Carnarvon’s unique location, seated on the edge of the Gascoyne River Delta approximately 904km north of Perth, makes it a tropical oasis in an otherwise arid landscape. Paradoxically, Carnarvon has a fertile and thriving horticultural district that supplies the majority of Perth’s fruit and vegetables during the winter months.
Carnarvon has long been recognised for its unique small and sweet banana but that reputation is widening with an extensive range of subtropical fruit and temperate climate vegetables grown on the plantations lining the Gascoyne River.
The Gascoyne River is one of Australia’s ephemeral rivers, flowing only when cyclones have dropped their rain up to 500km inland. The township is on one of the delta inlets and centred on the picturesque Fascine.
A thriving prawn, scallop, crab and fishing industry also operates from Carnarvon. During the months of May to October freshly caught seafood can be purchased directly from the factories.
Renowned for its wonderful climate Carnarvon’s average maximum summer temperature (December to February) is 32oC with a winter (June to August) average maximum temperature of 22oC.
The Shire of Carnarvon is home to a multi-cultural demographic recording 6139 residents in 2013 with a 5 year growth rate of 0.6%.