Carnarvon: Everything You Need to Know
For most people Carnarvon might just be a place to stop and refuel and possibly stretch your legs or grab supplies before heading up or down the coast on a road trip. You might also know of Carnarvon for its status as the main fruit producer of Western Australia. In fact 80% of Western Australia’s crops are grown here. However if you look past the rows of banana trees and mango farms you will find a dream holiday destination.
One of the best things about Carnarvon has to be the temperate climates that have a mild tropical feel which make it great for a holiday getaway as well as farming which is actually one of the main tourist attractions in the area. While here be sure to go for a drive along the Fruit Loop trail which is a self-drive trail that will lead you through some of the most prominent plantations where you can see where your fruit comes from. Stop along the way for a selfie amongst the rows of banana trees and don't forget to pass by Bumbak’s for some local frozen treats made from fresh grown seasonal fruits.
Next up is one of the most instagrammable spots along the whole coral coast. This spot is a bit of a peculiar mystery but definitely deserves a slot on the list of things to do in the area. The Carnarvon Cactus Farm is a quirky little cactus garden that is adorned with eclectic decorations such as massive whale bones and old machinery pieces. As a result you have a photographer's dream as you walk through these towering giant cacti with the bright Carnarvon sun shining through.
After exploring all the lush plantations and eating to your heart's content along the fruit loop trail and after taking the perfect instagram photo at the cactus garden it is time for some educational flair to the holiday. In Carnarvon you will find the historical OTC Satellite Earth Station which is a massive satellite that actually played a very important role in space history. This satellite was actually the very satellite that broadcasted the first moon landing to the world in 1969. To learn more about this you can accompany your trip with a visit to the Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum.
Now it is time to head into the natural wonders of the area. There is no shortage of amazing destinations located just a short drive away. Prepare to have your mind blown at the Carnarvon Blowholes. Here you will find massive streams of water that can reach up to 20 meters in height as huge waves crash against harsh coastal cliffs. You can also head inland to the Kennedy Range National Park and witness the spectacular Honeycomb Gorge. This massive cliff face actually features a honeycomb pattern that has been forged through years of wind and water spray.
Last but not least for all the outback bush camping, and 4WD enthusiasts a trip to Carnarvon would not be complete without venturing out to Quobba and Gnaraloo Station. Out here you will find rustic off the grid bush camping at its finest. Days will be spent surfing, fishing, 4WDing and enjoying nature. With no cell phone service or running water this is a great way to spend some quality time enjoying the simpler things in life such as days spent in the sun and nights under that stars.