The Esplanade Suburbs
Point Vernon is the northern most suburb. The point is high with cliff faces leading down to the water with lots of great playgrounds and picnic areas.
It does not have any highrise holiday accommodation, but is a popular area for re-development. Many beautiful homes can be found in the areas near the water.
The original Hervey Bay Hospital was built in Pt Vernon. There are several nursing homes and residential care centres.
Pt Vernon is bounded by Gatakers Bay, and faces east. Along the foreshore, there are many parks, and fishing ramps.
There is a turtle rookery near the Gatekers Bay boat ramp. Fishh cleaning and boat launching available. At the Pialba end of Pt Vernon is the purple playground is a must for kids of all ages.
Next door is an area known as The Pines, popular for holding weddings.
To the east of the ramp is an all day off-leash beach for dogs. Turtles can often be seen swimming along the boat ramp, and a rookery is close by.
Also to be seen at the point is a sea eagle nest. Built by Council for the sea eagles that lived in the area.
Pt Vernon looking across to the Scarness Pier
Off leash beach Gatakers to Eli Creek
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Some new unit developments are proposed along the esplanade at Pialba. Along the beachfront from Pt Vernon to Pialba is many basalt rock formations, providing great fishing opportunities.
I remember being dragged into the water in front of what we used to call "The Ghost House" one night, unfortunately I had to let my tackle be taken by the obviously large reef fish that was on the other end!
Pialba is also the CBD of Hervey Bay, and includes the library, University, and many businesses and retail establishments. At the head of Main Street, is the everpopular "Wetside". A free water park loved by all who visit. It is adjacent to the Seafront Oval, home of many exhibitions and fesitvals.
Torquay has developed rapidly over the past 30 years , with many unit developments constructed, and that development continues today.
Development is only permitted on the western side of the Esplanade. There are many popular eateries and coffee shops along the Scarness/Torquay corridor.
Another small jetty allows fishing on high tides. With caravan parks under the trees, and back-packer accommodation adjacent, Torquay is a very popular spot.
Various water sport activites can be found in Torquay. From hiring jet skis, to sailing boats, to bikes for the family. One old familiar place is the tennis court on the beachfront, which is still available for hire.
Another old familiar sight is the farmer selling pineapples, pumpkin and other foods direct from his truck. In the 36 years that I can remember the only thing that has changed is the utility!
Markets are held regularly on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. One shop not to miss is Pirates Cave, for souveniers.