Carnarvon is a coastal town situated approximately 900 kilometres north of Perth, Western Australia. It lies at the mouth of the Gascoyne River on the Indian Ocean. The popular Shark Bay world heritage area lies to the south of the town and the Ningaloo Reef and the popular tourist town of Exmouth lie to the north.
On average the Gascoyne River only flows for 120 days a year ... well, flows above the surface of the riverbed for 120 days a year. It is one of the strangest sights in Australia to drive across the river - it is a broad river and the modern bridge is impressive - look below and see a totally dry riverbed and observe the pipes and pumps on the riverbanks. The river's water table (known as its aquifers) lie below the sand and it is possible to access them by drilling through the sand until you reach the water. It is equally possible to go for a walk across the dry riverbed. It is firm - people even ride cars and motorbikes on it - and you would never know there is water below.
The One Mile Jetty stretches 1493 metres into the bay on the western side of Babbage Island. It was built in 1897, added to in 1904 and widened in 1912. Carnarvon was the first port to load live sheep. However, it discontinued the operation in 1966 when road transport replaced the ships that plied the coast. It is possible to catch the Coffee Pot Train.
Carnarvon prides itself in being a holiday destination with a mild climate and plenty of water activities including boating, swimming, surfing, kite boarding, paddle boarding, windsurfing and canoeing.
• Carnarvon Visitor Centre
• One Mile Jetty
• Gascoyne Growers’ Market
• Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum
• Carnarvon Fascine
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