Kingsford Smith Mail Run Information
The 800 kilometre Kingsford Smith Mail Run drive trail gives the traveller a real feel for Western Australia's outback with a smattering of history to make things even more interesting. The moderate Top Trail takes you from Carnarvon on the west coast, inland to Meekatharra.
Commencing in 1924, Charles Kingsford Smith (Smithy, as he was known), once trundled along this very route on his mail run. It can be a lonely road, but the highlights are worth the trip.
Start in Carnarvon, the vegetable growing area of the Gascoyne providing bananas, mangoes and vegetables (indulge in one of the banana smoothies from the plantations). From there, travel to Gascoyne Junction where the pub is the centre of town (especially in the blistering summer heat) before heading to Bangemall Inn, established in 1896 for gold prospectors and today a place to unhitch the caravan or stay in one of the station rooms.
The world's biggest monolith, Mount Augustus is worth a stay of a few days before heading to old Mount Gould lockup. Manned from 1888, a few policemen were stationed here to imprison the sheep rustlers (pastoralist’s scared away native animals so the Aborigines had to eat the occasional sheep).
St Georges Church of England
The most westerly Parish in Australia is St George's Church of England. It is part of the largest..One Mile Jetty Top Trail
The One Mile Jetty Top Trail is located in Carnarvon, 904 kilometres north of Perth, Western..Pioneer Park
Pioneer Park is located on Olivia Terrace. Opened on the 28th of May 1980, this park was originally..The Fascine
The Fascine is a picturesque bay in Carnarvon favoured by locals and popular with visitors. Take a..Norwest Seafoods Prawn Factory
See the prawn and scallop processing factory and purchase fresh, succulent seafood from the retail..Pelican Point
Pelican Point is a beach located six kilometres south east of the town of Carnarvon.
It was..Carnarvon Tramway
The Carnarvon Tramway was built in the early 1900s and offers a 20 minute scenic trip from the town..Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage..
The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage Museum captures the life of the early pioneers that operated the..One Mile Jetty
One Mile Jetty in Carnarvon is the longest jetty in the northwest of the state. It is a great spot..Big Dish
The ‘Big Dish’ is a Carnarvon landmark. Take a drive out to the site of this massive satellite..