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Jurien Bay

Jurien Bay

Looking for a holiday with beautiful beaches, fantastic fishing and adventurous 4X4 trails? Then look no further from Jurien Bay! Only 220kms North of Perth, Jurien Bay is within reach for most travellers and promises entertainment and attractions for all ages!

History

Jurien Bay was first discovered by Europeans in the 17th century, however it wasn’t named until far later in an expedition led by French sailors from 1801-1803. It was named Jurien Bay by the cartographic surveyor Louis de Freycinet, who mapped and named much of Jurien Bay’s coastline, after Charles Marie Jurien of the French navy. The first settlements occurred in Jurien Bay in the mid 1850’s when the millionaire Walter Padbury took some land in the area. Jurien Bay began to establish itself as a fishing village in the early 1900’s, although it wasn’t until the 1960’s that Jurien Bay began to experience success and early tourism as a result of the crayfish industry taking off.

Attractions

Marine Park

Jurien Bay is home to one of the best locations for fishing, diving, snorkelling and marine life viewing as result of the Jurien Bay marine park! The marine park stretches from Green Head to the Southern point of Nambung National Park, home to thousands of species of marine and bird life! As well as being a major sea lion and sea bird breeding site, the marine park contains many seagrass meadows that serve as nurseries for juvenile western rock lobster. Whales also use this area as part of their annual migration path, offering spectacular viewing during the migration season! Jurien Bay marine park also offers fishermen a chance to pull in their dream catch, with large dhufish, pink snapper and Spanish mackerel often being hauled in, creating an unforgettable experience!

Snorkelling and Diving

Jurien Bay also offers a haven for divers and snorkellers with an abundance of marine life to see! The interpretive snorkel and dive trail offer a more unique experience for divers and snorkellers with it being an artificial reef, opened in 2013. This reef was created through placing 70 marine friendly, concrete reef balls close to the remains of an old wooden jetty, designed to mimic natural reef systems. This local community project was a success with these reef balls creating a new ecosystem for the marine life to flourish in! The trail is suitable for divers and snorkellers of all ages and offers a wonderful and unique day trip for the family!

Skydiving

Jurien Bay can also be experienced from the sky with an unforgettable skydiving adventure over the picturesque Coral Coast! Thrill seekers can relish over the fact they will be able to skydive from well over 10 000 feet in the air and then land on a white sandy beach followed by a swim in the turquoise water!

Fun facts:

Distance from Perth: 220km North of Perth

Population: 1761

Postcode: 6516

Founded: Mid 1850’s

Jurien Bay Gallery

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