Points of Interest Category: Town Centre & Info
Longitude: 152.893732 Latitude: -25.293242
Metres above Sea Level: 9.3 m
Area: 13.6 km² Perimeter: 17.4 km
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The shoreline of Urangan in Queensland encompasses some 7.5 km of coastline – ranging from the sandy beaches of cosmopolitan Urangan, to the quiet, Mangrove lined shores of the Great Sandy Strait, truly offering a diverse experience for all.
Urangan forms part of the City of ‘Hervey Bay’ (proclaimed on the 18th February 1984) – what was once a group of seaside villages lining the shores of Hervey Bay – it has now grown to a large metropolis, where it is tricky to find the delineation between the townships . . .
The Great Sandy Strait boasts a large population of Dugongs who graze on the seagrass meadows. Views of the World Heritage Listed Fraser Island and Woody Island will not disappoint.
The entire shoreline features parks, gardens, facilities, bike riding & walking trails, beaches, the infamous Urangan Pier precinct, shopping, dining, the marina, views – to name a few . . .
The warm, tropical waters of Hervey Bay are host to numerous water pursuits, whilst the famous whale watching and Fraser Island tours depart from the marina.
Signage found in the vicinity Moolyyer Creek indicates that:
” . . . Urang-Ugang are the pippi shells that are native to this beach. These have been a food source for the Buchulla people for thousands of years . . . “
Source: Excerpt – Auntie Frances Gala, April 2015
Perhaps the ‘Urang-Urang’ is the origin of the town name ‘Urangan’ ???
Very little remains of the historic origins of Urangan, however, the following excerpts of an article written in 1913 provides some glimpses into the past:
” . . . In 1896 the Bay was connected to Maryborough by railway and in 1917 (progress wasn’t exactly rapid) the Urangan Pier was completed and Urangan became an important port for the export of sugar . . . “
“. . . Mr. Brown held land at Dayman’s Point, Urangan, having purchased it from the New South Wales Government prior to separation . . . “
” . . . Mr. C. Herrenberg is another old identity; he has been in the district for more than 51 years, and took part in the construction of all Pialba-Urangan roads . . . “
” . . . The Urangan pier, which has a berthing depth of over 30ft at low water. The pier is nearly a mile long, and is recognised by mariners as being one of the finest piers on the Australian seaboard . . . “
” . . . A dugong landed near Urangan. The leaner parts of this herbivorous animal’s carcase, when cured, forms appetising bacon; the fat when rendered makes a highly recommended substitute for cod liver oil. Fishermen hereabouts in season catch big hauls of dugong in the animals’ home waters, south of Woody Island . . . “
” . . . About four years ago the Burrum Shire Council applied to the Government for permission to reticulate the Pialba-Urangan seafront with electric light and power; it was submitted to referendum, and eventually turned down. Subsequently the Nationalist Government came into power in Queensland, and, adhering to its policy of assisting private enterprise, an Order In Council was granted to Messrs. Andersen Bros., two enterprising citizens, who had every confidence in the future of the bay, to act as the Pialba Electric Authority. Adjoining their sawmill the brothers themselves installed two Siemens alternators, making a total of 6O k.v.a., driven by two Crossley suction gas engines of 130 h p. Success immediately rewarded them ; the plant already reticulates the esplanade for over four miles, and it has proved a wonderful acquisition to the bay. Bathing enclosures, bowling greens, and tennis courts are now illuminated for night sport. Consumers are increasing, and Messrs. Andersen Bros, expect that in a brief time the whole 10 miles of esplanade will be illuminated by their power. The brothers, who are competent engineers, were complimented by Government inspectors for the way they had installed their machinery. For more than 20 years the brothers have conducted an up-to-date saw and planing mill at Pialba, and have progressed with the times. They supplied all the timber that was used in the construction of the Urangan Jetty, which cost more than £80,000 to erect. Modern lceworks also are maintained by this enterprising firm. Messrs. Andersen Bros, are the inventors of a labour-saving device for erecting light poles, and have a machine which sinks a 5ft. hole in a few minutes . . . “
Source: Excerpts – Article “Historic Sketch – Early Days Recalled – A Pioneer’s Reminiscenses” – published in ‘The Brisbane Courier’ – 13th March 1931
” . . . Maryborough, May 25.
The first sod of the Pialba-Urangan line was turned at Pialba on Saturday by the Premier . . . “
Source: Exerpt – Article “Railway to Urangan – First Sod Turned – Speach by the Premier – published in the ‘Cairns Post’ – 27th May 1913
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