Carnarvon Visitor Information
Carnarvon is a town in the state of Western Australia. Situated close to the mouth of the Gascoyne River, the area is located 910 kilometres north-north-west of Perth, the state capital. The community, which has an estimated population of 5,283 residents (making it the largest in the Gascoyne Region), was named in honour of Henry Herbert, the Fourth Earl of Carnarvon. Its main industries include agriculture, fishing, mining, and tourism.
While it was first settled in 1876, it was not until 1883 that Carnarvon was officially declared a town. The site was founded as a port and supply centre to service the immediately surrounding region. Serving as Administrative Centre for the Shire of Carnarvon Local Government Area, the community is part of the North West State District (in the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia) and the Federal Division of Durack (in the Australian House of Representatives).
Thanks to its cultural, historical, and natural heritage, Carnarvon has numerous attractions for locals and visitors to experience and enjoy. These town features regularly draw people to the area, thereby making significant contributions to local economy. Notable sites include Bibbawarra Bore, Big Dish, Cape Cuvier Coast, Carnarvon Tramway Museum, Dampier Salt Mines, Gnaraloo, Kennedy Range National Park, Kingsford Smith Rail Run, Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage Museum, One-Mile Jetty, Quobba, Rocky Pool, The Blowholes, The Fascine, and Tramway and Town Walk Trail.