Brief History of Carnarvon Carnarvon is located 904 km north of Perth on the west coast of the
Gascoyne Region of Western Australia. Lying at the mouth of the Gascoyne River, Carnarvon, was originally
settled by two farming families, the Browns & the Brockmans in 1876, after early exploratory expeditions
were made by Francis Gregory.
The Aboriginals know this area as Kuwinywardu (Kow-win-wordo) meaning 'neck of water'. The
Aboriginal people of the area are the Inggarda, Baiyunga, Thalanji, Malgana and Thudgarri. The town was gazetted in
1883 and named after the 4th Earl of Carnarvon (Henry Howard Molyneux) who was the Secretary of State for the
Colonies from 1866-1867 & 1874-1878. More history of Carnarvon .
Things You May Not Know About Carnarvon The timber fascine along the Gascoyne River in Carnarvon was built by
settlers in 1910 and completed in 1925. The fascine (timber retaining wall) is only one of two fascines in
the world and was built to prevent erosion of the river banks during floods.
Carnarvon's Big Banana was original used as a gimmick for a Service Station/Video Store in Northam , Western Australia.
Carnarvon is located at the only place in Australia where the desert reaches out into the sea.
Plantations use a sprinkler system for irrigation from water extracted from
the underground aquifers in the Gascoyne River The Gascoyne River is the longest river in Western Australia.
There are over 70 banana plantations in Carnarvon, covering 350 hectares and producing over 4,000 tonnes of bananas
The Bibbawarra Bore was used to supply much needed drinking water to cattle and sheep of the area. The
hot artesian water from the bore would cool as it flowed down a 175m long trough to the waiting livestock.
Astronaut Neil Armstrong's famous words "One small step for man. One giant leap for mankind" were
relayed to the world via the OTC Dish at Carnarvon.
The most commonly grown Mango in Carnarvon's Mango Plantations are Kensington Pride, accounting for nearly 90% of all crops.
The main street (Robinson St) is 40m wide, just as it was in the early days when camel teams would
cart the wool into town. They needed all the room they could get to manoeuvre their carts.
Carnarvon once had a shark processing factory.
Charles Kingsford Smith lived in Carnarvon after setting up the
Gascoyne Transport Company.
In 1941, the HMAS Sydney II was attacked and sunk by a German raider off the coast, west of Carnarvon. The
location of the ship still remains a mystery. A memorial drive was built to honour the men lost in Australia's worst naval tragedy.
One Mile Jetty became the first port in Australia to transport livestock by sea.
Where To Hang Your Hat ?Carnarvon has quite a variety of accommodation to suit everyone's
tastes, needs and budget. They have over eight caravan parks, numerous hotels and a backpackers right on the
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Shire of Carnarvon