Jurien Bay is a typical seaside community to the north of Perth
devoted to recreational fishing, tourism and professional crayfishing.
It is a typical, low-key, 'get away from it all' holiday town with a
superb white sand beach and a small shopping centre. There is a
considerable retirement element in the town now. It is situated at the
southern end of Jurien Bay which stretches over 9 km from Island Point
at the south to North Head. The waters of the bay are sheltered by a
string of islands and reefs which lie just off the coast. Built on the
low lying sand ridges beside the beach, the settlement of Jurien Bay is
full of cottages which have been constructed to supply the needs of
Jurien Bay Marine Park
An underwater world of caves, grottos and overhangs covered in
colourful sponges, sea squirts, shellfish, corals and multitudes of
fish. Meadows of seagrass grow in the shallow lagoons inside the reef.
It is popular with scuba divers, snorkellers, swimmers, fishers, and
has some great spots for windsurfers and surfers. The Park surrounds
major sea lion and seabird breeding areas.
Drovers Cave National Park
Numerous caves are known to exist within the park boundaries, many
are locked with screens to keep visitors out in the interest of public
safety and to prevent vandalism. Drovers Cave was well known to early
explorers and stockmen; the location of the site near to the Canning
Stock Route meant it was often visited by drovers, hence the name.
Other caves found within the park include Hastings (known to contain
fossils), Moora, Old River and Mystery caves.
Stockyard Gully Cave
The cave was created by an underground river system; two of them are
easily accessible - Stockyard Tunnel is 300 m long and requires no gear
except for the torch; Stockyard Cave is 800 m long, but slime and mud
often coats most of the boulders, making them extremely slippery.
Nambung National Park
Contains one of Australia’s most fascinating landscapes - The
Pinnacles Desert. Out of the shifting yellow sands rise thousands of
huge limestone pillars, standing in stark contrast to the surrounding
low heathlands typical of this coast.
Jurien Bay is recognised as the finest location on the central coast
for catching snapper, dhufish (i.e. tandan) and baldchin groper. For
this reason the WA Deep Sea Classic is held here every year.
By the 1960s it was clear that the town's development was going to
be inextricably tied to the crayfish industry. New jetties were
erected, an airstrip was constructed so that produce could be flown
south to Perth, and factories were built. The reputation of the Western
Rock Lobster is such that the crayfishing is now a multi-million dollar
industry sending shipments regularly to Japan and the USA.
Locals estimate that the population of the town nearly doubles in
the crayfishing season. There is a regular community of 70 boats which
increases to up to 150 boats in the season. The town's new marina (the
only one between Perth and Geraldton) was completed in 1988.