Relish 2016

Relish Food and Wine Festival is on again this year at Portside Maryborough on June 4.


All the action starts at 10am in and around the Portside precinct and, as in past years, there will be plenty to see and do … and plenty of fine food and wine to enjoy.

Throughout the day there will be cooking demonstrations, wine masterclasses and cheese making demonstrations along with live music, kids’ entertainment and a river cruise.

The headline chef will be Matt Golinski who will be conducting a number of cooking demonstrations throughout the day.

Other chefs who will appear at Relish 2016 are Dan and Steph Mulheron from Eat Café in Hervey Bay. Michael Cox from Muddy Waters Café in Maryborough, Nick Street-Brown and Hajime Horiguchi from Coast Bar and restaurant, Rocco Turina from Villa Cavour and Saul Collins from The Vinyard.

Bubbles on the Boat is one session you shouldn’t miss. Tickets are $35 per person and that will take you on a Mary River cruise that includes local sparkling wines and a cheese platter.

If you have ever wondered if you’re matching the right wine and beer with the food your serving then come along to the wine and beer matching sessions that feature some fine local wines from Vintner’s Secret, Yenda craft beer and canapes from Muddy Waters Café.

The cost of the wine and beer matching sessions is also $35 per person.

All the festivities will draw to a close at 5pm

Tickets for Relish can be purchased online ($15 per person) or at the gate ($20 per person) and tickets for the sessions are also available online at

And if you can’t make it to Relish 2016 but would still like to enjoy some great seafood then check out Seafront Fish and Chips, it’s the best fish and chips in Hervey Bay.

Hervey Bay Rodders Show and Shine 2016


The threat of rain didn’t keep an eager crowd of car enthusiasts away from the Hervey Bay Rodders Show and Shine display on Sunday.

Gates opened at 9am at the Pialba State School and by 9.30 there was no parking available for blocks around the school grounds.

By 10.30 there were hundreds of hot rods … and more modern vehicles … on display and more were still coming in the gate. And by that stage people were lining up to enter the school grounds.

Vehicles on display ranged from a very early vintage Ford right through to a late model Ford Falcon. In between those two extremes there was everything to an early Fiat Bambino to a Chevrolet people mover that would have been right at home on the set of Happy Days

Some of these beautifully maintained vehicles come from Hervey Bay but any come in at this time each year from other parts of Queensland and from interstate too.

One local car that really caught our eye was this fully imported Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. It arrived in the country in poor condition but just look at it now.


You can see more of this vehicle, and some of the others that were on display, in the gallery below.

Rising Power Bills in Hervey Bay

rising power bills in hervey bay

rising power bills in hervey bayIf you were hoping that your quarterly power bill would go down now that the carbon tax has been removed from it you could rather disappointed when your next bill arrives.

A customer service representatitve from Ergon told us last week that consumers in Hervey Bay should not expect to see our power bill decrease … in fact we should expect to see it increase.

It seems that Ergon have removed the carbon tax but, at the same time, they have increased their service fees to more than what the carbon tax was worth.

And the electricity companies wonder why so many home owners are moving to solar power.

High and Dry

The combination of strong northerly winds and New Moon high tides has not been kind to the beaches, businesses or others along the Hervey Bay foreshore over the last few days.

While some of the spots have seen beach erosion become even worse other spots such as the Pialba area have seen even more sand dumped by the incoming tides.

Late last week the Council had an excavator working at the mouth of Tooan Tooan Creek clearing sand to allow the creek to be flushed at high tide but most of the sand is now back and down at Shelley Beach the tide and winds brought in something quite different.

This catamaran had been anchored off the beach for some weeks but the combination of tide and strong wind was too much for the anchor and when the sun came up on Monday morning there was the vessel was high and dry on the rocks.

high and dry in Hervey Bay

While the vessel had obviously sustained some damage it had been removed by Monday afternoon.

Sunshine Acres Fire

There’s no doubt that Saturday was the perfect day for a bushfire in the Wide Bay and by now you will have heard of the size of the fire at Sunshine Acres. It certainly looked spectacular from Ghost Hill in Hervey Bay and flames were visible at times.

Sunshine Acres bushfire near Hervey Bay

However this wasn’t the only fire burning between Hervey Bay and Childers. In this next photo you can see the start of a fire that broke out to the east of Howard and if you were travelling back from Childers you would have seen smoke from a third fire that was burning on the western side of the Bruce Highway.

Another bushfire north of Hervey Bay

While the fire east of Howard doesn’t look all that significant in this photo it did seem to grow in size a little later in the day.

Two Hervey Bay Hotels

Seeing major work being carried out on two Hervey Bay hotels at the same time is perhaps a little unusual but that’s what’s happening right now.

Work commenced earlier this year on the Beach House Hotel in Scarness and for a while part of the hotel remained open. However it was always the owner’s intention to demolish the entire building and start building something bigger and better from the ground up.

This is the current view from The Esplanade … there’s not much there

Hervey Bay hotels

From the rear though it’s a different story. This framework was going up two weeks ago and now a large wall is appearing that wraps around this corner.

Hervey Bay hotels

Work on the Beach House will continue for the rest of this year and some of 2014 as well.

Meanwhile down in Torquay the Torquay Hotel is also undergoing some renovations and a new section is currently being built on the rear of the building.

Hotels in Hervey Bay

While all this work is undoubtedly a nuisance … a number of parking spaces have gone from Queen Street while the rebuilding of the Beach House continues … it’s definitely a positive sign that suggests that the economic health of the town is improving.

Illumination Parade Hervey Bay

hervey-bay-clearwayThe Illumination Parade is on again this Saturday from 4pm hence the very rare sign seen in the photo.

There will be music, market stalls and fun activities for the kids in Scarness Park from 4pm and the Illumination Parade will commence at 6.15 Taylor Street and follow the Esplanade down to Scarness Park.

The final event of the evening will be a fireworks display at 7.45.

It’s a great time for the whole family and best of all … it’s free!