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.