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Facts and figures

The Gascoyne covers around 137 988 square kilometres (53 277 square miles).

Distance from Carnarvon to Perth: 893 km (555 miles)

Median house price in Carnarvon: $312 500 (June 2016)​

 

The Gascoyne is a great place for you and your family to settle in. With an average of 320 days of sunshine a year, this is a popular destination for those of you seeking a warm climate all year round!

Located in the northwest of Western Australia with more than 600 km of Indian Ocean coastline, the Gascoyne extends inland to desert and the Aboriginal community of Burringurrah.

If you choose to live in one of its three major coastal towns – Carnarvon, Exmouth and Shark Bay – you’ll never be far from a beach. With median house prices significantly lower than Perth, its clean environment and supportive local community make it a welcoming region in which to settle.

Carnarvon, Exmouth and Shark Bay offer primary school education while secondary school facilities are located in Exmouth and Carnarvon. There are also some private schools in Carnarvon. The Central Regional TAFE campuses in Carnarvon and Exmouth offer qualifications in a wide range of Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas.

Its economy is based on tourism, fishing, retail, mining, horticulture and pastoralism, and small business. 

With lots of natural environment to encourage you outdoors, this region lends itself superbly to boating, fishing, camping, surfing and sport.

One of the main tourist attractions in the Gascoyne is Ningaloo Reef, a coral reef stretching over 260 km and considered one of Earth’s last ocean paradises. The surrounding area includes the Kennedy Range and Mount Augustus.

Key fact

The Gascoyne is home to the world famous Monkey Mia where you can encounter wild bottlenose dolphins.​

Sandstone River - The Gascoyne Region ​​

News

Changes to the Graduate Stream of the State Nomination Migration Program

The State Nomination Migration Program (SNMP) Graduate stream will soon be more accessible for international students who study in Western Australia.

On 16 October 2019 Premier Mark McGowan announced that the Graduate Stream of the SNMP will be extended to include vocational education and training (VET) graduates who complete a qualification in Western Australia at Certificate III level or above, excluding trade occupations (unless approved for delivery to international students).  

For information on the current Graduate Stream of the State Nomination Migration Scheme requirements visit the State nomination requirements page.

Fun Fact
The Argyle Diamond Mine in the far north of Western Australia is one of the world's largest suppliers of natural coloured diamonds.