- Venus Bay, Victoria
Infobox Australian Place | type = town
name = Venus Bay
state = vic
lga = South Gippsland Shire
postcode = 3956
pop = 509 (2006)Census 2006 AUS | id = SSC26869 | name = Venus Bay (State Suburb) | accessdate = 2007-10-01 | quick = on]
stategov = Gippsland South
fedgov = McMillan
dist1 = 173
dir1 = SE
dist2 = 39
dir2 = E
dist3 = 28
dir3 = SE
dist4 = 7
dir4 = W
location4= Tarwin Lower
Venus Bay is a wide bay [ [http://www.ga.gov.au/bin/gazd01?rec=257284 Venus Bay page] at
Geoscience Australia] ) and a township on that bay on the east coast of Victoria, Australia. At the 2006 census Venus Bay had a population of 509.
The name Venus Bay was given to the bay by a French expedition under
Nicholas Baudin. This was apparently after George Bass's trading ship the "Venus". (The expedition traded with Bass in Sydneyin around 1801.) [gutenberg|no=7304|name=The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders, by Ernest Scott]
The town of Venus Bay is situated on a narrow peninsula of land located 180km south-east of
Melbourne. Originally named Evergreen the town takes its name from the body of water on its western shore. On the eastern side of the peninsula is Anderson's Inlet, named after the settler Samuel Anderson.
Venus Bay has become a popular holiday retreat for people from Melbourne and is close to other popular South Gippsland tourist spots such as Phillip Island and
Wilsons Promontory. The permanent population hovers around the 500 mark, however this can swell into the thousands during holiday periods. The town is split into three 'estates'. The First Estate is home to the only shopping strip in Venus Bay, consisting of a general store, fishing and surfing store, take-away shops, real estate agents, caravan parkand a restaurant. Three of Venus Bay's five surf beaches (Nos. 1, 2 and 3 beaches) are in the First Estate, with the Venus Bay Surf Livesaving Club located at the No. 1 Beach. This is the only patrolled beach, although during the busy summer period surf patrols regularly make their way up and down the beaches to just beyond No. 5 beach. The First Estate also has the Venus Bay Community Centre, which houses twighlight markets during the summer holidays and other community activities.
The Second Estate is home to Nos. 4 and 5 beaches as well as the popular fishing jetty on Anderson's Inlet. At the edge of the Second Estate is an elevated viewing platform that allows visitors to look out across Anderson's Inlet and view the many
kangaroos that call the quiet eastern shores home.
The Third Estate is a sparsely populated and underdeveloped area leading to the tip of the peninsula (Point Smythe). This estate has the Doyle's Road foreshore reserve and the Point Smythe reservation, home to many wandering tracks that lead to secluded beaches on both shores of the peninsula and to the tip at the mouth of Anderson's Inlet.
In recent years the residents of Venus Bay and nearby Tarwin Lower (5km closer to Melbourne) have fought off developers seeking to drain the environmental wetlands and set up marina and resort developments. Today the fight appears to be strongly in the favour of the local residents.
* [http://www.venusbay.info www.venusbay.info Tarwin Lower Venus Bay Association]
* [http://www.venusbay.blogspot.com www.venusbay.blogspot.com Venus Bay blog]
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