Dayman Park

A view over the Sandy Straights from Dayman Park

Dayman Park is located between Urangan and the Boat Harbour precinct and it is an ideal place for a picnic, BBQ or just taking in the view.

In fact many people do go Dayman Park to just sit and enjoy the view while others use the peaceful scenes as a backdrop for their wedding.

But if you want to do more than just sit and enjoy the view you  will find that there are undercover tables and free gas BBQs as well as plenty of open space for the kids to run around safely.

The views
Because Dayman Park is located on a bluff above the shoreline you’re guaranteed to get some great views down over the Great Sandy Straights.

The view down onto a secluded beach below Dayman ParkThe view down onto a secluded beach below Dayman Park

To the right of the park is the entrance to the Marina and there are always plenty of boats of all types entering or leaving the Marina during weekends and public holidays. You can also look down one one of the more secluded beaches in Hervey Bay that’s popular with families.

The view from Dayman Park out to Round Island and beyondThe view from Dayman Park out to Round Island and beyond

Directly across from the park is Round Island, Big Woody Island and in the distance you can see Fraser Island too. Because the park faces the east you will see some incredible sunrises from Dayman Park and the rising moon can also produce some spectacular views too.

The Z Force Memorial at Dayman Park in Hervey Bay

The memorials
Dayman Park is also the site of several imposing memorials. The sombre black memorial commemorates the soldiers and sailors who were brought together to form Z Force during World War II and their two operations … Operation Jaywick and Operation Rimau

These brave men trained on Fraser Island and took the war deep into enemy held territory not once but twice when they crept into Singapore Harbour and destroyed thousands of tonnes of shipping.

Operation Jaywick staged in 1943 was a success with the members of Z Force returning to Australia.

Operation Rimau staged in 1944 was not so successful and the members of Z Force on that operation were captured by the Japanese, tortured and executed.

The other imposing memorial commemorates the passing of Matthew Flinders in 1799 and includes a cannon ball from Flinder’s vessel.

How to get to Dayman Park
Finding your way to Dayman Park is not difficult and there is plenty of off-road parking if you choose to drive.

One of the local bus services can drop you within easy walking distance of the park too.