Carnarvon Visitor Centre

Catch a Taste

Fruit Loop

Carnarvon Plantations

The plantations surrounding Carnarvon utilise 1,020 hectares of cultivated land on fertile river delta flats. The diversity of the produce available in the area is substantial, including a range of tropical fruits such as bananas, mangoes and paw paws, citrus and stone fruit, grapes, avocados and star fruit as well as varieties of melons. Vegetables such as tomatoes, beans, capsicum, asparagus, sweet corn and pumpkin are also grown.

Many plantation operators also produce a massive range of quality sauces, jams, pickled fruit, icecreams and dried fruit. From the end of May until early October, growers sell their produce direct to the public at Saturday morning markets or alternatively you can take a drive down North or South River roads to buy produce year-round from their roadside stalls (the variety and availability of produce will depend on the time of the growing season).

Working plantations provide shop fronts (some are only open for the growing season) and offer preserves, dried fruits and ice creams made fresh from local produce, along with seasonal fruit and vegetables. Banana and mango smoothies are also on offer and are always a favourite with all the family!

River Gums Cafe which is perched on the banks of the Gascoyne River opens from May to October from Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 3pm and offers light lunches and refreshments in the tranquil setting of a working plantation.

Seafood

Much of the state’s seafood comes from the waters off Carnarvon with a thriving prawn, scallop, crab and fishing industry operating from Carnarvon. During the season freshly caught seafood can be purchased directly from outlets.

Pickles Point Seafood and Boatyard

Pickles Point Seafood is renowned for providing the freshest of local seafood. The range includes fish, crab, prawns, scallops, squid and bugs as well as Australian oysters, NZ oysters, mussels and Tasmanian salmon. Browse the range of provedore goods to complement your seafood. It doesn’t get any better or fresher. You can also purchase cooked prawns and crabs which you can take away and have with your locally made sauces using local produce and sit and enjoy the waterfront and its surrounds.

  • Address: 143 Harbour Road, Carnarvon WA 6701
  • Hours: Monday to Friday – 9am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to 12pm 
  • Phone: (08) 9941 4078
 
 

Gascoyne Growers Markets and Courtyard Craft Markets

Every Saturday morning from the end of May to early October the Carnarvon Courtyard Craft Market and Gascoyne Growers Market operates from the Civic Centre courtyard, right outside  the Carnarvon Visitor Centre.

On offer at the markets are tropical fruits, homemade ice-creams, a wide variety of vegies, herbs, honey, cakes, jams, relishes, plants and handmade arts and crafts. Enjoy a coffee and a muffin or cake, while you stroll the stalls, listen to the buskers and pick up a few tips from the growers themselves. The markets are plastic bag free, so be sure to bring along your green bags.

  • Address: 21 Robinson Street, Carnarvon WA 6701
  • Hours: Saturday – 8am to 11.30am 
  • Phone: (08) 9941 1146 – Enquiries and Stallholder Bookings (Craft Markets Only)

Gascoyne Food Festival

Tickets on sale now for winter’s lust-have foodie event

When: 5 August – 8 Sepember
Where: Carnarvon, Exmouth, Dirk Hartog Island and Mount Augustus
Information: www.gascoynefood.com.au
Tickets: Carnarvon Visitors Centre (08) 9941 1146 or go to https://www.carnarvon.org.au


As cold weather descends on Perth, the Gascoyne is once again gearing up for another gourmet food extravaganza in the sun. The Gascoyne Food Festival is the ultimate winter getaway, promising incredible local produce served up by Western Australia’s top chefs in some of the world’s most idyllic locations. Visitors will enjoy a refreshed approach to events this year, with new additions and changed formats in store. As always there is something for everyone, with events held across the region including Dirk Hartog Island, Exmouth, Mount Augustus and Carnarvon, all showcasing amazing local meat, seafood, fresh fruit and vegetables. Following in festival tradition a top line-up of chefs will be joining the festival, with the largest contingent heading to Carnarvon for the Taste of Gascoyne BBQ and Long Table Lunch events. The chefs will experience the region up-close and personal with visits to local growers and producers before creating restaurant-quality dishes for guests. Chef, caterer and entrepreneur Stuart Laws will be overseeing the flow of activity in the kitchens in Carnarvon, as well as putting on Australia’s Biggest BBQ at the World’s Biggest Rock at Mount Augustus for the second time.

“The Gascoyne produces some of the best food in the world that WA chefs are so lucky to have direct access to. I am really excited to show this year’s group of top chefs some of my favourite produce and work together to put on another incredible festival,” said Stuart. Visitors can take advantage of a range of opportunities to join in the festival from the 5th August to the 8th September. Events include family-friendly dining with live entertainment at the Taste of the Gascoyne Sunset BBQ in Carnarvon, fine-dining at the Long Table Lunch at the stunning Bentwaters Plantation and free food sampling at the Gascoyne Growers Markets. Food By The Chef’s George Cooper will be cooking up a storm on Dirk Hartog Island during the Gourmet Island Escape events featuring several delicious dining experiences for visitors.

In Exmouth, Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort will be joining the line up again and hosting a fine dining experience, Where the Outback Meets the Reef. Plus new addition to the festival, Froth Craft Brewery, will be be hosting a Range to Reef Beergustation. Both events sourcing the best of local produce to serve to their guests. Wrapping things up will be Australia’s Biggest BBQ under Australia’s Biggest Rock at Mount Augustus on the 8th September with Chef Stuart Laws. An iconic event at a truly magical location, offering guests a night to remember, followed by a complimentary breakfast the next day as they head out on the open road. Michael Nixon, Chairman of the Gascoyne Food Council says that the region’s commitment to promoting it’s horticultural, pastoral, fishing and tourism industries through this key industry event, the Gascoyne Food Festival, is stronger than ever. “The Gascoyne Food Festival has grown from a 60 person lunch in Carnarvon to a region-wide celebration of the amazing fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood on offer, largely because year on year we offer the best of Western Australian lifestyle. That being fresh,  local food served up in a natural, unpretentious setting in support of our hard-working rural community,” said Michael. “It is a huge amount of work putting on this festival and we have a tireless team striving to make it happen because it is such a huge boost for local business and driving awareness of our hardworking horticultural, pastoral, fishing and tourism industries,” he said.

21 Robinson Street, CARNARVON WA 6701

Phone: (08) 9941 1146

Fax: (08) 9941 1149

info@carnarvon.org.au

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