Dongara-Denison

Rock lobster, Australian Geographic

Dongara and its nearby twin town of Port Denison lie on the coast 359 kilometres north of Perth. Dongara–Denison is the self-proclaimed 'Lobster Capital' of the state, with its offshore reefs supporting a profitable industry. Dongara's main street is lined with magnificent Moreton Bay fig trees while Port Denison provides local anglers with a large marina and harbour.

Visitor Information

9 Waldeck St; (08) 9927 1404

www.irwin.wa.gov.au

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In Town

Irwin District Museum Housed in Dongara's Old Police Station, Courthouse and Gaol (1870), the museum features exhibits on the history of the buildings, the invasion of rabbits into WA and the Irwin Coast shipwrecks. Open 10am–4pm Mon–Fri; Waldeck St; (08) 9927 1323.

Russ Cottage: a beautifully restored farm-worker's cottage (1870). The hard-packed material of the kitchen floor was made from scores of anthills, and the flood-level marker near the front door indicates how high the nearby Irwin River rose during the record flood of 1971; open 10am–12pm Sun or by appt; St Dominics Rd, Dongara.

The Priory Hotel: this 1881 building has been an inn, a priory and a boarding college for girls and is now once again a hotel; St Dominics Rd, Dongara.

Church of St John the Baptist: (1884) its pews were made from the driftwood of shipwrecks and its church bell is said to have come from Fremantle Gaol; Cnr Waldeck and Church sts, Dongara.

The Royal Steam Flour Mill: (1894) it served the local wheat-growing community until its closure in 1935; northern end of Waldeck St, Dongara.

Cemetery: headstones dating from 1874 and a wall of remembrance to Dominican sisters; brochure from visitor centre; Dodd St, Dongara.

Town heritage trail: 1.6 km walk that features 28 historic Dongara sites; contact visitor centre for map.

Fisherman's Lookout: 1 remaining of 2 obelisks built in 1869, with panoramic views of Port Denison; Point Leander Dr, Port Denison.

Nearby

Silverdale Olive Orchards: olive-oil products and tastings; open Sat Apr–Nov or by appt; 10 km N.

Mingenew: small town in agricultural surrounds. Nearby is Fossil Cliff, filled with marine fossils over 250 million years old; 47 km E.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Geraldton Meteorological Office 61 km

For something different, you can learn how modern weather-forecasting works and the measuring instruments involved, in a 40-minute midday tour of the Geraldton Meteorological Office that culminates in the release of one... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

The Season Tree

In the historic town of Dongara, the lovely Coffee Tree is known for its traditional homemade English breakfasts, lunches and coffee. Locals and tourists alike can be found relaxing underneath the shade of a Morton Bay... Find out more


Campsites around town

Ellendale Pool camping area 45 km

Ellendale Pool camping area is a delightful spot 47 km east of Geraldton via Ellendale Rd. Bring a gas/fuel stove and drinking water. Visitors will find a lovely freshwater pool that laps at a sheer cliff-face surrounded... Find out more


Breakaway camping area 68 km

Located just off Coalseam Rd from the Mingenew–Mullewa Rd, 34 km north of Mingenew, Breakaway camping area is set in a bush environment in an area noted for its wildflowers and mining heritage. Bring along a... Find out more


Miners Camp camping area 69 km

Basic facilities are provided in a natural bush setting that’s perfect for bushwalking and exploring the heritage associated with WA’s first coalmine. Come equipped with a gas/fuel stove and drinking water.... Find out more


Lake Indoon camping area 72 km

This large, freshwater lake covers 130 ha, with a depth varying from 1.5 m to 5 m depending on the seasons and rainfall. The lake is on the Brand Hwy, 12 km west of Eneabba. The birdlife is abundant and kangaroos and... Find out more


Coronation Beach camping area 86 km

Visitors here will find sites dispersed among the coastal vegetation on the beach, which is a great spot to swim, fish, snorkel or just relax to the sound of waves lapping the shore. You need to bring your own drinking... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Seaspray Beach Holiday Park 1 km

Located on the edge of the water, this park is a good base for a holiday in the town. The owners also operate the adjoining resort, restaurant and fishing charter. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Dongara Denison Beach Holiday Park 2 km

This smaller park is ideally located on an estuary and you can enjoy a stroll to the busy boat harbour. It has very good amenities and big motorhomes can fit here, although not on the ensuite sites. The park is busy in... Find out more


Western Flora Caravan Park 50 km

Located 22 km north of Eneabba, time a visit to this park during the wildflower season when more than 300 varieties of stunning flowering plants can be viewed on the property and more than 2000 varieties within 40 km of... Find out more


Double Beach Holiday Village 52 km

Set at the mouth of the Greenough River just 10 km south of Geraldton, this large, wellshaded park is protected from the onshore winds. Cook in the camp kitchen or buy takeaway food from the park’s well-stocked... Find out more


Sunset Beach Holiday Park 67 km

Located on the beach 6 km north of the city and in a quiet location, this is a popular park with tourists and is easily accessible from Highway One. The park is well appointed and a good base from which to explore the... Find out more


Batavia Coast Caravan Park 68 km

On the outskirts of Geraldton, this spacious dog-friendly park is easily accessible from the North West Coastal Highway. The semi-rural quiet setting will appeal to many. The park is owner operated. Bookings are required... Find out more


Mullewa Caravan Park 97 km

On the highest hill in town this council-operated park is as neat as a pin with kerbed roadways, green grass and most amenities. Mullewa is a great base for exploring this spectacular, wildflower region in springtime.... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Getaway Beach

On the beach 12 kilometres from the town centre, the remoteness of Getaway Beach will appeal to the Robinson Crusoe in you. Both bedrooms have Indian Ocean views and the ensuite bathrooms have spas. Comfortably... Find out more


Port Denison Holiday Units

The Port Denison Holiday Units offer clean and functional self-contained accommodation within close vicinity of the township. The one- and two-bedroom units are spacious and cater well to families or backpackers. Time... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Midlands rest area 8 km

T/O 7km SE of Dongara (L) or 73km N of Eneabba (R)

Among a few trees 1km east of the highway via Midlands Rd.


Seven Mile Beach rest area 11 km

T/O 55km S of Geraldton (R) or 10km N of Dongara (L)

On the foreshore 2km west of the highway.


Flat Rocks rest area 31 km

T/O 33km S of Geraldton (R) or 32km N of Dongara (L)

On the foreshore 2km west of the highway.


The S Bend rest area 35 km

29km S of Geraldton (L) or 36km N of Dongara (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.


Alinta park area 40 km

T/O 28km S of Geraldton (L) or 37km N of Dongara (R)

At the wind farm lookout, 15km east of the highway on the road to Ellendale.


Twin Hills rest area 41 km

49km S of Dongara (R) or 31km N of Eneabba (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.


Ellendale Pool camping area 44 km

T/O 28km S of Geraldton (L) or 37km N of Dongara (R)

On the banks of the Greenough River, 27km east of the highway via Walkaway.


Coronation Beach camping area 86 km

T/O 24km S of Northampton (R) or 27km N of Geraldton (L)

On the foreshore 8km west of the highway.


Oakabella rest area 92 km

17km S of Northampton (R) or 34km N of Geraldton (L)

Small area just off the highway among a few trees.


What's on around town

Monthly Market: Priory Gardens; 1st Sat each month.

Craft Market: old police station, Dongara; Easter and Christmas.

Dongara Races: Easter.

Larry Lobster Community Festival and Blessing of the Fleet: at the start of each rock lobster season; Nov.

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