Eagle Bay is a small town near Dunsborough, in the local government area of the City of Busselton. At the 2016 census, it had a population of 76.[1] It is known for its luxury holiday homes, with an occupancy rate on the night of the 2016 census of about 16%.[2][3]

On 30 May 1801, a landing party from the Baudin expedition unsuccessfully looked for water at Eagle Bay; this event is commemorated by the Baudin memorial, which was unveiled in 2001.[4] In the late 19th century Stewart Keenan, who had a farm in the local area, built a track connecting his Eagle Bay farm to the timber mill community at Yelverton.[5] In the 1950s, there was a commercial salmon fishery in Eagle Bay.[6] The modern-day settlement began to develop in the early 1970s.[7] Eagle Bay contains a residents' association (established 1990), a volunteer fire brigade, and a community hall (constructed in 2014).[8][9] The eponymous bay is in Meelup Regional Park.[10]

References

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Eagle Bay". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 October 2019. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Eagle Bay". Tourism Western Australia. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  3. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "2016 Community Profiles: Eagle Bay". 2016 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 7 October 2019. Edit this at Wikidata
  4. ^ "European history". Meelup Park. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Keenan's Track". Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Salmon Fishing at Eagle Bay". Meelup Park. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Local Planning Policy No. 3B Eagle Bay special character area" (PDF). City of Busselton. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  8. ^ "About REBA + Membership". Residents of Eagle Bay Association. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Welcome to Eagle Bay" (PDF). Residents of Eagle Bay Association. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Visitor Information". Meelup Park. Retrieved 7 October 2019.