Top Trail: One Mile Jetty, Carnarvon
Learn about the flora and fauna of the Gascoyne Rivermouth and discover the heritage precinct of Carnarvon as you walk from the town centre to One Mile Jetty. Here you can stroll along the historical jetty or take a ride on the “Coffee Pot” train.
About the Trail
One Mile Jetty is located in Carnarvon, 904 kilometres north of Perth, Western Australia. This three kilometre easy walk trail runs from the Tramway Bridge in the town centre, along the railway line to the Precinct and the One Mile Jetty. This enjoyable walk allows close observation of the flora and fauna of the region with the help of interpretive signage.
Walk or take the "Coffee Pot" train along the historical One Mile Jetty, built in 1897. View the Gascoyne Rivermouth, mangrove and marine life, migrating birds and jetty activity (renowned for its great fishing) with sunset a particularly attractive time to go.
The Tramway Bridge was constructed during the 1900's to transport goods between the port of Carnarvon and the town centre. During the main tourist season there is a rail link along the tramway from the town centre to the Heritage Precinct, providing a scenic 20 minute trip each way.
Additionally, visit the restored Lighthouse Keepers Cottage Museum, the Railway Museum (home of the fully restored Kimberley Steam train that operated from the Jetty to town in the 1950's), or enjoy a coffee or ice cream at the seasonal Guards van kiosk.
Need to Know
Carnarvon lies just south of the Tropic of Capricorn - a palm-fringed coastal oasis offering a platter of fresh tropical flavours and a good base for exploring World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef and the largest monocline on Earth - Mount Augustus. It takes two days to drive the 904 kilometres from Perth to Carnarvon on the North West Coastal Highway, or just a couple of hours aboard a flight from Perth airport. From Carnarvon, you have access to some of the State's best year-round fishing, surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, snorkelling and swimming spots, all dotted along a beautifully rugged stretch of coastline. Stand atop the cliffs at Cape Cuvier to drink in the ocean views - from June to November you might even spot humpback whales on their annual migration. It was Carnarvon's potential as a port that drew the early settlers here in 1876, and today The Carnarvon Heritage Precinct lives to tell many of its tales, offering museum insights and a ride on the Coffee Pot train along One Mile Jetty. The Gascoyne River and aquifer supports Carnarvon's thriving agricultural industry, inviting you to feast on a bounty of fresh bananas, mangoes, papaya, carambola melons, grapes and a huge variety of vegetables, direct from local plantations. Between the months of May and October, there's also a smorgasbord of prawns, scallops, crab and local fish to select from, hauled in by the town's own fishing fleet. Fill up your picnic basket and venture inland to enjoy a lazy day beside the iconic Australian waterholes of Rocky Pool - the ideal spot to watch day turn into night and gaze up into clear, star-filled skies. In Carnarvon itself, there's a good choice of accommodation options, including hotels, motels, holiday parks, backpackers, camping facilities and caravan parks. Looking for something on the wilder side? Then blaze a trail up the coast and take your pick from a string of authentic coastal outback station stays.
Carnarvon Visitor Centre
Civic Centre 21 Robinson Street, Carnarvon Western Australia 6701, Australia
Phone: (08) 9941 1146 | www.carnarvon.org.au
The Carnarvon Visitor Centre is your one stop touring shop, located on Robinson Street in the heart of town. The Visitor Centre provides a professional and comprehensive booking service for accommodation, tours and Integrity Coach Line services. Drop into the Visitor Centre upon your arrival, pick up some holiday information, maps, brochures and more. The friendly staff are available to provide you with all the information you require to make your stay in Carnarvon a memorable one. They look forward to welcoming you soon. The Carnarvon Visitor Centre is open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday 9am to 12pm and Closed Sunday from the first weekend in November through to the first weekend in June. Open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday and Sunday from first weekend in June to last weekend in October.