Longitude: 152.868469 Latitude: -25.284289
Metres above Sea Level: 7.3 m
Area: 4.33 km² Perimeter: 9.59 km
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Torquay is one of the original five seaside villages that now form part of the City of ‘Hervey Bay’ (proclaimed on the 18th February 1984). Enjoying some 2.6 km of coastline, the beautifully landscaped foreshore overlooks the picturesque Hervey Bay. The Torquay foreshore enjoys the highest concentration of facilities of the entire foreshore area, as well as offering boutique shopping and eateries – situate just across the road . . .
Watch the turquoise waters of the bay sparkle through the trees; stroll along the walking trail, beach, boardwalks, jetties; read a book under the beautiful mature trees, frolic on the sand – the area has a real air of cosmopolitan beach holidaying – and living . . .
The beautiful calm waters of the Hervey Bay are due to the World Heritage Listed Fraser Island sheltering it from the southern and eastern swells. 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 beautiful, seaside parks and gardens also house the wonderful cycling / walking trail.
Many access points to the beach and to the waters of Hervey Bay are dispersed along the way. Swim, walk, wind surf, kite surf, sail, kayak, fish, jet ski, snorkel – just some of the many pursuits available. ‘Torquay Rocks’, situate in the vicinity of ‘Bill Fraser Park‘, provide the opportunity for a snorkel and underwater explore . . .
Torquay enjoys a rich history as demonstrated by the following snippets:
” . . . An Interesting personality of the district is Mr. L. H. Nissen, the oldest living pioneer-settler, who has been a resident on the bay for 60 years this March. He is affectionately known as “The Grandfather of the Bay,” Although 81 years of age, Mr. Nissen, a typical Dane and a well-known farmer, is in splendid health; he is of big stature, and can still do a good day’s work with any man. He has the pluck and hardihood of the courageous Danes of old, as was demonstrated a year or so ago, when he was thrown from a horse, suffering a bad fracture of one of his ankles. He declined to have an anaesthetic, and went through a severere setting operation without a groan. Relating his experiences and recollections of the Bay, Mr. Nissen said that the first became engaged in clearing forest country at a time when there was little or no white population. For a period he was cutting timber for Mr. Boyle Martin’s mill. About that time another timber getter, Mr.Hendersen, had acquired a small selection where Torquay now stands . . . “
” . . . 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 . . . “
” . . . TORQUAY HOTEL, TORQUAY.
The Torquay Hotel under the popular and capable management of Mr. A. E. Baxter, is situated in the principal portion of the Torquay pleasure and seaside resort, which is in the central position of the bay, facing a glorious stretch of beach where superior swimming facilities can be obtained at high and low tides, in an up-to date enclosure. The hotel faces the fringe of trees which has been improved by the Torquay Progress Association for picnickers. It is conveniently situated for travellers, being only four minutes from the railway station, and is on the routes of the motor buses which ply for hire at intervals through-out the day, between Maryborough and Urangan Point. The hotel is complete with all comforts and conveniences for fastidious tourists . . . “
” . . . TORQUAY CAFE AND DANCE HALL.
The Torquay Cafe and Dance Hall, which is a recent addition to the business centre of Torquay, is under the capable management of Miss I. Torrens. The building is situated next to the Torquay Hotel, and is an acquisition to the resort. Dainty refreshments, meals, and oyster and fish suppers are obtainable at all hours. A dance hall, which is conducted in conjunction with the cafe, is available, and can be booked by private parties . . . “
” . . . POST OFFICE STORE, TORQUAY.
The premises of Mr. E. G. Arnell, who has been in business at Torquay for five years as a general storekeeper, are situated near the railway station. This is the leading business at Torquay, and full stocks of groceries are always on hand. Mr. Arnell also conducts a newsagency and stationery business, and is in charge of the local Post Office agency. A car for hire is available on the premises. Persons seeking seaside villas are recommended to write to Mr. Arnell, who will gladly give full information . . . “
Source: Excerpts – Article “Historic Sketch – Early Days Recalled – A Pioneer’s Reminiscenses” – published in ‘The Brisbane Courier’ – 13th March 1931
Sadly, the iconic buildings of yesteryear are no longer . . .
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