Waratah Bay

History of Waratah Bay
- Waratah Bay is a town in the South Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia, on the shore of Waratah Bay.
The town is named after the bay which was named after a ship the Waratah which anchored here for repairs when damaged.

- A Post Office named Waratah Bay opened on 10 August 1885, but was at nearby Walkerville and was renamed as such in 1892.

- The Brataualung Aboriginal clan occupied the area of Wilsons Promontory and Waratah Bay. A large number of coastal middens containing charcoal, stones and the remains of shellfish can be found along the coast and around Shallow Inlet. These are the remains of campsites used by Brataualung and are up to 6000 years old. Earlier sites have been covered by rising sea levels.

- The Shallow Inlet Marine and Coastal Park was declared in 1986 in recognition of the area's habitat values for migratory wading birds and shorebirds.

Waratah Bay - The Town Today
- Waratah Bay is located at the northern end of the bay which the town is named after, and a few minutes drive west of Sandy Point which also fronts the same bay.

- It is a short drive to Wilsons Promontory National Park and surrounding attractions.

- Waratah Bay is the place to go for a quiet, secluded beach front holiday. There are no shops in the town, just a caravan park, holiday houses and other accommodation to accompany the small resident population.

- The beaches at Waratah Bay are popular with surfers and swimmers, offering great expanses of sandy coastline with the attractive backdrop of mountain peaks along Wilsons Promontory's west coast in the distance.

- To appreciate the unspoilt beauty of the area, the eastern end of Iluka Court offers good views over the town and down to the beach. Spectacular views can also be enjoyed by walking along the bush fire track which starts at the northern end of Brown Street. One of the best viewing spots is from the dam along the track, just 300 metres from the start.

*Information on history and the town today was gathered from www.travelvictoria.com.au/waratahbay/, www3.visitvictoria.com.au and Wikipedia websites.


Quick facts about Waratah Bay
- Approximately 200 kilometres south-east of Melbourne

Activities and attractions in Waratah Bay
- Swim, paddle and play along the sweeping coastline of Waratah Bay.
- Try your hand at fishing at one of many great fishing spots.

How to get to Waratah Bay
Waratah Bay is around 2.5 hours drive from Melbourne along the South Gippsland Highway.