South Beach. This wide, white sand beach stretches to the horizon or,
if you don’t fancy walking, cruise along beautiful South Beach in your
car - no need for a 4WD. But, if you do have a 4WD, there are plenty of
tracks to go exploring. South Beach is also home to our local Surf Club
with regular patrols conducted on weekends.
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. Access off Church Street, where the
Lookout affords beautiful views of the rivermouth and ocean.
Russ Cottage, built in the late 1860’s. The Cottage was restored by the
Irwin District Historical Society and is typical of a yeoman’s cottage
of the time. Opening times 10am-12pm on Sundays. Entry $2.50.
more history, do the Heritage Trail. This 1.6km walk features 28
heritage-listed buildings. Booklets, which give the history of each of
the buildings, are available at the Tourist Centre for $2.00. See the
Royal Steam Flour Mill, built in about 1894 from the plans of Mr Henry
Simon of Manchester, England. Its sturdy steam engines ground wheat
from surrounding farms until 1935.
even more culture, a visit to the Old Police Station, which is now the
Irwin District Museum, is a must! Here you can learn all about the
original pioneers, their unbelievable hardships and triumphs. The
building itself is also steeped in history. Built in 1870, it served as
a police station, courthouse and jail. Mon-Fri 10.00am-4.00pm. $2.50
Priory Lodge is another magnificent building. Built in 1881 and then
converted into the St Dominic’s Priory by the Dominican Sisters, it has
now been lovingly restored into a Colonial Bar, Restaurant and
Accommodation, all with period furniture. On the first Saturday of the
month, set in the landscaped gardens at the Priory, are the markets,
where the locals sell their wares with plenty of arts and crafts.
Listen to the music and have a cold drink, Devonshire Teas and other
foods also available.
the only Olive Oil Processing Facility in the Midwest - “Silverdale
Olive Orchard & Processing Facility” - to sample olives and olive
oils. Open Saturdays April-November. Other times by appointment.
Melaleuca Road, Dongara. PH 9927 2674.
Fisherman’s Lookout-Obelisk at Port Denison offers panoramic views of
the harbour and surrounds. A plaque depicting local shipwrecks is on
display at the Obelisk. A boardwalk now surrounds the Obelisk to allow
down the pages of history, and the path commemorating some of the
shipwrecks and mishaps of the Irwin Coast in the past. Port Irwin
Shipwreck Walk commences at the first path down to the playground after
coming through the roundabout.
Dongara Cemetery contains some interesting headstones
dating back to 1874. It also contains a Wall of Remembrance dedicated
to the Dominican Nuns of the region. The Cemetery Walk brochure is
available at the Tourist Centre for $1.50.
Dongara Sport & Tackle at 25 Moreton Tce can help you out with your
dive, fishing and tackle needs. They also hire out golf clubs (R &
L hand clubs & buggy available), tennis racquets and push bikes.
Drop in and see the friendly staff for all your sporting and fishing
needs. PH 9927 1196. A/H MOB 0417 634 452.
For a more leisurely pursuit, how about a civilised game of golf at our
18 hole grassed course. See you at the 19th for a cold beer! PH/FAX
Kick back at our Drive-In Cinema! During the summer months,
the Drive-In shows up-to-date movies on Saturday evenings. Enjoy
watching your favourite stars under the stars! Treats to satisfy at the
Enjoy a cappuccino in the cool shade of the historic Moreton Bay Figs
whilst watching the world go by in Moreton Terrace, the main street of
Dongara. 2006 marks the 100 years since the Moreton Bay Fig Trees were
planted and this occasion will be celebrated during this year’s Dongara
Denison Community Festival in November.
Hungry? Take in the many culinary delights that Dongara-Denison has to
offer from the finest bakeries in the Midwest to exquisite cuisine
offered at a variety of restaurants.
Take in the atmosphere of Dongara-Denison and all that the local
history and culture has to offer with a stay when the Annual Festival
takes place in the second weekend in November. See the Blessing of the
Fleet and enjoy local food, drinks, crafts and entertainment for a
weekend of fun and frivolity.