Author William McInnes relaxes on the upper veranda at The Beach House Hotel with his new book titled Holidays.
Author William McInnes relaxes on the upper veranda at The Beach House Hotel with his new book titled Holidays. Alistair Brightman

Actor and author William McInnes visits Hervey Bay

FAMOUS actor and author William McInnes has visited the Fraser Coast and says he will be back because it's just too beautiful.

The author of books such as The Birdwatcher and A Man's Got to Have a Hobby, was the special guest at the Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce's Women in Business lunch at the Beach House Hotel in Scarness.

The SeaChange actor said Hervey Bay was one place that he used to visit as a child and he would love to come back again when he was not working.

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At the lunch, he spoke about his job as an author and encouraged people to have holidays.

Mr McInnes said he was lucky that part of his job included travelling.

He loves it so much that he wrote a book about it titled Holidays.

"The book is all about the memories and a memoir of holidays - all the people I've encountered, experiences I've had and the disasters I've had," he said.

Mr McInnes took three months to write the book.

"It wasn't too hard to write this one," he said.

"I wrote notes and kept a diary of my travels.

"It turned out alright and I am happy with it."

While he is proud of his latest work, Mr McInnes said he was most proud of the things he'd done with his wife Sarah Watt who died of cancer in 2011.

"The book I wrote with her - Worse Things Happen at Sea - is one that I am the most proud of and I'm also proud of the films I've worked with her," he said.

On his future plans, the two-time Logie Award winner said he was thinking about writing another book and would probably work on a film.

A Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce spokewoman said the event was a success with more than 60 people attending.

"All profits, including $500 from raffle tickets sold, will go to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation," she said.

"It was a good networking event for women in the business who enjoyed exchanging ideas with each other.

"We intend to have more events next year to raise the profile of women in the chamber."