The Gascoyne region is more than 136,000 square kilometres large and located in the extreme western coastal region of Western Australia. It abuts the Pilbara to the north and the Mid West to the east and south-east, while the Indian Ocean lies to the west. Tourism is an important industry to the area due to the warm dry climate and the long coastline, which includes the Ningaloo Reef and the Shark Bay World Heritage Site.
Cities and towns
- 1 Cape Range National Park
- 2 Kalbarri National Park
- Mount Augustus
- Ningaloo Reef from Coral Bay or Exmouth
- Red Bluff
- 3 Monkey Mia and Shark Bay
The Gascoyne, Mid-West, Pilbara regions are often conflated into just up north where the distances are long between anywhere, and road travel is dangerous due to sleep inducing monotony of the intervening landscape, the dawn and dusk animals on the roads, and the heat.
The Mid-west coast centres on Geraldton, the Gascoyne on Carnarvon and the Pilbara has a number of significant ports and locations on its coast. It is a long coast from Geraldton to Broome, and in many places, there is no easy access to the coast. It is where the towns or resorts are located that the coast is an easy drive.
- A total solar eclipse will be visible in Exmouth on 20 April 2023. This is the only place in Australia that will be total.
- See the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ningaloo Reef from Exmouth, a former American town
Since horticulture is the major industry of the Gascoyne region. Bananas, tomatoes, grapefruit, mangoes, table grapes and a range of vegetable products are grown along the Gascoyne River. Climatic advantages enable the growers to meet out of season demand both locally and in export markets and you'll likely to be able to have one of these fresh. Fishing is also a major industry with prawn, scallop, crab and wet line fishing operations based in Carnarvon and Exmouth. In the mining sector, salt and gypsum are mined at Lake MacLeod, north of Carnarvon.