A flyboarder at Torquay beach performs during a visit by Channel Seven's Sunrise.
A flyboarder at Torquay beach performs during a visit by Channel Seven's Sunrise. Hervey Bay Stand Up Paddle

Sunrise helps to tell Australia we're back open for business

ABOUT 100 morning television fans headed down to the Torquay beach on Monday to welcome Sunrise star Grant Denyer as he did his weather broadcast near the Aquavue Watersports Cafe.

The popular presenter spent the morning trialling Aquavue's new flyboard thrill ride and said he loved the experience.

"I got to walk on water today and there's not too many days in a human being's life where you get to be Jesus for real," Mr Denyer said.

The Sunrise weather crew will spend the next two days at iconic locations around Fraser Island, including the Maheno Wreck and Pelican Bank. 

"We're here for a couple of reasons, obviously to tell the rest of the country that you're back open for business," Mr Denyer said.

"We've got a day on Pelican Bank just for that iconic tourism snapshot with the white sandy bar and crystal blue water."

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the pictures beamed across Australia would show the nation what a great place Hervey Bay was.

"I think it was a fabulous opportunity to showcase some of the natural beauty we have, such as the beach at Hervey Bay," Cr O'Connell said.

"Also to send a message out to Australia that the Fraser Coast is back and we're open."

Mr Denyer also has his sights set on returning to the Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercar race in October after being ruled out through injury last year.

"I love my motor racing, it's kind of who I am," Mr Denyer said.

"After recovering from a back injury I'm doing a lot more of it and I hope to be at Bathurst for yet another race."



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