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‘Dayman Park’ in Urangan, Queensland, presents in two levels – beautifully landscaped and maintained. It is interesting to note that the park was named after Lieutenant Dayman, who was the first to successfully navigated a course through the channel between the “Great Sandy Island” and the mainland c 10th November 1846.
” . . . In Macgillivray’s narrative of her cruise, between 1846 and 1850, appears as follows, (vol. I., ch. 2.): – “A few days after our arrival at Port Curtis – 8th of November 1847 – the Asp, as our decked boat had been named, joined us, having made an important addition to the surveys of this portion of the coast. On his passage up from Brisbane, Lieutenant Dayman, under the unexpected circumstance of finding that the “Rattlesnake” had sailed, instead of coasting along the eastern side of Great Sandy Island – thus involving the necessity of rounding Break Sea Spit – determined upon trying the passage between the island and the mainland into Hervey’s Bay; this he fortunately succeeded in accomplishing, although under difficulties which his sketch (since published by the Admiralty) will lessen to those who may require to use the same previously little known channel . . . “
Source: Excerpt – The Genesis of Queensland – by – published 1888 – pp 159
The ‘lower’ level, so to speak, provides a number of amenities and playgrounds nestled amidst landscaped gardens. It is accessible from the car park situate directly within the park (enter off Pulgin Street – at the intersection of Kent Street), and also via the tremendous bike riding and walking trail. Bike parking and a water fountain are situate under the mature trees that provide welcome shelter, and, the beach is never far away . . .
Winding up a delightful pathway, via the public toilets, the views from the top of the escarpment unfold. The ‘upper’ car park is accessed via Dayman Street, at the junction of James Street.
The upper reaches of the park feature large, open spaces, picnic facilities and a number of fascinating monuments unravelling the history of the area. Though the upper level of ‘Dayman Park’ is only some 9.5 m above sea level, the views across to Woody and Fraser Islands, and across Hervey Bay, are breathtaking. An article published in the ‘Brisbane Courier’ on the 13th March 1931, describes the view from the ‘Cafe Royal and Hostel’, as it was back then, and much of which, as it remains today:
” . . . CAFE ROYAL AND HOSTEL, URANGAN.
The Cafe Royal and Hostel at Urangan, which was erected recently, faces a park-like esplanade on Dayman’s Point, where scenic beauty is all that could be desired so far as the sea is concerned. It is conducted on modern lines by Mrs. Norman Hastings, of Maryborough. The building was built to cope with the tourist traffic. Spacious, well-furnished balcony rooms have been provided for those seeking accommodation. An up-to-date dance floor, with modern alcoves, has been attached to the cafe, and the cafe itself is well equipped to supply the requirements of holiday-makers. Oysters, crabs, fresh fish, fruit, ice cream, soft drinks, and confectionery are always obtainable . . . “
‘Dayman Park’ facilities include: Public Toilets, Sheltered Picnic Tables, rubbish bins, drinking fountains, Playgrounds, Open Air Picnic Tables, a WW2 Monument, Seating Pavilion, Monument to Captain Cook, and Lookouts.
– Close proximity to Town Centre – obtain Directions here
– The ‘lower’ car park is situate off Pulgin Street, at the intersection of Kent Street
– The ‘upper’ car park is accessed via Dayman Street, at the junction of James Street
– Bicycle Parking available
– Adjacent to Walking / Cycling Trail
– Bike Parking Available
– Some Water available
– Adjacent to Hervey Bay Waterfront
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- Bathroom Amenities:
- Outdoor Shower
- Public Toilets
- Bike Riding Track
- Mobile Data 3G - 4G
- Mobile Reception
- Walking Track
- Waterway Access
Parking & Transfers:
- Drinking Water
- Picnic Tables
- Rubbish Bins
- Off Street Parking
- Sealed Road