Longitude: 152.818164 Latitude: -25.253492
Metres above Sea Level: 5.0 m
Area: 4.8 km² Perimeter: 10.7 km
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Point Vernon is the western most, of the original five seaside villages, that form the City of ‘Hervey Bay’ (proclaimed on the 18th February 1984). Enjoying some 10.7 km of coastline, the elevated vantage point of Point Vernon affords wonderful views of Hervey Bay.
Point Vernon’s claim to fame is, that it is the largest rocky promontory on the coast stretching from Noosa to Bundaberg – some 195 km, as the crow flies. Sandy beaches extend from the base of the promontory – as far as the eye can see, save some Mangrove forests . . .
Delightful and well facilitated parks line the shores at various intervals. The eastern perimeter features an amazing cycling / walking trail which hugs the coast, enjoying beautiful views all the way.
Originally named ‘Vernon Point’ on which the ‘Town of Polson’ was sited (as indicated on the map), it later became known as Point Vernon which, incidentally, was named after Commander Charles Egerton Harcourt-Vernon (1827 – 1872) who took command of HMS ‘Cordelia’ on the 11th April 1857. Leaving Plymouth in the United Kingdom on the 6th June 1857, the HMS ‘Cordelia’ arrived in Sydney, Australia, on the 28th July 1858 – where the ship was based until the 24th November 1861. The article ‘Proceedings of H.M.S. Cordelia in the Navigator’s Islands‘, published in 1859, provides an insight into the travels of this ship and its commander . . .
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