Carnarvon, Western Australia
Whether you want to experience natural wonders, extraordinary local history, adventure or chance to bliss our, Carnarvon has it all.
Laid-back Carnarvon is perfectly positioned between Shark Bay to the south and the Ningaloo World Heritage areas to the north. It’s the starting point for your next adventure but stay a while and discover this fascinating town’s historic, cultural and foodie highlights. About 5,000 people currently call Carnarvon home, and the population is a rich mix of heritages and cultures.
Sitting on the edge of the mighty Gascoyne River delta. Carnarvon is a tropical oasis in a parched landscape. Thanks to this unique geographical advantage, Carnarvon’s fertile plantations and farms supply the majority of Perth’s fruit and vegetables during the winter months. And yet, if you visit during the summer months, this mighty river is dry as a bone; its parched, wide riverbed leaving an echo of its true nature, owing only after the rains fall further inland. Known as an ephemeral river, the Gascoyne is the key to Carnarvon’s extraordinary place in WA’s agricultural story. Its proximity to the bountiful Indian Ocean also means that Carnarvon has a thriving prawn, scallop, crab and fishing industry so make sure you sample some local specialities in Carnarvon.
Carnarvon is 904km north of Perth and 1,461km south of Broome. You’ll find it right on the edge of Australia's Coral Coast, in the middle of the Shark Bay and Ningaloo World Heritage areas.
If you're travelling from the south to Carnarvon along the North West Coastal Highway, turn left onto Carnarvon Road 6km before Carnarvon, an alternative access road into Carnarvon town centre.
If you miss the turn off, don’t panic: just turn left at the T-junction of Robinson Street and North West Coastal Highway, opposite Caltex and head into town.
If you're arriving from the north to Carnarvon along the North West Coastal Highway, just continue down Robinson Street.
Before setting off on your adventure it is important to check road conditions. Rainfall in the area can close the roads. Main Roads can provide information on major roads and highways, call 138 138 for current and updated information. For local road conditions and coastal stations, it is important to contact the stations directly or the Visitor Centre on (08) 9941 1146.
Don’t forget to look out for animals – you could encounter sheep, kangaroos, goats, cows, horses wandering across the road. Make sure you travel with plenty of water, food supplies and fuel so that should you have a break-down, you are self-sufficient until help arrives. Limited services are available at station shops, so your only closest destination for supplies is your return back to Carnarvon. Finally make sure your vehicle is ready for the trip including spare tyres and any necessarily items for your off-road adventure.
Integrity Coach Lines currently operates several bus services travelling both north and south to and from Carnarvon. For reservations contact the team at the Carnarvon Visitor Centre on (08) 9941 1146.
Regional Express operates three days per week (due to COVID-19) from Perth to Carnarvon and has both direct flights.The direct flight duration is approximately 2 hours.
Carnarvon has a choice of two Car Hire companies, Avis and Budget Car Rental. Both companies are located at the Carnarvon Terminal for arriving passengers, although you can of course book your car hire prior to arrival.