Carnarvon hosts a number of events which occur on a regular basis and have become well known throughout the State of Western Australia. From catching Red Emporer to watching the fireworks over the pristine fascine, there is something for everyone, young and the not so young.
This Festival forms part of the ‘Gascoyne in May” Festivals held in Shark Bay, Exmouth and Carnarvon during May and provides events and fun for the whole family including craft markets, float parades, live music and entertainment, stalls, competitions, food markets and much more. It is held at the Town Oval located in the centre of town and continues through the night. To find out more visit the Gascoyne in May website.
Carnarfin is a fishing competition open to all and is held the last week of May. It began in 1992 and has continued to get bigger and better every year. The prize pool exceeds $25,000 and prizes are awarded to the heaviest catch in each category. For more information visit the Carnarfin website.
Kickstarters Gascoyne Dash
The “Gassy Dash” as known by locals and competitors, is a desert race and is in memory of the late and local identity Neville Brandstater who tragically drowned in the Lyndon River in 1995. It is a motor sport that pits car against car and bike against bike with the quickets of each to determine who will be crowned ‘King of the River’.The race is situated between the town of Carnarvon and Gascoyne Junction, West Australia and is raced across some of the harshest country in Australia. The Dash refers to what previously was boats racing down the flooded Gascoyne River however the river rarely flows so bikes and cars replaced the boats.
Comparison has been made between the Dash and the Finke Desert Race. Both races are a true test of machine and competitor, both are races that promote the unique Australian outback. The Dash is a point to point race over a hugely varied landscape, a cross country course extensively consisting of natural desert and outback terrain. In excess of 500km over two days the Dash is long and tough; it is an ultimate challenge. To read more about this great event visit the Gascoyne Dash website.
Courtyard Craft Markets and Gascoyne Growers Markets
Every Saturday morning from May to October, the Carnarvon Courtyard Markets and Gascoyne Growers Markets operates from the Civic Centre courtyard right outside the Carnarvon Visitor Centre. Produce on offer includes locally made crafts, a variety of fruit and vegetables, not to mention a hot coffee and muffin or cake while you stroll the stalls. The markets are plastic bag free so please ensure that you bring along your own green bags. For more information on the Markets please contact the Carnarvon Visitor Centre on (08) 99411146.