Dongara & Port Denison
Dongara and Port Denison are coastal, twin-towns in the Shire of Irwin, divided by the mighty Irwin River. These quiet and tranquil towns are rich with history as well as having
The area of Dongara and Port Denison was traversed first over 200 years ago in 1839 by Lieutenant George Grey on an unexpected mission. He was originally on an expedition North when a cyclone blew in, destroying his ship and all supplies. As a result, Grey and his crew had to trek over 500km South, back to the Swan River colony. However, on their travels, they came across the Irwin River and its surroundings, noting its potential as good pastoral land.
Just over 13 years later in 1852, a town was surveyed and named ‘Dongara’ by the local Wattandee people, translating to, ‘meeting place of seals.’ Very slowly, due to the lack of transport to Perth and back, the towns of Dongara and Port Denison became populated and built up. Up to the turn of the century, Dongara had a small community with a public school, churches and a railway finally connecting this isolated area to Perth.
Fishing in Dongara and Port Denison is not to be overlooked, with tailor, snapper
The Thungara trails offer a leisurely and scenic tour of the Dongara and Port Denison area by foot! Overall there are six walking trails that can be completed, ranging from 2.7km to 9km loops, accommodating for all ages and levels of fitness. These trails take you on
Dongara and Port Denison have a spectacular range of beaches to swim, surf, sail and simply relax on! Experience
Distance from Perth: 351km North to Northwest
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