Carnarvon lies between Exmouth and Monkey Mia, 904km north of Perth. The largest town in the Gascoyne region, Carnarvon offers sparkling beaches, brilliant displays of wildflowers and spectacular ocean blowholes.
The warm winters and hot summers that Carnarvon enjoys allow for immense tropical fruit growing, primarily bananas, and mangos on the flats of the Gascoyne River. Carnarvon is a large and thriving desert oasis where outstanding seafood can be caught from the purest oceans around Australias Coral Coast.
Original settlers in Carnarvon drove 4000 sheep from York east of Perth seeking warmer agricultural land. By 1883, Carnarvon had enough settlers for it to be gazetted as a town. Some of Australias largest sheep stations were set up and the jetty 1493m became the first port in Western Australia, and perhaps the world, to regularly export livestock.
Ships and then camels were used to transport supplies and stock; Carnarvons roads are an impressive 40m wide in order to allow the long camel trains room to turn and change direction whilst carrying a full load. Roads of similar width are features of Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie, for the same reason.
Today, the wide streets of Carnarvon still remain and beautiful hibiscus, with tall palms and bright bougainvilleas growing along them.
Carnarvons hinterlands produce superb fresh fruit and vegetables; avocadoes, mangoes, pineapples, paw paws, melons, beans, dates, jojoba, macadamia nuts, tomatoes and pecans. The constant supply of water from the Gascoyne River helps grow these crops, undoubtedly some of the best tasting produce in the world.
But while you may see the crops being irrigated from the river, you may well not see any water in the Gascoyne River. The mighty Gascoyne River runs only underground for much of the year!
In addition to this, Carnarvon provides a base for some amazing fishing. Sailfish, marlin and other game fish can be wrestled into submission out on the impossibly blue Indian Ocean. Mulloway, shark, tailor and mackerel can be hooked right from the rivers and beaches. Luscious seafood delicacies such as juicy prawns and crabs, tender scallops and melt-in-your-mouth crayfish are in abundance.
Sights around Carnarvon Township include the sheep station that became a NASA space-tracking station in the 1960s. Neil Armstrongs famous words upon landing on the moon in July of 1969 oOne small step for man. One giant step for mankind were made possible by this outback installation. The Carnarvon space-tracking station played a vital role in the Apollo Space Missions and was the means through which the world first heard these historic worlds.
Visit one of the many plantations or look out over the Gascoyne River, one of the only areas in Western Australia where the desert meets the sea.
The Blowholes, 70km north of Carnarvon, make for an awesome display when powerful jets of water are pushed as high as 20m into the air through holes in the costal rocks.
Wildflowers abound in season; mulla mullas, starflowers and the Ashburton Pea intermingle with fields of everlastings.
Carnarvon makes an ideal stopover between Monkey Mia and Shark Bay and Coral Bay and Exmouth, the towns closest to the Ningaloo Reef.
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