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Attractions

Onslow is a pretty coastal town offering a relaxed holiday and access to the Mackerel Islands. 

If you are a keen fisherman check out the groyne where fish cleaning facilities are provided close by. For the nature lover there are two lookouts located a short distance from one another that provide wonderful views of the ocean and are great during sunrise and sunset. For further details click here.

There is also a lot of history in Onslow and the remains of the original town site can be seen here. With only the prison and the old gaol still standing, catch a look while you can. The Council has undertaking restoration works on the Old Onslow Police and Gaol Complex to reduce further deterioration of this ruin. The Old Cemetery is a short drive away.

Please read below for a list of attractions in town or click on the quick links

Historical Attractions

Scenic Attractions

National Parks

Nearby Islands

Fishing


Historical Attractions

 

Onslow Salt

The Onslow salt field occupies 90 sq km of salt flats, with seawater pumped by three pumps at a maximum rate of 4,000L/s each for approximately 18 hours per day depending on tides. Onslow Salt Pty Ltd is capable of producing nominally 2.5 million tones of sodium chloride per annum. The project has handling facilities to transport, process, store and load salt into ships for export. The jetty is approximately a 1.3 kilometre steel trestleway and is situated off Sunset Beach.

The project, which dispatched its first shipload of 45,000t of salt in July 2002, services the rapidly growing chlor-alkali and other salt consuming industries across the Asia-Pacific region, and represents a further step in the development of Australia's $300m a year solar salt export industry.

 

Good Shed Museum

The Good Shed Museum is a historical building, listed by National Heritage. The building was moved from Old Onslow in 1925. The museum contains historic artefacts from the Onslow region. Onslow has a long and extensive history and the museum is a great place to get some background on the town. Come in and have a browse.

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Scenic Attractions

 

Heritage Trail

Feel like a leisurely stroll? Why not do Onslow's Heritage Trail Walk. It provides some insight into the town's history and is an interesting and educational way to spend some time.

Ian Blair Memorial Walkway

Onslow's Ian Blair Memorial Boardwalk is attracting a lot of interest. It starts at the lookout at Beadon Point and winds through the natural vegetation to it’s destination at Sunset Beach.

Termite Mound Viewing Area

Ant hills are prolific in the Onslow region. They can be viewed in their natural state. Quite an amazing sight!
 

Bobby's Tree

60 kilometres from Onslow, on the Onslow Access Road, you may be interested in stopping to have a look at "Bobby's Tree". The inscription reads:
This tree is respectfully known as "Bobby's Tree". Bob McAullay, a Shire grader operator from 1969 to 1980, nurtured this tree in its infancy and in recognition of this, the Main Roads Department and Shire Council ensured that the tree remained when the Onslow Access road was aligned and sealed.

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National Parks

 

Mount Augustus National Park

This park is located approximately 420 kilometers from Tom Price, on a track that can be seen as a challenge for the avid four-wheel drivers. Mount Augustus (Burringurrah) is the world's largest rock, rising 858 meters above the surrounding plain (some 1105 metres above sea level).

The Wadjeri tribe inhabited the area around Mount Augustus. Their occupation is evident by the engravings on rock walls at Mundee, Ooramboo and Beedoboondu visitor sites and by the many stone tools that have been discovered in the area. Unfortunately the meanings of the engravings have been lost in history.

Visitor's fees apply to all National Parks within WA. The fees can be paid at Park Visitors Centres, CALM offices, and Tourist Bureaus. A variety of passes are available, enquire as to which would suit your needs best. Camping fees to the Parks also apply and are generally paid at the Camp Sites within the National Park.

For the adventurous traveller keep your eyes peeled for world class rock carvings from hundreds of years ago on the rock faces near Pannawonica. A four wheel drive is recommended as the trail is unsuitable for ordinary vehicles.

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Nearby Islands

 

Mackerel Islands

The Mackerel Islands Group, comprises ten islands and is situated 22 kilometres offshore from Onslow. The resort is located on the main island, Thevenard, a coral atoll 6 kilometres long and 1.5 kilometres wide. Accommodation consists of fully self contained beach front cabins. An ideal family holiday setting.

Montebello Islands

(Trips are seasonal, and not available all year)
Montebello Islands are situated approximately 75 nautical miles, north of Onslow, off the West Australian coast. With over 100 small islands in the group, they are surrounded by magnificent coral reefs, ideal for fishing, snorkeling and swimming.

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Fishing

Onslow is a commercial fishing town and fishing is one of the main attractions in Onslow. Please read below for some of the hot spots to catch a bite.

 

Sunrise Beach

Sunrise beach or front beach is a great place to swim, snorkel, collect shells, fish or just relax in the warm sun. With boat ramp facilities and a shelter on the beach and another on the beachfront it is the perfect place for the family to have fun in the sun.

Sunset Beach

Sunset beach or back beach offers patrons a shaded picnic area, fish cleaning facilities and the best place in the north to watch the sun go down. Take time to go on the beach at sunset (take your camera!). Also a great beach for fishing, swimming and shell collecting.

Four Mile Creek

Four Mile Creek is a fantastic spot to do some fishing, crabbing and to have a picnic lunch. There is a BBQ area with a shaded shelter.

Ashburton River

The beautiful Ashburton River is a must to see whilst in Onslow. Visit three and five mile pools. Camping is allowed along the banks of the river and the setting is idyllic. Swim, fish, picnic, bushwalk and just relax! 

Beadon Creek

Fish off the wharf here or just observe the goings on. Down the creek is where all the action happens.
 

Fishing Charters

For availability of fishing charters please call Onslow Tourist Centre at the beginning of the season (April to October) on (08) 9184 6644.

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Last updated: 26 September 2017