Flinders Bay Jetty The Flinders Bay Jetty is located at Barrack Point in Augusta near the site of the first settlers landing point in 1830. The Flinders Bay Jetty (also
known as the Barrack Point Jetty) is one of two jetties built by M.C. Davies , to export timbers around the world.
Brief HistoryBarracks Point was originally a port of call for the whaling ships which
frequented the area and in 1855 was officially proclaimed a port. Timber was first exported from Augusta in 1876
and in 1882 M.C. Davies began construction of two large jetties at Barrack Point and Hamelin Bay . A clever man, M.C. Davies had his eyes on the timber belt between Cape Hamelin
and Augusta several years earlier. In 1879 he obtained a 14 year lease for 70 thousand acres of land in the
district. Three years later (1882) he was granted a further lease of 46 thousand
acres for 42 years. Within a year the Cooldarup (Kudarup) mill was operating a few kilometres from Augusta.
Considered quite modern in its time, the 25 horse power mill had an output of 9,000 super feet per day. The
jetties were a necessity as the timber mills at Cooldarup (Kudarup) and Karridale were producing large
quantities of cut Karri timbers and there was a great demand for hardwoods worldwide. These timbers would
be was used to construct railways in India, mines in South Africa, wharves in Hong Kong and streets in
Both jetties were connected by a railway line. In fact Davies built over 65kms of railway lines to
facilitate both the jetties and the four timber mills in the area. Each jetty had railway lines running the length,
making it easier for timbers to be loaded onto the ships berthed along side.
M.C. Davies was also responsible for the construction of jetties at
Fremantle and Carnarvon in 1886, Eucla Jetty in 1887 and the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse in 1895.
The Hamelin Bay Jetty was used mainly in the summer months as it was protected from the south-easterly
winds which blew into Flinders Bay. Flinders Bay became the winter port as it was protected from the westerlies
which made Hamelin Bay treacherous in the winter months. The timber industry went into sudden decline in the
early 1900's and the jetties both slowly fell into disrepair. The railway line was eventually taken over in the
1920's by the Western Australian Government Railways to become part of a branch railway from Busselton to
Flinders Bay. The line was used mainly for the dairy industry in the region however the rails were light, the
line was poorly constructed and the terrain steep making it a very, very slow form of transport. The system
relied on the MSA Garrat Steam Engine to haul the loads over the steep and difficult gradients. The branch was
closed in 1957.
All That Remains
The site of the Flinders Bay Jetty is marked by a stone plinth along Albany Terrace. This is where the railway
met the jetty embankment. A small path leads you down to the bay where all that remains of the jetty are a few
timber posts which are slowly being claimed by the Southern Ocean. As you head down to the jetty don't be fooled by
the iron winch near the plinth it is not related to the jetty at all, it was used on the slipway of one of the boat
sheds on the beach. As you wander through the ruins it is hard to believe that this was once the focal point for
commerce and transport in the area. You may also discover when wandering through the rocks evidence of a smaller
Links To Other Jetties in WAHamelin Bay Jetty
One Mile Jetty
Old Bunbury Timber Jetty