Whilst we were travelling around Australia, we decided to book a hostel in Hervey Bay as our Fraser Island trip was departing from the harbour there the following morning.
Whilst basic, the Aussie Woolshed was another hostel which was full of lovely, friendly people. You did have to pay for air conditioning and fresh towels, but you had full access to their DVD collection which was pretty ideal considering the stormy weather that was constantly looming!
As you can see from the pictures it was beautifully sunny when we arrived, which was the perfect welcome since we’d just spent several hours on the Greyhound Bus.
After doing our Woolworths foodshop, to make to most of the sunshine we decided to explore the public water park, tranquil beaches and pier and beyond.
During our expedition we saw hundred of bats in the trees. I’ll never forget the sound of them!
Not long after the clouds rolled towards us and before we knew it we were pegging it back to the hostel, making it back just in time to seek cover from the most insane storm.
Bear in mind at this point that we were staying in what was essentially a tin shed with windows. I’ve never heard anything like it in my life, and we had on and off powercuts for the rest of the day.
Hours later the storm was still in full force, so we ordered two pizzas, one for lunch and one for dinner, and spent some time with the hostel cat.
Later in the afternoon there was a brief break in the storms, so we took this opportunity to walk to Woolworths (again) to stock up on drinks and snacks for our trip to Fraser Island the following day
Our stay in Hervey Bay was so short that we really didn’t see much of it, especially because of the weather, but having a chilled day and spotting the bats definitely made it a fun stopover.