Written by Kate Manley
Hervey Bay is rightly proud of becoming the world’s first certified Whale Heritage site. From July until the end of October, the whale watching season is in full swing creating enormous interest with locals and visitors all enjoying the privilege of ‘up close and personal’ encounters with these magnificent creatures. Having an art gallery in Hervey Bay for almost a decade now, Ashleigh Manley has been drawn (no pun intended) to produce many artworks of these gentle giants, from large originals, through limited edition prints and reproductions prints. He has many more artworks depicting local wildlife, including Fraser Island dingoes, turtles, pelicans and the very bright and noisy rainbow lorikeets. Make time this season to enjoy all that this wondrous part of Queensland has to offer.