35°58' S, 137°10' E
Harriet Township, at the mouth of the Harriet River, is a burgeoning
settlement. The views across the bay are quite exquisite and the
beach sands are extraordinarily white.
The Vivonne Bay Wildlife Reserve -a private park with 40 kms (25
miles) of walking trails-, is a popular destination for school
groups eager to learn about the fauna and flora of the Island.
Vivonne Bay is quite a peaceful Bay, and it was thought that the
Japanese would find it an easy place to land forces on the Island
during WWII. To counter this, the jetty was blown up in the mid
section and stayed this way for many years after the war. Although,
it seems quite ludicrous today, to expect an invasion from this
point, few of us have experienced the terror of war. Those that
have know, that all reasonable precautions are taken to protect
land and life.
Nowadays it is the main anchorage and refuelling point for the
Cray-fishing fleet of the south coasts. There is good bream fishing
in the Harriet River, which flows into Vivonne Bay. It is a safe
place to swim and early in the year there is the 'Henley on the
A large number of innovative and humorous homemade, almost seaworthy
vessels, race on the river for fun and prizes.
Located nearby is a General Store. Petrol and alcoholic beverages
can be purchased there.
Fishing is good from the jetty and it is a short drive on the
South Coast Road to other attractions like Seal Bay Conservation
Park, Kelly Hill Conservation Park and Flinders Chase National
There is also an area of limestone sand dunes called the "Little
Sahara". These dunes have blown inland from the coast and are
very white and open for climbing all days.
Harriet Township offers friendly people, a rugged landscape dotted
with rustic houses and glorious sweeping views over the Southern