Located at the ‘Eastern Sister’ end of the historic ‘Collins Settlement‘ of 1803 to 1804, this large monument is a reminder of the very first attempt to settle the southern shores of the continent of Australia just over 200 years ago. Arriving on the 9th October 1803, the settlement was to last barely 4 months when, on the 30th January 1804 the bulk of the settlement was relocated to Tasmania. A comprehensive list of the settlers together with an overview of the significant events are embodied on this large stone monument. Interestingly, John Pascoe Fawkner is included in this list as the son of a convict, John Fawkner. John Pascoe Fawkner would later attempt to claim the honour of placing and establishing Melbourne, even though the evidence was, and still is, thoroughly clear that John Batman and his team were solely responsible for this success – notably the only explorer in Australia’s history whose chosen location for a settlement was carried through.
It did take until the 20th May 1804 before the last settler departed these shores, apart from one – escaped convict William Buckley who would reside with the Aborigines until the 6th July 1835, when he would enter the camp of John Batman’s men.
A walking trail meanders its way along foreshore linking the many stunning sceneries to be found here as well as an information centre, lookouts, heaps of historical information, sites of interest, and some pioneer graves. A wander of some 230 m northward, reveals even more information about this intriguing settlement attempt . . .
– Located some 2.4 km South-East of Sorrento – obtain Directions here
– Pets are permitted at various times during various seasons of the year
– For a list of Points of Interest regarding the ‘Collins 1803 Settlement’ – click here
– Some Car Parking available along the Service Road
– Facilities available at Sorrento include:
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- Sealed Road