Sites & Attractions

One Mile Jetty
One Mile Jetty The historical One Mile Jetty was built in 1897. Visitors have the option of walking the 1.6km or taking the “Coffee Pot” train out to the end where you can view mangrove and marine life, beautiful sunsets or throw in a line to try your luck. The One Mile Jetty is renowned for Mulloway, Tailor, Brim all year. Blue manor crabs can be caught between March and July and mud crabs all year.
Temporarily Closed Until Further Notice

 

The Overseas Telecommunications Dish

OTC Dish

OTC Dish

The Overseas Telecommunications Base is situated on Brown’s Range and ceased to operate as an earth satellite base on 31st March 1987. Carnarvon was the site of Australia’s first earth station for satellite communications and during the “Gemini” and “Apollo” space missions, it was the station that transmitted the first live TV from Australia to the outside world (to London) on 25 Nov 1966. The OTC station also  relayed the first live TV into WA on 21 July 1969. This second event was Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the Moon received in Canberra and transmitted via a Pacific communications satellite to the Carnarvon station and along a new coaxial cable to Perth TV stations and into the homes of West Australians.The Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum was opened in June 2012 by Dr Buzz Aldrin and documents the towns role in the space race.
Gwoonwardu Mia- Gascoyne Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Gwoonwardu Mia The Gascoyne regions five aboriginal groups come together to celebrate and recognise indigenous culture. You can experience the Gascoyne’s Aboriginal history, art, heritage and culture by visiting the remarkable national award winning interactive exhibition Burlganyja Wanggaya-Old People Talking that tells the stories of the Gascoyne’s Aboriginal people in their own words.Please note that this venue is temporarily closed.
Plantations
banana bunch The Carnarvon Plantation area includes approximately 1020ha of cropped horticultural land. Plantations line the banks of the Gascoyne River and total 161 with an average size of 10.7ha.There is a diverse range of tropical fruits and vegetables grown on the plantations which you can purchase from the stalls or sheds
Blow Holes

Discovered in 1911, the Blowholes are located 73km from Carnarvon. The turnoff is 24kms north via the North West Coastal Highway and then its 49kms to the coast on all bitumen road. A powerful jet of water is forced with enormous pressure through holes in the rock, sometimes to a height of 20m. One kilometre south of the Blows lies a pristine beach protected by a coral reef. A small pool adjacent to the island known by locals as the “aquarium” contains tropical fish and shells.

DSC_0231 Please note that fishing is prohibited within the Blowholes Reserve Area.No fresh water is available at the “blows” so ensure that you have plenty before you leave Carnarvon. Danger: although this is a beautiful spot, parts of the area can also be dangerous so keep a wary eye on the tides and beware of KING WAVES! Camping is permitted at a fee of $11.00/person/night (incl GST)however it is suggested that you contact the Shire Rangers on (0408 942 945) prior to making your trip up the coast to determine if there are available campsites.Campers are advised that the maximum length of stay for overnight campers/caravans at the Blowholes and Gladstone Campgrounds is thirty (30) days in any calendar year  ; this regulation to be incorporated in the pending management plans for these areas.
 The Northern Coastline
Red Bluff web version For information on these sites and more contact the Carnarvon Visitors Centre on (08) 9941 1146:

  • Miaboolya Beach
  • Quobba Station
  • Red Bluff
  • Three Mile
  • Gnaraloo Bay
  • Warroora

 

Coral Bay

Coral Bay

Coral Bay

Coral Bay is less than 3hours drive north of Carnarvon on the North West Coastal Highway.The Bay offers a myriad of water based activities such as scuba diving, coral viewing (glass bottom boat) and feeding of the fish. All levels of accommodation are available.
 Outback Sites and Travelling

If you are travelling by vehicle in the outback, you are reminded that the vast area has limited facilities so you should always plan ahead by taking enough water, have a good road map, notifying someone of where you are going, checking on road conditions, weather forecast and making sure that your vehicle is in good running order. Always get permission from the Station owners prior to venturing onto their property.

There is also an abundance of wildlife which traverse our highways and roads so always be on the lookout for kangaroos, emus, sheep, goats and cattle.

Outback-Sites-and-Travelling Never go off the beaten track unless you have permission from Station owners and always make sure that you leave gates the way you found them. Try to avoid lighting fires where possible and always take your rubbish with you. Should you have any pets,please keep them on a leash.Road condition reports can be obtained from:

  • Main Roads WA (08) 9941 0777
  • Shire of Carnarvon (08) 9941 0000
  • Shire of Upper Gascoyne (08) 9943 0509
Kennedy Range

The Kennedy Range National Park is approximately 163km east of Carnarvon and running north from Gascoyne Junction. The ranges are 75km long and up to 30m wide. The park offers spectacular scenery of gorges and precipitous faces, with a vast plateau of ancient dunefields on top of the range. The area still retains a wilderness feeling, and camping beneath the stark sandstone cliffs is an experience not to be missed.
A number of walk trails to particularly scenic locations can be found through out the park. Most trails in the Kennedy Range are unmodified with basic marking. A brochure is available from the Carnarvon Visitor Centre or from DEC regarding information on each individual trail including their difficulty rating & the approximate times needed to complete the trails.

Mount Augustus

450kms east of Carnarvon lies Mount Augustus national park, named on 31st August 1858 by F T Gregory and brother Augustus who were then leading an expedition in search of the remains of Dr Leichardt. Mt Augustus is 1,150m above sea level and 715m above the surrounding plain. The main difference between Ayers Rock and Mount Augustus is that the former is a monolith and the later is a monocline.

mtaugsunset Mt Augustus is twice the size of Ayers Rock but is clad in low scrub. The granite rock which lies beneath the surface is between 1650 to 1750 million years old. Mt Augustus is located 37km from Cobra Bangemall Inn. Accommodation is only 5km from the base of the Rock at the Mt Augustus Tourist Park (08)9943 0565. Road conditions vary from season to season and up to date information can be sought at the Carnarvon or the Gascoyne Junction Shire Office.

Lighthouse Keepers Cottage - Heritage Precinct

Lighthouse Keepers Cottage – Heritage Precinct

Heritage Precinct

The precinct is located at the original port of Carnarvon and was first developed in 1897 with the installation of a lighthouse and jetty. At the precinct you can enjoy the jetty walk, ocean tramway, Kimberley Steam Train, walktrails, fishing, railway station and rolling stock and the Lighthouse Cottage Museum.  Step back in time to the early 1900’s and take a walk down memory lane through the Lighthouse Keepers Cottage Museum restored to the times of our pioneers who looked after the Lighthouse.  The precinct also houses the Railway Museum, home of the fully restored Kimberley Steam train that operated from the Jetty to town in the 1950’s or enjoy a coffee, icecream or light lunch at the new Interpretive Centre.

Located at the Heritage Precinct is also the Shearing Hall of Fame – The Heritage Group in collaboration with the Gascoyne Pastoral and Shearing Museum Inc. have opened WA’s first Sharing Hall of Fame.  Read about gun shearers and big sheds.  Learn about the golden days of the Gascoyne shearing indusry in the 1950’s.