Visit Morel’s Plantation a 400m stroll from Wintersun for a range of exotic tropical fruits, vegetables and homemade icecreams. You can’t go past a chocolate coated banana icecream!
Visit the Carnarvon “Growers Markets” in the courtyard alongside the Carnarvon Visitor Centre on Saturday mornings from May to October to pick up locally grown fruit and vegetables. Arts, crafts, giftware, jewellery, breakfast burgers and freshly brewed coffee are also available.
Take a self-drive tour along North and South River Roads and stop at the famous Cactus Garden as well as plantations such as Bumbak’s, Parry’s Organic, Tipton’s and Westut Plantation to buy in-season fresh produce direct from local growers. Most of these shops are small family run businesses and operate on an honour box system. However some plantations have diversified to now offer jams, preserves, dried and frozen produce, ice creams and smoothies.
– If you don’t have any luck catching your own, stop in at Pickles Point Seafood to pick up fresh seafood including prawns, scallops and crabs.
Enjoy a spot of fishing from the beach or boat. Common catches include pink snapper, red emperor, tailor, groper, mackerel and blue manna crabs from May-August.
Carnar-FIN Fishing Competition is a week-long competition held end of May/early June. For more information contact the Carnarvon Chamber of Commerce [email protected]
Other spots for fishing include Oyster and Uendoo creeks, New Beach, Bush Bay and Gladstone which are south of Carnarvon. Miaboolya Beach (north of town) and Dorre & Bernier Islands are located 50km west of Carnarvon. The best time to visit the islands is from April to October.
During the months of May to November it is common to see migrating humpback whales and their calves.
For tide times and fishing tips contact the Carnarvon Visitor Centre.
Carnarvon is surrounded by the Ningaloo Reef Marine Park and Shark Bay World Heritage Area however we also have some beautiful beaches of our own. Pelican Point is a great spot to stop for a swim and a picnic lunch as well as the town beach at the Fascine. Kite surfers can be seen out and about around Pelican point when the wind is right.
70kms north of Carnarvon are awe aspiring jets of water erupting into the air. 1km south of the Blowholes is a white sandy beach and colourful coral filled lagoon. Pack a picnic and snorkel! Drive north of the Blowholes to beautiful Quobba Station and the world class beaches of Red Bluff and Gnaraloo.
Rocky Pool is a beautiful, deep, fresh water pool situated 45km east of Wintersun Caravan Park on the Gascoyne Junction Road. It is a tranquil place to have a BBQ picnic and admire wildflowers and birdlife.
One Mile Jetty Built in 1897 for exporting wool and livestock from the region. It is currently closed for repairs however it is still a great place to visit with Sunset’s Cafe and the Railway & Shearers Hall of Fame and Lighthouse Keepers Cottage. These displays showcase the history of shearing in the Gascoyne Region and beautifully restored relics from the days when our pioneers looked after the lighthouse. The Museums are open from 10am-1pm.
The Gascoyne River is unusual in that the water sits unseen below the riverbed in underground reserves for the majority of the year. Periodically the river flows visibly after heavy rainfall is experienced in the inland catchment areas. This provides an impressive sight for visitors & locals alike who are lucky enough to be in town to watch the water come down.
This water filters through the river sand to the underground aquifers. It is then drawn to supply the town and horticultural areas with water.
Visit Rotary Park, Chinaman’s Pool or the old bridge platform adjacent to the Sweeter Banana packing shed (cnr North West Coastal Highway and North River Road) to gain the best views of the river in town.
The Gascoyne Food Festival is a three day event celebrating the region’s sumptuous produce. Well renowned Perth chefs visit producers and showcase their amazing produce at events in Carnarvon such as the BBQ on beach, Long Table Lunch and Gascoyne Growers Markets. For more information please visit www.gascoynefood.com.au
The Gascoyne in May Festival incorporating the Tropicool Festival is a circuit of music and fire festivals as well as workshops around the Gascoyne region. Each festival is themed to reflect its diverse and individual location, each celebrating and sharing local culture in their own Gascoyne style. Festival events include the Burringurrah Festival of Fire, Barefoot Black Tie in Denham, Gascoyne River Music Festival, Festival of the Reef in Coral Bay, Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival in Exmouth and TropiCOOL Festival in Carnarvon. For more information visit www.gascoyneinmay.com.au
The Kickstarters Gascoyne Dash is another major event that draws people to the region over the Easter long weekend. The Dash is a genuine desert race on motorbikes and buggies going cross country through 500 kilometres of natural desert and outback terrain. The event is held every Easter and is a great experience for visitors wanting to see the real Australian outback. For more information go to www.gasdash.com
The OTC Satellite Dish dominating the skyline in Carnarvon is a huge telecommunications dish affectionately known as “The Dish”. Built in conjunction with NASA in 1966 the station was involved in the Gemini and Apollo space missions. You can climb up the base of the dish for a spectacular panoramic view of the town and surrounding plantations. Visit the new Space and Technology Museum which is listed as one of the Top 100 Bucket List Experiences in WA. The museum was opened in 2011 by Astronaut Buzz Aldrin and features relics, artefacts and interactive displays. Phase 3 of the museum was opened by the last man on the moon, Gene Cernan on 28th May 2016.
The Kennedy Range National Park lies roughly 165km east of Carnarvon and are 75km long. Erosion on the eastern side of the range has created spectacular cliffs. The cliffs are accessible by road and are a popular picnic spot. This is an ideal day trip from Wintersun. You will marvel at the fossils (including marine life!) and beautiful stones that are found in this untouched region.
Mount Augustus is the largest rock in the world, twice the size of Ayers Rock (Uluru). It abruptly rises 2354 feet above the surrounding plains and is 1750 million years old. Fascinating geological formations, aboriginal rock paintings and rich bird life can be found here. Please check road conditions with the Carnarvon Visitor Centre and Shire of Upper Gascoyne before you commence your journey to Mount Augustus.
Visit the Carnarvon Civic Centre’s website www.carnarvonciviccentre.com
for up to date information regarding live shows, movies and other acts coming to town.
The Art Gallery and Library is a beautiful new venue which features regular art exhibitions. It is a comfortably furnished venue for those wanting to relax and read or browse the net on the computer workstations. The library offers temporary membership to visitors wishing to use the facility to hire items from their collection of books, magazines, puzzles, audio books, DVDs and videos. It is also a good stop off point for anyone interested in learning more about the local history.
The Carnarvon Speedway is a very popular attraction in Carnarvon as is the local horse races at the Carnarvon Race Club. Both have extensive calendars of events so for more information please visit www.carnarvonspeedway.com.au and www.carnarvonraceclub.com