Astin, Bayer, dad Gareth and Tanner with Mischa the puppy at the sand garden display yesterday.
Astin, Bayer, dad Gareth and Tanner with Mischa the puppy at the sand garden display yesterday. Nat Bromhead Frapier

Sand gardens return for Qld Day

THE RELAUNCH of Hervey Bay's fabled Sand Gardens was a rousing success at the Queensland Day celebrations – one day early – by the Urangan Pier yesterday.

Dozens of designs dotted the sand, with children and adults alike taking part and hundreds of engrossed onlookers gazing from the pier.

Sue Berry organised the project, in an effort to help people on the Fraser Coast re-connect with their cultural history.

“It is about connecting the community,” Ms Berry said.

“It is accessing our creativity to help tell us who we are.”

The Sand Gardens were once the “biggest thing in the year” according to local elder Marie Wilkinson.

“People would put a huge effort into their designs,” she said. “You would spend ages coming up with ideas, and each one on the sand was a work of art.”

The Sand Gardens at the Urangan Pier date back to the 1920s and with the success of yesterday's event, Ms Berry hopes the tradition will continue well into the future.

Not far from the pier, the rest of the Queensland Day activities also went swimmingly, with thousands of locals and visitors enjoying a wide variety of entertainments.

As children bounded along the grass in sack races, adults enjoyed the live music at either end of the park, and in between the passing throng shopped at the market stalls and admired the colourful chalk artworks and footprint designs along the footpath.

 



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