Shire of Irwin - Dongara

This Weeks Episode of Home in WA

Contact:
John Merrick

Email:
jmerrick@irwin.wa.gov.au

Website:
http://www.lobstercapital.com.au

Phone:
08 9927 2068

Fax:
08 9927 1453

Mobile:
0427 979 621

Address:
PMB 21
Dongara WA 6525

Just three-and-a-half hours north of Perth, you'll find the twin towns of Dongara and Port Denison. A new major road coming off the Brand Highway makes it easier than ever to get here and no matter what you're looking for in a holiday, you're sure to find it... a relaxing atmosphere, good food and plenty of things to see and do.

Beach lovers can explore the beautiful beaches on foot or even by car and for the water babies, you can try your hand at surfing, snorkelling or diving and, if you're a windsurfing buff, all you have to do is bring your board.

Keen anglers have been coming to the Dongara area for years and there are many great fishing spots around town. You can pick up a map of the best of them from the tourist centre and you can cook up your catch at the picturesque Port Denison foreshore. It's a beautiful spot for a picnic or a BBQ, or just to while away a few lazy afternoon hours.

Dongara is also known as the Lobster Capital and during the November to June season, the area contributes about five-million kilos of the delicacy to the industry. Some of that lobster finds its way into the local restaurants and although you can go out with the crayboats at the crack of dawn, the area's fine dining venues offer you a far more civilized way to satisfy your craving.

After lunch, its time to explore the local heritage sites and the Heritage Trail is a good place to start. The 1.6km walk features no less than 28 heritage listed buildings including the beautifully restored Russ Cottage dating from the 1860's, the old Police Station which doubles as the Irwin Shire Museum and the Priory Lodge which now houses a Colonial Bar, Restaurant and Accommodation.

The area's other great attraction is the vast display of wildflowers the region puts on every Spring. Folks come from far and wide to see the magnificent display of colour so, don't forget to pack the camera.