The Gascoyne is located in the north west of Western Australia and covers more than 137,938 square kilometres, representing about 5.5 per cent of the state's total area. The region has more than 600 kilometres of Indian Ocean coastline, and stretches more than 500 kilometres inland through to the remote outback.
The region provides unique tourism experiences of seascape and landscape and includes Mount Augustus, one of the world's largest isolated rock hills, and access to the spectacular Kennedy Range National Park. The region is also an excellent destination for experiencing colourful seasonal wildflowers and the coastal area incorporates internationally recognised Ningaloo Reef near Exmouth and the Shark Bay World Heritage Area.
Thanks to the State Government's Royalties for Regions program the Gascoyne community and visitors to the region can enjoy improved local infrastructure and services that will enhance their experience of the Gascoyne.
Living, working and investing in the Gascoyne
The Gascoyne is made up of four local government authorities:
The estimated residential population of the Gascoyne was 9,899 persons in 2013 and is predicted to rise to 10,200 by 2016. Gascoyne residents are a happy community who highly value feeling connected and having a positive sense of health and well-being. It is a safe place to live and raise children, with a supportive community and clean environment.
The Gascoyne boasts a diverse, balanced economy supported by the tourism, mining, agriculture and fishery industries. The tourism industry is the largest revenue earner, attracting an average of 125,000 overnight visitors from 2010 to 2012 with an estimated $235 million turnover per year for that period.
Salt is the main mining commodity and agricultural lands along the Gascoyne River in Carnarvon are also a strong driver of the regional economy. The tropical climate, fertile soil and large underground water sources make Carnarvon an ideal location for horticulture development and the pristine coastal waters provide the perfect marine environment for successful commercial fishing and aquaculture.
The Gascoyne has well-developed infrastructure to meet the future needs of the region and to service growing mining and transport demands in the neighbouring Pilbara and Mid West regions.
For more information please visit the Gascoyne Development Commission's website or contact your local Community Resource Centre.
Gascoyne Region in profile – economy and community
Projects in the Gascoyne