Dongara is a chilled out coastal town blessed with charming heritage buildings, stunning white sand beaches and year-round holiday weather.
The quickest way to get there from Perth is also the prettiest. Starting at Yanchep, the Indian Ocean Drive leads you on a four-hour scenic drive, passing pristine beaches, towering dunes, dazzling spring wildflowers and many fishing and surfing hotspots.
Immerse yourself in Dongara’s fascinating history and charming colonial heritage along the 1.6 kilometre Dongara-Denison Heritage Trail. The beautifully restored Russ Cottage (circa 1860s) presents the perfect example of a traditional yeoman’s cottage. From here, head for the Old Police Station (circa 1870), now the Irwin District Museum, and step inside a piece of pioneering history that chronicles the hardships and triumphs of the era.
Lovers of nature and the outdoors will enjoy the many walk trails leading to Dongara’s twin town of Port Denison, the scenic Coral Coast and Irwin River landscapes. Keep an eye out for marine fossils along the river banks.
For a snorkel, kayak or surf in the clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, head for one of the region’s long and sweeping white sand beaches (all equipment is available for hire in town).
If you’re visiting between August and October, take a day trip or guided tour into wildflower country to view some of the most dazzling floral displays, including the iconic blankets of pink, white and yellow everlastings.
Young families can fill a day with fun at the activity park, barnyard or wildlife park and enjoy lunch in the shade of the historic Moreton Bay fig trees that line the main street.
To eat, sleep and breathe Dongara heritage, book a room at the Priory Hotel, or choose from motels, units, caravan parks and holiday homes.