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SHARK BAY TO GNARALOO
WA’s FOOD BOWL
There are a whopping 176 plantations in Carnarvon, and while the best time to visit them
is from November to March when the bananas and mangoes are in season, some stay
open all year round. Download a map of the Gascoyne Food Trail (gascoynefood.com.au).
Popular stops include Bumbak’s and Morel’s Orchard, but don’t overlook The River Gums
Cafe, a working plantation that has the best burgers in town. The River Gums Burger has
unbelievable tomato relish, and you can enjoy it with pretty scenery – the cafe is situated right
on the banks of the river. If you haven’t got much time to stop, keep an eye out for a roadside
stall. There are roughly 12 stalls on the food trail and some have honour boxes, so if you’re in
a rush you can just grab your groceries and leave the money. If it’s the locally caught seafood
that you’re after, you can buy crabs, scallops, prawns and fish direct from the processing
facilities at Pelican Point, One Mile Jetty and Pickles Point at the harbour. Pickles Point is
regularly changing its stock but the most sought-after seafood doesn’t last long! At any given
time they might have oysters, rock lobster (crayfish) and superb fish including red emperor
and pink snapper. Your best bet is to join the locals and sign up to their Facebook page so
you’ll be first in line when they post about fresh, new stock. Green thumbs on their way back
to Perth should head to the Tropical Nursery for herbs, citrus trees and fruit trees – the prices
are loads cheaper than you’ll find in Perth.
FISHING IN CARNARVON
Sandwiched between two marine parks, Carnarvon is one of the best places on the coast
to throw a line in. Tuna and mackerel lurk underneath the One Mile Jetty, and there’s blue
manna crabs from May to August. The locals flock to the jetty when the Gascoyne River
flows after rain; large mulloway go into a feeding frenzy when the headwaters – teeming
with tons of smaller fish – reach the jetty. Another local pick is Dwyers Leap when the
tide’s coming in – aim for flathead, whiting, mangrove jack and bream. Fishing straight off
the fascine, and also the river mouth are good options for youngsters, with small species
of fish to be caught. Up to an hour south of the main town, and well worth the trip, are
Uendoo Creek, Bush Bay and New Beach. The three locations are crab hotspots with
great fishing as well – grab your bait in town and stock up your tinny with fishing rods and
crab pots; you can launch off the beach at Bush Bay. New Beach and Bush Bay are also
ideal for swimming and have free campgrounds although you’ll need to be completely
self-sufficient. If you’re looking to launch your boat in town, you’ve got a couple of choices.
There’s the main town ramp (located in the main boat harbour) but bear in mind that
launching is a bit tricky at really low tide when the jetty is too high to reach from your boat.
The ramp at Pelican Point is on the opposite side of the fascine, and is steep with no jetty
and only space for about 10 cars and trailers. Fishing at Pelican Point is good, with an
opportunity to catch shark and trevally.
GETTING THERE Denham in Shark Bay is around a 10-hour drive from Perth.
Gnaraloo is 1050km from Perth, and 150km north of Carnarvon. Skippers Aviation
flies from Perth to Carnarvon and Denham, while Integrity Coach Lines run a service
between Perth and Carnarvon.
DON’T WASTE WATER Even today, the area around Shark Bay receives such
a low rainfall that the fresh water at Denham comes from a desalination plant. Keep
your showers to a minimum – it’s not a good look to be wasting water around here.
Join a charter boat or bring your own
rig to get involved in this week-long
fishing comp. The categories available
cater for beach, boat or jetty anglers,
as well as fly fishermen. A festival
atmosphere is created thanks to
a boat regatta, live bands, markets
and fireworks. May.
TASTE OF THE
Carnarvon has a prodigious output of
fruit and vegetables – more than 70
per cent of Perth’s winter vegetables
are grown here. This festival celebrates
the region’s food industry, offering
a long lunch, tours of plantations and
The TropiCOOL festival is the oldest
annual festival in Carnarvon. It is
held over two days in town and
features a range of activities, food,
performance, produce and workshops
that all capture the local culture. May.
The motorsport event pits car
against car and bike against bike,
with the winners crowned the Kings
of the River. Oct.
Papayas at Morel’s Orchard
(photography Malin Olsson).
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Carvarvon Cup racing.
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