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One Mile Jetty

Visit the longest jetty in the north of Western Australia and Immerse yourself in local history at the Heritage Precinct, located on the site of the 1890’s Port of Carnarvon, just 3km from the centre of town.

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Description

As the pastoral industry developed in Carnarvon in the late 1800s the local population pressured the government of the day to develop a port for the town. By 1897 the jetty had been built and wool and livestock produced in the region began to be exported to Fremantle and essential goods for the town imported using state shipping.

In 1904 the head of the jetty was added and in 1912 the jetty head was widened because of increasing traffic including passengers. Carnarvon was the first port in the world which loaded live stock on board ships for transport to markets. The One Mile Jetty once boasted an animal race the length of the jetty along which the sheep were drivenfrom holding yards not far from where the jety kiosk is located today

The jetty transport system and diesel locos on the tramway ceased in 1966 when state ships stopped calling. Road train transport commenced and the jetty began to fall into disrepair until 1998 when the community banded together to save what is the longest jetty in the north of the state. The jetty is now listed with state and national heritage trusts and is being progressively preserved.

Location

Babbage Island Road, Carnarvon WA 6701 Australia

Directions

From the Visitor Centre go along Robinson St. You will see a big round brown building on the right. On the left and slightly towards town is a major "T" junction Babbage Island Rd. Turn left here and follow the road until you see the signage for the Heritage Precinct and the One Mile Jetty.

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