Tourist Drive not so pretty
WHEN tourists are guided into a region, it stands to reason that they would be directed to the most picturesque areas.
That's why Hervey Bay's Gareth Wynn can't understand why the Tourist Drive, which winds its way through Maryborough, Hervey Bay and to the Esplanade, guides tourists to arguably the ugliest area of Hervey Bay's foreshore.
Thick with weeds, with no view of the ocean and a sewerage pumping station – that will be the first view of the foreshore for any tourist who follows the Tourist Drive sign from Beach Road at the corner of Boat Harbour Drive through to the Esplanade at Pialba.
“There is an enormous growth of weeds and a sewerage pumping plant and you reach the end of the trail,” he said.
“You don't even see the water.”
Mr Wynn said finishing the trail in that area did not provide the best promotion for Hervey Bay's foreshore.
“It's quite unattractive,” he said.
“The key point is that this is the first impression of anyone following that trail – weeds and a pumping station.”