Carnarvon lies just south of the Tropic of Capricorn – a palm-fringed coastal oasis offering a platter of fresh tropical flavours and a good base for exploring World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef and the largest monocline on Earth – Mount Augustus.
It takes two days to drive the 904 kilometres from Perth to Carnarvon on the North West Coastal Highway, or just a couple of hours aboard a flight from Perth airport.
From Carnarvon, you have access to some of the State’s best year-round fishing, surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, snorkelling and swimming spots, all dotted along a beautifully rugged stretch of coastline. Stand atop the cliffs at Cape Cuvier to drink in the ocean views – from June to November you might even spot humpback whales on their annual migration.
It was Carnarvon’s potential as a port that drew the early settlers here in 1876, and today The Carnarvon Heritage Precinct lives to tell many of its tales, offering museum insights and a ride on the Coffee Pot train along One Mile Jetty.
The Gascoyne River and aquifer supports Carnarvon’s thriving agricultural industry, inviting you to feast on a bounty of fresh bananas, mangoes, papaya, carambola melons, grapes and a huge variety of vegetables, direct from local plantations.
Between the months of May and October, there’s also a smorgasbord of prawns, scallops, crab and local fish to select from, hauled in by the town’s own fishing fleet.
Fill up your picnic basket and venture inland to enjoy a lazy day beside the iconic Australian waterholes of Rocky Pool – the ideal spot to watch day turn into night and gaze up into clear, star-filled skies.
In Carnarvon itself, there’s a good choice of accommodation options, including hotels, motels, holiday parks, backpackers, camping facilities and caravan parks.
Looking for something on the wilder side? Then blaze a trail up the coast and take your pick from a string of authentic coastal outback station stays.