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Published August 1st 2014
Urangan Pier is one of the bigger attractions of Hervey Bay (especially of those that can be found on land) and it's one that tourists and locals both visit often. You can appreciate it by just taking a walk out along it or from one of the many vantage points all around Hervey Bay where it's visible.
By far the longest pier I've ever seen, Urangan Pier stretches a notable 860 metres into the bay. However, it actually used to be even longer (1100 metres). About 200 metres were removed in the 1980s after the pier was decommissioned, but a public outcry put a stop to the rest being pulled down.
The pier will remain a permanent fixture for a while yet as it's currently undergoing renovations to help make it last. These works will be taking place in winter with temporary walkways erected around the edge of the sections being worked on so everyone can still enjoy the attraction.
The pier stretches off into the distance
As well as being a great walk a lot of people use the pier as a place to go fishing. It's also a scenic inclusion on any bike ride in the area (though it can get really windy at times) and if you do decide to go cycling, there's a cycle path that extends all along the back Hervey Bay, which is a good way to everything from another angle (bikes can be hired from various locations around town).
The man in this photo was reeling in fish so often it seemed like his line had barely had time to hit the water
I never spotted any animals other than birds but because it stretches so far out, it is possible to see fish, dolphins and other ocean animals while you enjoy the pier. Alternatively, depending on what time you visit, much of the area below you may instead be covered in sand, as Hervey Bay has some very extreme tides. I'm assuming these contributed heavily as to why the pier had to be built so long in the first place (it was originally for exporting things like sugar, coal, coffee and timber after being built in 1917).
Looking back at Hervey Ba, there's more sand than water at times
At the base of Urangan Pier is a parking area, which makes visiting it easy. There's also a park with toilets and shelters, while cafes and restaurants are nearby too if you want to spend more time in the area.