Carnarvon is located 895 km north of Perth located between Shark Bay and the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage area. It is a popular holiday destination and in 2018 received WA’s Top Tourism Award with a population under 5000. Since the 1930s it has become known for its produce grown in the rich fertile soil enriched by the Gascoyne River. The Gascoyne River is 865 kilometres long, the longest river in Western Australia, and it is known as an upside-down river. Water supplies come from the aquifers, the underground water systems beneath and next to the river. Today it supplies water to approximately 47000 tonnes of fruit and vegetables every year, worth about $100 million, including a wide variety of produce such as bananas, mangoes, grapes, tomatoes, melons, pumpkins and beans. Seafood is also a major industry with a variety of fish, prawns, scallops and crabs caught along the vast coastline.
Today the town has a range of tourist and local attractions and is an important service centre for surrounding communities. Carnarvon has an extraordinary history and offers a range of activities including fishing, snorkelling, whale watching, surfing, and various community events including festivals and live shows. Visit www.carnarvon.org.au for further information on events in Carnarvon and places to explore.
Gascoyne Growers Market & Food Festival
Red Bluff Quobba Station
Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum
Carnarvon Heritage Precinct
Bernier and Dorre Islands