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and a geographical feature on the eastern side of
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. At the , Adventure Bay and the surrounding area had a population of 152.

Early history

The first European to sight the bay was explorer
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Abel Tasman
, who sought to anchor his vessel ''Heemskerck'' there in 1642. Instead, ''Heemskerck'' was driven back offshore by a storm, in token of which Tasman named the place Storm Bay. Captain
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Tobias Furneaux
renamed it in March 1773, in honour of his ship , which he had anchored in the bay for five days after becoming separated from
Captain James Cook's
Captain James Cook's
during Cook's second voyage to the Pacific search of
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. Furneaux's log made clear the bay was an excellent anchorage for resupplying vessels:
To the SW of the first watering place there is a large lagoon which I believe has plenty of fish in it for one of our Gentlemen caught upwards of 2 dozen trout, and shot a possum which was the only animal we saw. There are a great many gum trees and of a vast thickness and height, one of which measured in circumference 26 feet and the height under the branches was 20 feet."
Others among Furneaux's crew spotted evidence of what they believed were small deer but were more likely kangaroos. Furneaux also noted signs of an
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settlement in the form of "several huts or wigwams on shore, with several bags of grass in which they carry their shellfish." - but the branches of which the huts were made were "split and torn" and there was "not the least appearance of any people." Reliably mapped and offering an abundance of fresh water and game, Adventure Bay quickly became a popular anchorage for European explorers. Cook's ''Resolution'' watered there in 1777, followed by
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aboard in 1788 and in 1792. Others who resupplied their vessels in the bay in this period included
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aboard '' Recherche'' in 1792 and 1793, and
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in the corvette '' Géographe'' in 1802.
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Matthew Flinders
also tried to enter the bay with ''
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'' in 1798. That same year Adventure Bay became the site of whaling & timber stations.

European Settlement

British whalers were reported in Adventure Bay by 1804. Shore-based whaling stations operated in the bay from 1826 at four separate locations. During the 19th and 20th century Adventure Bay was used by the timber industry. Sheltered from all but strong north-easterly winds, the township of Adventure Bay at the southern end of the bay itself was the site of both extensive timber mills and a long jetty from where seagoing vessels could load timber. Dangerously exposed to north-easterly gales, several ships were driven ashore and wrecked there, the largest being the 241-
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''Natal Queen'' in 1909. Adventure Bay Post Office opened on 1 December 1890 and closed in 1974. Adventure Bay is now largely a tourist destination. Facilities in town include a general store that sells petrol and a cafe. It is also the location for cruises around the island.



Tasman's name,
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Storm Bay
, survives in describing the larger inlet to the north and northeast of Adventure Bay, containing the mouth of the Derwent River
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Further reading

* {{authority control Towns in Tasmania Whaling in Australia Southern Tasmania Bruny Island Whaling stations in Australia