Longitude: 152.853389 Latitude: -25.286797
Metres above Sea Level: 9.5 m
Area: 1.88 km² Perimeter: 5.68 km
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Scarness forms part of the City of ‘Hervey Bay’ (proclaimed on the 18th February 1984), enjoying some 1.5 km of coastline overlooking the picturesque Hervey Bay.
The beautiful calm waters of the bay are due to the World Heritage Listed Fraser Island. In the words of Captain Cook:
” . . . This Shoal I called Break Sea Spit, because now we had smooth water, whereas upon the whole Coast to the Southward of it we had always a high Sea or swell from the South-East . . . “
Source: Excerpt – “Captain Cook’s Journal during his First Voyage Round the World made in H.M. Bark ‘Endeavour’ 1768-71 – A Literal Transcription of the Original MSS with Notes and Introduction by Captain W.J.L. Wharton, R.N., F.R.S. – Hydrographer of the Admiralty – Illustrated by Maps and Facsimiles” 1768-71 – published in 1893
The shoreline is lined with stunning parks and gardens along which the beautiful cycling / walking trail runs. Access to the waters of Hervey Bay are dispersed along the beach. Swim, walk, wind surf, kite surf, sail, kayak, fish, jet ski, snorkel – just some of the many pursuits available. A rocky reef displaying a variety of coral can be explored at high or low tide and is easily accessible via Scarness Park (at low tide it is possible to walk straight out onto the reef), and, just to the left of the Scarness Jetty. Coral reefs provide habitat for marine creatures such as fish, octopus, sponges, colourful nudibranchs – just to name a few – in fact, artificial reefs have been created in many places in order to increase fish habitat and tourism opportunities . . .
Back on land, located just on the other side of Charlton Esplanade, delightful boutique shopping and dining can be found – with a unique Historical Village a little further down the road . . .
Scarness is the smallest of the seaside villages of Hervey Bay, though historical insights suggest that it has always been a very popular tourist attraction:
” . . . An attraction to holiday-makers. The hard court of the Scarness Tennis Club, situated in the picturesque fringe of cypress pines, between the Esplanade and the Ocean Beach . . . “
” . . . The Scarness-Torquay-Urangan seafront is unique in Queensland in that between the beach and the esplanade there is a beautiful fringe of shade trees for a number of miles. This scene is typical of the shelter all along the highway and facilities provided for picnickers. . . “
” . . . SCARBOROUGH HOTEL, SCARNESS.
Scarness, the popular Hervey Bay resort noted for its ideal bathing enclosure and glorious picnicking facilities under stately cypress pines, skirting the shore, is fortunate in that it has an hotel in keeping with the modern township. Splendidly situated, the Scarborough Hotel offers excellent accommodation at a moderate tariff; a good table is maintained and the best brands of wines and spirits are stocked. A car for hire on the premises is available to guests, and a car meets all trains. In addition, tourist buses call regularly throughout the day, and guests are assured of comfortable transport to any portion of the bay. Lock-up garages are provided for motorists. Ideal swimming facilities, night and day, are immediately in front of the hotel, pleasure boats leave a jetty near by, and fishing parties can be arranged. The proprietor, Mr Bert Harper, has left nothing to be desired in regard to comfort and cleanliness. The Scarborough Hotel is right on the main esplanade highway . . . “
” . . . ORIENT HOUSE, SCARNESS.
Orient House is regarded as one of the leading boarding establishments on the seafront. It is conveniently situated, and is handy to the Scarness bathing enclosure and the Scarness tennis courts. Orient House is an imposing building, well furnished, with large rooms and plenty of balcony space, facing the ocean. The establishment is well managed by Mrs.G. Rutherford. A first-class table is maintained, and fresh fish is on the menu daily. Electric light has been installed throughout, and garages have been built for motorists. Orient Houseis on the regular bus route service, and passengers can alight at the front door. . . “
” . . . HADDOWS CAFE, SCARNESS.
The popularity of Scarness has been added to in no small measure by the enterprise of Mr. Geo. Haddow, who has established one of the most attractive businesses on the waterfront. He is located in a picked position at Scarness immediately opposite an ideal bathing enclosure (illuminated at night) and shaded picnicking grounds. This modern cafe has enjoyed the patronage of pleasure-seekers to this pretty little resort since 1925. The building is up to date in every way. Haddow’s cater for picnicking parties at short notice; they are makers of ice cream that has a reputation from Point Vernon to Point Urangan, and motor deliveries of this delicacy are made throughout each day to all parts of the bay. The latest type of soda fountain has been installed recently, and bottled drinks also are in stock. The visitor is able to buy fresh fruit, crabs, fish, and oysters, and an excellent service is maintained. In this busy block of shops Mr. Haddow also is the local stationer and newsagent, and in another shop conducts a billiard saloon. There is a petrol bowser on the promises, and lubricant oils also can be obtained . . . “
” . . . J. E. DOWLING, GENERAL STORE-KEEPER.
Situated on the Scarness-Torquay esplanade, near Orient House, Mr. J. E. Dowling has a fine general store. He has worked it up for five years, and enjoys a considerable patronage from residents and holiday makers. Holiday makers are specially catered for. Persons intending to visit the Bay are invited by Mr. Dowling to make inquiries through him for seaside cottages; he will be pleased to give full information . . . “
Source: Excerpts – Article “Historic Sketch – Early Days Recalled – A Pioneer’s Reminiscenses” – published in ‘The Brisbane Courier’ – 13th March 1931
Sadly, none of these iconic buildings remain today . . .
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