This delightful tropical port town at the mouth of the Gascoyne River, 902km north of Perth, not only produces most of WA’s bananas and a load of its vegetables, but it’s the land base for some of the best fishing grounds in the state.
First settled in 1883, it was the first port in Australia, and probably the world, from where livestock was transported regularly on a commercial basis by sea. Thriving prawning and scallop industries also operate from Carnarvon and the Lake Macleod Salt Mine, 65km north of town, produces anything up to 1.5m tonnes of salt per year.
Marlin and sailfish can be had out to sea, the river and the beaches abound with fish, and the town’s 1493m-long jetty off Babbage Island in the bay is popular for mulloway, shark, tailor and mackerel, to name but a few of the varieties caught from here.
Needless to say, if you like crabs, prawns, lobster, and scallops, you’ll find some of the best right here at Carnarvon. There are some great beaches, too, and Carnarvon is a recognised spot for whale-watching.
Fremantle - Carnarvon Yacht Race (May - even years), Carnafin Fishing Competition (June - odd years),
In the area
Fishing - for snapper, groper, marlin and game fishing. Charter boast available
Carnarvon Maritime Heritage Precinct - on Babbage Island, connected to the town by a causeway. Museum, lighthouse keepers cottage, steam train and jetty
Whaling Tours - April to October
Westoby Banana Plantation - with tours, 5 km east
Munro's Banana Plantation - tours in season, 10 north
Blowholes and cairn - for the loss of HMAS Sydney, 73 km north
Visitor Information Centre - 11 Robinson Street, Carnarvon