exciting activities for your Stay

Things to do in Dongara Port Denison

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Dongara is famous for many things, two of which are the historic stone and brick Royal Steam Roller Flour Mill and the good old Moreton Bay Fig tree after which the main street is named. Dongara’s main street is lined by these dramatic trees which were planted in 1906 and are now classified by the National Trust.

Just three kilometres away overlooking the Marina is the twin town of Port Denison. Originally built on a strong rural economy, Dongara and Port Denison now have a thriving Rock Lobster fishing and processing industry. Both towns are often referred to as the ‘Rock Lobster Capital’, for the many magnificent crustaceans caught in season.

Discover Local Attractions

The best way to get to know a place is by taking a walk through its history. The Dongara Heritage Walk is a 4km walk featuring some of Dongara’s historic buildings and landmarks such as Russ Cottage, the Old Police Station Museum and the Fishermans Memorial Obelisk.

Enjoy a movie under the stars in the heritage listed Dongara Denison Drive In from September to May. Stock up on local produce, arts and craft at the Dongara Markets, which are held on the first Saturday of each month.

Fishing, Boating & Water Sports

Visitors to Dongara Port Denison are spoilt for choice when it comes to find amazing spots for water sports or activities such as fishing and boating.

Go for a stand up paddle boarding at South Beach, or windsurf along Grannies Beach. Wet your fishing line on the recreational jetty next to the boat ramp or the fishing platform at Grannies Beach. If you are after a bigger catch, launch your boat at the boat ramp accessible from Point Leander Drive in Port Denison. Find more info on fishing in Dongara Port Denison here

Nature & Wildflowers

For a truly leisurely walk, the Irwin River Nature Trail is just perfect. Spot all the interesting river wildlife, including black swans and pelicans, just to name a few. Other exciting walking trails are the Thungara Trails, a collection of 6 different walks ranging from 2.7km to 9km. Visit the website of the Shire of Irwin for maps and brochures.

During Wildflower season (July-September), Dongara is the perfect gateway to explore nature’s stunning displays of wreath flowers, everlastings and pom poms as it’s only a short drive to Wildflower hotspots such as Coalseam Conservation Park, Morawa, Mullewa and Perenjori.

Bars & Restaurants

Illegal Tender Rum Co: Award-winning Australian Rum Distillery

Dat and Thu’s Kitchen: Authentic Vietnamese food that is prepared to order using the freshest ingredients. 

Poppies by the Park Cafe: Small cafe with great coffee & Vegan options.

Pannarai’s: Authentic Thai & Chinese Cuisine.

Dongara Hotel: Great place to enjoy a meal with the whole family.

Sea-Spray CafeEnjoy great coffee and tasty gourmet food and sweets.

Southerly’s Tavern: Family-friendly environment and beautiful outdoor area.

Port Store Take Away & Deli: Extensive takeaway menu with fish and chips, wraps, burgers & more.

Dongara Pizza & Cafe: Dine in, Take away best in the West.

More Ideas for your stay

Dongara Sport & Tackle: Fishing, diving and anything sports related under one roof! Hire of golf clubs, buggys, tennis raquest and push bikes available.

Dongara Golf Club boasts an 18 Hole Scenic Course and the Port Denison Bowling Club features top-class greens and has a licensed clubhouse.

Skate Park & Pump Track: For the young at heart, there’s a skateboarding park at Surf Beach! Hard-to-beat skateboarding with the Indian Ocean as your backdrop.

WINERY: Travel to Irwin Winery along Midlands Road and enjoy the unique flavours of red and white wine to tempt the palate. Visits arranged by appointment. PH 9927 5076.

OLIVE ORCHARDS: Visit the only Olive Oil Processing Facility in the Midwest – “Silverdale Olive Orchard & Processing Facility” – to sample olives and olive oils. Situated at 130 Melaleuca Road, Dongara. Open Friday,Saturdays & Sunday 10 am – 4pm . Phone Wendy & Murray Small 9927 2674

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