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Carnarvon - Cities, Towns and Localities
The coastal town of Carnarvon lies at the mouth of the Gascoyne River on the Indian Ocean. As the largest town in the Gascoyne region, midway between Exmouth and Monkey Mia, it offers a wonderful stop for visitors to the Coral Coast region.

With its warm winters, hot summers, and beautiful Coral Coast coastline, this tropical destination is only 904 km north of Perth. With world famous Monkey Mia and Shark Bay to the south, and Exmouth and Ningaloo Reef and Marine Park to the north, it makes an ideal place to stay, from which to visit the surrounding regions.

Check out our listing of Carnarvon accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Carnarvon Visitor Centre
Civic Centre
11 Robinson Street
Ph: 08 9941 1146

Carnarvon Attractions

Gascoyne River
Starting in the Robinson Ranges, west of the Gibson Desert, the Gascoyne River flows into Shark Bay and the Indian Ocean at Carnarvon. At 760 km, the Gascoyne River is the longest river in Western Australia. It is joined by the Lyons River (360 km long), about 160 km inland from the mouth of the Gascoyne River. It was named in 1839 by the explorer Lieutenant George Grey after his friend, Captain J Gascoyne (RN).

The river is said to be ‘upside-down’, flowing about 1/3 of the year above ground, then below the river bed for the rest of the year. It is in effect a huge water storage system with the river’s aquifers lying below the desert sands.
One Mile Jetty and Carnarvon Tramway
• Ph: 08 9941 1146
The historic One Mile Jetty is located 4 km west of Carnarvon. Construction on the timber jetty began in 1897 by contractors Atkins and Law and was completed in 1904. It was widened in 1912. At 1,493 m long, it is the longest jetty in the north west and was the first port in Australia to transport livestock by sea, as well as being used as a deep sea port for passengers and the shipment of local produce and wool to Perth. The state ships ceased using the jetty in 1966.

The tramway was built to link the town and the jetty, crossing the mangrove swamps around Babbage and Whitlock Islands. The Kia Ora was the first locomotive to be run along the jetty in 1909, replacing horses that were originally used to pull the cargo trucks and passenger carriages.

In 1904, until its abandoned in 1911, quarantine hospitals were set up on Bernier and Dorre Islands for Aborigines with leprosy and venereal disease, being transported via One Mile Jetty.

Now part of the Carnarvon Heritage Precinct, the tramway offers a 3 km walking and cycling trail between Olivia Terrace in Carnarvon the the Heritage Precinct around One Mile Jetty. As well as featuring many of the relics, the Carnarvon Heritage Precinct encompassed the Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage Museum, the Carnarvon Tramway and a memorial to Australia's worst naval disaster, the sinking of the HMAS Sydney.

The jetty is now a popular all year round fishing spot for locals.
Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage Museum
The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage was built around 1900 to house the lighthouse keeper and his family and was used until the 1970’s when the light became electric. Known as a  ‘Kitson Light’, it was originally on a fixed wooden frme tower, however, it was damaged by fire in 1909 again in 1961. In 1962, the wooden structure was replaced by the steel one which you see today.

Due to the effort of the local community and service clubs, the cottage was preserved, opened at the 1988 Bicentennial celebrations, and listed by the National Trust.
Carnarvon Tramway Museum • Carnarvon Heritage Group Inc
• Lot 1230, Annear Pl, BABBAGE ISLAND 6701 • Ph: 08 9941 4309 / 08 9941 3423 • Email
Home of the Kimberley Steam Train, which was built in Scotland in 1921 and has now been fully restored. The museum also contains the HSK Kormoran lifeboat which bought ashore German survivors from the sea battle with the HMAS Sydney at Carnarvon in WWII.
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Carnarvon Distance

Distance to Carnarvon
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Carnarvon:
• Broome 1,459
• Denham 328
• Exmouth 364
• Geraldton 479
• Perth 917
• Port Hedland 869
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.


Railtrails Australia - Carnarvon Tramway
can Collections Australia Network - Carnarvon Heritage Group
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