Bathurst Bay

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Bathurst Bay

Bathurst Bay is the name of a 19th-century peninsula settlement that is now a tourist attraction on Cape York in northern Queensland, Australia, near the Great Barrier Reef.


The British first settled Bathurst Bay sometime in the early-19th Century. The settlement had few tradable goods because of its climate and terrain. The site became important in the mid- to late-19th Century as an anchorage for the pearling fleet, which was discovering valuable oyster pearls. By the 1890s, the pearling fleet was the only reason for continued settlement. The settlement was destroyed on March 4, 1899 when Cyclone Mahina passed through northern Queensland. Cyclone Mahina was notable for producing the highest recorded storm surge of any tropical cyclone in history. The once-abundant forests have not regrown, mainly because of continuing salt damage to the land by the storm surge. Since the Federation of Australia in 1901, Bathurst Bay has become a popular fishing area. The bay itself is a part of the Cook Shire (seated in Cooktown), but few people have settled the bay area.

See also


External links

  • Cook Shire entry in Queensland Local Government Directory
  • Satellite Photo of Bathurst Bay

Coordinates: 14°15′S 144°23′E / 14.250°S 144.383°E / -14.250; 144.383

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