within the Gorge were definitely a change in perspective from how you see all the other places along the cliff-ridden coast.The Blowhole was near Lock Ard Gorge as well and was neat to see. The waves have made a tunnel all the way through the rock and then collapsed in from the cliffs to create a hole in the ground that is filled with water and waves.Near the end of the path around the area, Sherbrooke Beach went right down to the water and you could walk on the sand and watch the waves. The photo below was taken from Broken Head but afterwards I ventured down to the beach and took some photos only a little ways back from where the waves explode up the rock.London Bridge was a short drive up the road from the rest of the attractions. It wasn't terribly exciting to see. There did used to be a bridge across to the tower from the mainland but it collapsed. No one was injured when it fell but 2 people were stuck out on the tower with no way back to the mainland!