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Flinders Bay is a bay and locality that is immediately south of the townsite of Augusta, Western Australiamarker, and close to the mouth of the Blackwood Rivermarker and lies to the north east of Cape Leeuwinmarker.

Bay

Flinders Bay (34° 21' 00S. 115° 20' 00E)

On Matthew Flinders Terra Australis Sheet 1 1801-1803 the area was originally known as Dangerous Bight. The bay runs from Point Matthew 1.5km East North East of Cape Leeuwinmarker to Ledge Point some 8 km east.It was named by either James Stirling or Septimus Roe in 1829 or 1830.Matthew Flinders was first in the Bay on the 7th December 1801.

Plaque at Point Matthew lookout on road to Cape Leeuwin


Railway terminus and Jetty

The name of the locality of Flinders Bay is tied to the small settlement that had been a whaling and fishing location, as well as the terminus of the Busseltonmarker to Flinders Bay Branch Railway railway line (1920's - closed 1957), and the earlier Flinders Bay jetty (1890s). The settlement was in the earlier days considered to be separate from Augusta but now is more or less the southern portion of the larger community.

The need for safe, and efficient transfer of whale watchers, and a safe mooring location in the Bay for fishermen has seen a proposal for a marina in 2004 which had included plans for the marina close to the old settlement of Flinders Bay. The 2005 revised proposal has moved to a bay further around towards Cape Leeuwin.

View of the Flinders Bay whaling and settlement from the north


Whaling

The landing area adjacent to the old railway station yard, was original known as The Whaling. It was the area where boats would work from in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Up until the early 1970s sheds and ramps were still present. In the late 20th century the area had Whale rescue operations occurring very close to the area. Also businesses involved in Whale watching have more recently used the bay.

Islands

The Saint Allouarn Islands stretch out south of Point Matthew (on the road to Cape Leeuwin), and are effective barriers along with reefs for the outer reaches of the bay to the south.

References

  • Fornasiero, Jean; Monteath, Peter and West-Sooby, John. Encountering Terra Australis: the Australian voyages of Nicholas Baudin and Matthew Flinders, Kent Town, South Australia,Wakefield Press,2004. ISBN 1-86254-625-8


  • DLI Geographic names cards



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