The Mid-West Region of WA

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Jurien is located 166 miles (266 KM) north of Perth, and can rightly be called "The Gateway to the Central West Coast" with the opening just before Easter 1996 of a new road to Green Head.
This all weather road which weaves through the sand dunes connects to the existing road which hugs the coast frpm Green Head almost to Dongara before joining up with the Brand Highway.
Spectacular coastal scenery is visible for much of the length of this road.

Jurien is the base for a large crayfishing fleet which supplies Perth and overseas markets with fresh crayfish (rock lobster).

Nearby reefs and islands provide good shelter to Jurien Bay, providing excellent safe waters for the recreational fisherman

Green Head

Green Head is a fishing and recreational community located 180 miles (288 KM) north of Perth on Dynamite Bay, a unique feature of the coastline because of it's almost perfect circular shape.

Accommodation in the area is limited to the Green Head Caravan Park, which is just a short walk from the beach, jetties, and boat launching facilities. Additional holiday unit and caravan park accommodation is available at nearby Leeman, 9 miles (14 KM) to the north.

The nearby Fishermans Island hosts a colony of sealions and numerous sea birds, and the area offers excellent opportunities for fishing and diving.

A few miles from town is Lake Indoon, a large freshwater lake popular with sailboarders and waterskiers. Picnic facilities including barbecues, toilets and showers are available.

Those with 4 wheel drive vehicles can access many areas of the coastline, as well as the Stockyard Gully Caves a few miles inland. These caves were formed mostly by underground river systems, and the gully was used as a natural holding ground for cattle. A map and history of the caves can be obtained at the caravan park.

The town also boasts an 18 hole golf course among it's attractions.


Leeman is a fishing and recreational community located 185 miles (295 KM) north of Perth, offering similar attractions to those of nearby Green Head.

The area is popular for fishing, diving and windsurfing, as well as lawn bowls at the Leeman Country and Sporting Club.

Dongara and Port Denison

Dongara and nearby Port Denison are located 224 miles (359 KM) north of Perth and are very popular holiday destinations noted for the great fishing and acquatic activities available.

Accommodation available includes two motels, a wide range of holiday units, guest lodges, backpackers and bed & breakfast, and four caravan parks


The hamlet of Greenough is located 250 miles (400 KM) north of Perth and 15 miles (24 KM) south of the major regional centre of Geraldton.

Once the centre of an extensive wheat growing district, the hamlet was all but abandoned due to a combination of floods, disease and drought, but in more recent times many of the historic buildings in the area have been restored as tourist attractions.

A curious feature near Greenough is the many strangely shaped trees, bent over by the strong salt-laden winds in the area.
The nearby Greenough River Mouth, normally closed by a sandbar, is popular with holidaymakers for picnics, fishing, swimming, windsurfing and other water sports.

Shane windsurfing near Greenough Rivber Mouth
Accommodation in the area includes the Greenough River Motel Resort, the Greenough Rivermouth Caravan Park, and the S-Bend Caravan Park.


Geraldton is another popular tourist destination as well as being a mjaor centre for the surrounding agricultural region. Located 265 miles (424 KM) North of Perth, the city is blessed by miles of sandy beaches and a near-perfect climate all year round.

Accommodation available includes a dozen motels, holiday units, guest houses, and six caravan parks.

The city and surrounding region have many historical sights dating back over 350 years.


Kalbarri is a major tourist town located 368 miles (589 KM) north of Perth at the mouth of the Murchison River. Popular activities in the area include fishing, bushwalking, abseiling and canoeing.

Accommodation in the area includes two motels, a large number of holiday units, and four caravan parks.

Kalbarri is best known for it's many scenic attractions, particularly the coastal cliffs and the nearby Murchison River Gorges.
The Murchison Gorge, at the Z Bend.
Natures Window.

The Kalbarri Coastline, Natural Bridge, and Layer Cake Gorge
Views from Red Bluff Lookout
Most of these attractions are easily accessable by conventional vehicle, while a 4 wheel drive vehicle will give access to even more interesting areas. Kalbarri Four-Wheel Drive Rentals have vehicles available at reasonable rates.

River and ocean cruises are available, as well as canoe and camel treks.

Shark Bay

The World Heritage listed Shark Bay Region sits astride the 26th parallel some 500 miles (800 km) north of Perth. The area is a mecca for the keen fisherman as well as the nature lover.

One of the best-known attractions of the area is Monkey Mia, where wild dolphins mingle with humans at the waters edge.
Denham is located 519 miles (831 KM) north of Perth on Peron Peninsula in the World Heritage listed Shark Bay, and is the westernmost town in Australia. A range of accommodation is available and Denham is well situated to use as a base for exploring this unique region.
Shell Beach, on the western side of the Peron Peninsuala, is formed of billions of tiny sea shells.

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