Onslow is an eighty kilometre return diversion of highway one. But you can be sure it is worth it. This great little town on the coast that is rich with very interesting history. Onslow is also a very friendly spot.

Onslow was originally founded in 1883 as a port at the mouth of the Ashburton River for exporting product, namely wool from the Pilbara. It was named after the then Chief Justice   Alexander Onslow of Western Australia Sir (18421908).

The new location for Onslow proved rather better protected from the cyclones' violence. However a major long-term drought between 1935 and 1941, during which time only one cyclone hit (in April 1937) and did not produce rain on the inland sheep stations, led to a decline in Onslow's fortunes.

During WW11 the town was bombed by the Japanese.

In1952 the British detonated an Atom Bomb on the nearby island of Montebello. The local pub and Museum have records on display.

There is only a single church in Onslow.

This great classic pub is old and survived a number of cyclones.

The War Memorial is a first rate acknowledgment.

The Museum gives justice to the town, people and events.

Be sure to take the time to do the elevated walk.

And also look over the recently intoduced salt production industry.

This is a great spot; be sure to stay at the beach side caravan park and allow a couple of days 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