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Taking flight to make most of the Fraser Coast

Approaching Hervey Bay Airport for landing during flight lessons with Fraser Coast Microlites.
Approaching Hervey Bay Airport for landing during flight lessons with Fraser Coast Microlites. Roderick Makim

OPINION: In extreme cases, familiarity can certainly breed contempt.

More often, however, it gives birth to another unwanted offspring - boredom.

It doesn't matter where you go, you will always find people who have lived for years in a place who don't take advantage of the attractions their home provides.

There are New Yorkers who've never gone to see the Statue of Liberty; there are Sydney-siders who haven't gone to a play or performance at the Opera House.

The Fraser Coast, meanwhile, is one of the most naturally beautiful places in Queensland, and Queensland is a beautiful state.

Some recent flying lessons in a microlight aircraft have given me a chance to get a new perspective on the sights of the region.

While some family and friends have questioned the logic behind flying around in what is essentially a lawnmower with wings, I can say with confidence there is no better way to view the Fraser Coast than from the seat of a little "trike".

The last few mornings have been a bit on the chilly side, but on a clear day when you can see all the way to Bauple Mountain from the moment you take off, all questions of temperature are forgotten.

I still have a few hours left before I can fly solo, but I don't think there would be a better way to travel.

Even if you don't like flying, there are plenty of ways you can get out and about and appreciate the sights the Fraser Coast offers.

Get in your car, book a tour, borrow a boat, jump in a plane or just take a walk.

It's worth it.

Topics:  flight, hervey bay, opinion, roderick makim



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