The Carnarvon plantation area (161 plantations) includes about 1020ha of cropped horticultural land. Vegetables are grown on about 570ha, 350ha are planted to bananas, and 100ha to tree fruits. In 2007 the Gascoyne Horticultural district grew 39,000 tonnes of produce worth $87.6 million. Production trends are influenced by seasonal factors such as cyclones, river flows, pest and diseases. The diversity of the produce grown in the area is considerable, some being tropical fruits, paw paw, mangoes, citrus, stone, avocados, grapes and vegetable crops such as tomatoes, beans, capsicums and asparagus.
The townsite is built at the mouth of the GascoyneRiver. Irrigation and drinking water are drawn from the acquifers in the GascoyneRiver which are replenished during river flows. Water is rationed and each grower receives an annual allocation. The water is of good quality. Plantations are situated along the GascoyneRiver from about 5 to 19km inland from the river mouth.
Salt & Gypsum Mining
LakeMacLeod is situated 65km north of Carnarvon. This large near coastal lake occupies 2072 square kilometres separated from the Indian Ocean by coastal dunes and outcrops of rock. The lake is 110km long and 40km across its widest section.
The geological data of the lake consists of a layer of gypsite (natural gypsum) which is now mined, approximately 2 metres thick, overlaying a body of halite (mineral salt) which measures up to 6 metres deep. In 2008/2009 mining production was valued at $110.3million.
In 2006/2007 season the region’s fishing catch total 5805 tonnes and was estimated at $56.7m. The catch is dominated by prawns, however molluscs, lobster, crabs and a variety of wetline fish are also caught in the Gascoyne and processed at on shore operations at Carnarvon, Exmouth and SharkBay.
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115,800 square kilometres of the Gascoyne is taken up by pastoral stations. The production of meat and wool are the primary activities however many stations are diversifying in goat domestication, horticulture (grapes) inland aquaculture and outback tourism.
Carnarvon is famous worldwide for its varied and amazing attractions exclusive to this part of our State – Mt Augustus, the biggest rock in the world, beautiful wildflowers and a fishing paradise along our coast. The scenery is spectacular and our best natural asset is our weather . Average maximum of January is 31ºC and July 22ºC. Highest recorded temperature 47.7ºC. Average yearly rainfall 229mm. Average yearly temperature 26.6ºC. Population 6800. Carnarvon, the hub of the Gascoyne, has grown in stature over the years as a popular base to shop and sample locally grown produce and fish.