Carnarvan is the next centre travelling south after Exmouth and Coral Bay, and again also after another long drive. Carnarvan is also the most western major centre in Australia, and what a nice commercial centre it is. Carnarvan is an ‘oasis’ town with the production of many agricultural products in the immediate area.

The town was founded in 1883, initially as a port and supply centre for the surrounding region, and is the administrative centre for the Shire of Carnarvon, the town site was officially gazetted on 4 June 1891. It was named after Henry Herbert, 4th Earl of Carnarvon, Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies.

During the 1960s, NASA set up a tracking station nearby to support the Gemini and Apollo space program. The tracking station was closed in the mid 1970s. Only the foundations of what was an historical site remain. See also OTC Satellite Earth Station Carnarvon.

Carnarvan is also the closest major centre to that area in the Indian Ocean where the HMAS Sydney 11 was sunk with the total loss of life in 1942. The Memorial Avenue in Carnarvan is a worthy acknowledgement to this awful tragedy.

The Hotels in Carnarvan are great old buildings are representative of the era of the great Aussie Pubs.

The Catholic and Anglican Churches are traditional designs.

The Carnarvan War Memorial is located in the centre of town.

The Carnarvan Museum is located at the Indian Ocean Wharf. The Wharf is also an historic structure.

 Carnarvan is one of those places to allow time to enjoy.

Diary notes


Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course