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Cooee Bay
Queensland
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Hillside and beachfront at Cooee Bay
Population 1,275 (2006 census)
Postcode(s) 4703
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Livingstone
State electorate(s) Keppel
Federal Division(s) Capricornia

Cooee Bay is a seaside community on the tropical Central Queensland coast. It is within the local government area of Shire of Livingstone (between 2008 and 2013, it was within the Rockhampton Region).

Geography

Cooee Bay is nestled against the Pacific Ocean overlooking Keppel Bay, and is centrally located on the Capricorn Coast, two kilometres south of Yeppoon, and 17 kilometres (11 mi) north of Emu Park.

Often regarded as a suburb of Yeppoon, Cooee Bay is in fact a separate locality. Like its neighbouring suburb Taranganba, Cooee Bay is separated from Yeppoon by Ross Creek, a popular fishing location.

Matthew Flinders Drive is an alternative tourist deviation from the Scenic Highway, which travels up to Wreck Point. From the lookout, the visitor can enjoy views of Great Keppel Island, Keppel Bay, Byfield, and Rosslyn Bay.

Population

In the 2006 census, Cooee Bay had a population of 1275 people.

Cooee Bay is an established but eclectic community which is reflected in the myriad styles of homes. Much of the back blocks contain weatherboard or fibro homes well over a century old, while facing the bay are palatial award-winning homes.

Community

Cooee Bay is a vibrant community with extensive residential developments and investments injecting the area with new growth.

The residents of Cooee Bay are a mix of fishermen, miners, retirees, and business professionals, many of whom prefer to commute to Rockhampton City for work but live on the coast.

History

Cooee Bay Post Office opened on 18 September 1961 by Don and Edna Schabe who had previously owned the Cooee Bay General Store. There is a memorial to Don Schabe in the park for his contribution to the Cooee Bay Progress Association. Prior to the opening of the post office, a receiving office had been open from 1894. The post office closed in 1977.

Prior to local government amalgamations in 2008, the Capricorn Coast was administered by Livingstone Shire Council. From 2008 to 2013 it was administered by Rockhampton Region. From 1 January 2014, the Shire of Livingstone was restored and now administers Cooee Bay.

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