Jetty as seen from the Boardwalk.

Jetty as seen from the Boardwalk.Neil McKnight
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Ellen Cove Jetty

The Ellen Cove Jetty is a popular swim­ming and fish­ing spot, and an iconic part of Ellen Cove featur­ed in many photo­graphs of the area.

The Jetty was origin­ally built in 1900 as an alter­n­ative to off-load sup­pl­ies and stock, as some larger ships could not navig­ate the ent­r­ance to Princess Royal Harb­our and use the main port. Once port facili­ties im­prov­ed the jetty was no longer used for this purpose.

In 1958, the ageing jetty was already in need of repair when it was further damag­ed by a bad storm. While repairs were made, a parti­al collapse in 1965 that nearly injur­ed sever­al local swimmers caus­ed a public outcry.

In 1968, the jetty was redesign­ed and rebuilt at a cost of $4000 into the struct­ure that stands today.

Today, children enjoy jump­ing into the calm, pro­tect­ed waters of Ellen Cove, and swim­ming to the nearby float­ing pontoon, plac­ed there during the Summer months.

Budd­ing fisher­men can ex­pect to catch squid, herr­ing, trev­ally, flathead and whit­ing on a regular basis, making this a popular spot for a family outing.

Walkers find the short stroll gives them an ex­cell­ent view of the beach, boardwalk and out into Princess Royal Harb­our.

Locat­ed between Mid­dle­ton Beach and the Ellen Cove Boardwalk, the Jetty is open all year round and free to use.

Article updated 02/09/2015.

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