Yowie Bay, New South Wales


Yowie Bay, New South Wales

Infobox Australian Place | type = suburb
name = Yowie Bay
city = Sydney
state = nsw


caption = Yowie Bay marina
lga = Sutherland Shire
postcode = 2228
pop =
area =
propval =
est = 1889
stategov = Cronulla, Miranda
fedgov = Cook
near-nw = Gymea
near-n = Miranda
near-ne = Caringbah
near-e = Caringbah South
near-se = Lilli Pilli
near-s = Royal National Park
near-sw = Grays Point
near-w = Gymea Bay
dist1 = 24
dir1 = south
location1= Sydney CBD

Yowie Bay is a suburb in southern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Yowie Bay is located 24 kilometres south of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the Sutherland Shire.

Yowie Bay takes its name from the small bay on the north shore of the Port Hacking estuary (also known locally as the Port Hacking River). It is bounded to the north by the suburb of Miranda and shares its postcode of 2228. Located to the east, across the Yowie Bay waterway, is Caringbah South. To the west is the suburb of Gymea Bay, across the bay of the same name.

History

Yowie is an Aboriginal name meaning 'place of echoes'. There appears to be no relationship to the mythical Australian creature called a Yowie. [ [http://www.suthlib.nsw.gov.au/ssc/rwpattach.nsf/viewasattachmentPersonal/shire_placenames_20041008.pdf/$file/shire_placenames_20041008.pdf Sutherland Shire place names ] ]

Land in the area was originally released as the Village of 'Weerona' in 1889. The name 'Ewey Bay' was also recognised by the electoral office and post office in the early days. It has been suggested that the name is a corruption of "ewes" (female sheep). Yowie Bay was named by Surveyor Dixon in 1827. The suburb was officially assigned the name in 1973 by the Geographical Names Board. ["The Book of Sydney Suburbs", Compiled by Frances Pollen, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 277 ]

Commercial Area

Yowie Bay is a mostly residential area with just a few scattered commercial developments. A marina is located at the end of Wonga Road with a liquor shop nearby. The Port Hacking Open Sailing Club sits on Yowie Bay. The Postbox Café is on the corner of Forest Road and Attunga Road, occupying the former site of a corner shop. The Yowie Bay Friendly Grocer (formerly Yowie Bay General Store) is located on Forest Road. There is one small school, Yowie Bay Public School.

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