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Cervantes is around 200km
north of Perth via the Indian
Ocean Drive. The Cervantes to
Dongara stretch is about 160km
along the same road. Tour
companies offer day trips to
the Pinnacles, and you can get
a coach to the towns, but you
really need your own wheels to
explore the area properly.
Drop in on
and library services
Z Pack your bathers, sunscreen and
towel. There are loads of safe
swimming beaches to choose
from, and the climate is ideal for
soaking in the rays, but make
sure you slip, slop, slap.
Z Learn to surf – qualified surfing
instructors will get you standing
in no time at the beautiful South
Beach in Port Denison.
Z There are dunes all along the
entry to Port Denison. Discover
them by sand boarding – it’s fun
for the whole family, with a range
of dunes to cater for your ability.
DO AND SEE
THE THUNGARRA TRAILS
Walkers will love these six nature trails,
ranging between 2.7km and 9km,
which take in the histor y, flora, fauna,
estuary and ocean views from Dongara
to Por t Denison. Trail three will take
you along the banks of the Ir win River.
Pick up a free map from the Dongara
Flowers blossom in such abundance
in the Western Flora Park that you
it’s possible to find 27 different species
co-existing within one square metre
of each other. Guided walks leave
every afternoon (4.30pm for the
wildflowers tour), while 4WD tagalong
tours are available three days a week
from August to November.
AUSTRALIA’S CORAL COAST CEO,
Explore the world under the sea at the Jurien Bay
Snorkelling Trail at the old jetty. The first of its kind in
Western Australia, the trail features an artificial reef teeming with marine life,
as well as underwater signage about the Jurien Bay Marine Park. The trail,
starting just 25m from the shore, is suitable for snorkellers of any age.
Held at Town Park on the first
Saturday of each month, plus
long weekends and school
AUSTRALIA DAY FIREWORKS
Free festivities for all to enjoy at the
Port Denison Foreshore. Jan.
Competitors gather over two days
for this kitesurfing festival at South
Beach, Port Denison. Feb.
EASTER IN DONGARA
There’s markets and an art exhibition
on Good Friday, with horse races and
an Easter egg hunt on Saturday. Apr.
HANGING OF THE QUILTS
This quirky Dongara event at
the Irwin Recreation Centre
showcases newly made quilts,
demonstrations, art displays and
market stalls. Oct.
LARRY LOBSTER FESTIVAL
This annual festival is held to wish
the rock lobster fleet a successful
season, and features free activities
and a chance to hop aboard the
fishing boats. Nov.
INDIAN OCEAN FESTIVAL
Jurien Bay’s Indian Ocean Festival
includes the blessing of the lobster
fleet and a range of entertainment
and activities. Nov.
NEW YEAR’S EVE
The Priory Hotel, Southerly’s Tavern
and the Dongara Hotel Motel all
host special themed nights. Dec.
EAT AND DRINK
This region is all about sampling seafood straight from the sea.
You won’t taste fresher lobster, so lash out if you love it, or stick
with traditional fish and chips on the foreshore.
While you might choose to self-cater most nights (especially if you fish),
Dongara and Por t Denison offer plenty of options to eat in town, with two hotels,
a tavern overlooking the marina, coffee shops on the beach, a delightful bakery,
and more. For cof fee and cake, head to Moreton Terrace and sit in the shade
of Dongara’s century-old fig trees, or indulge in local olives at the Silverdale
Olive Orchard. If you need a break from seafood, try the award-winning pies at
Highway Caltex, or the steak sandwiches at Southerly’s Tavern.
SOAK UP SOME HISTORY
Built in 1870, the former Dongara
police station, courthouse and gaol is
now the Irwin District Museum, where
you can learn about the hardship and
triumphs of the region’s pioneers.
In Dongara, you can net blue manna
crabs and catch tailor, mulloway and
squid off the north and south walls
of the marina. 4WD fishing tours are
available with beach, sand and land
options. Snorkelling gear can be hired
from Breeze Inn Dongara.
CRUISE SOUTH BEACH
South Beach’s sand is so hard you
can drive on it in a 2WD, before
settling on a spot for the day and
taking a dip. Stop for lunch at the
quaint Starfish Cafe.
Overlooking the twin town and
Indian Ocean, the 18-hole (par 72)
Dongara Golf Course is a shor t 5535m
in length, and one of the cheapest
courses to play. Clubs and buggies
are available for hire.
Cadiz Street, Cervantes
1800 610 660
DONGARA & PORT
9 Waldeck Street,
(08) 9927 1404
Photography Australia’s Coral Coast.
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