Lazy Lobster Holiday Accommodation
Port Denison, Western Australia

Explore 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.

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. Access off Church Street, where the Lookout affords beautiful views of the rivermouth and ocean.

Visit 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.

For 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.

For 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 entry.

The 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.

Visit 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.

The 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 easy viewing.

Stroll 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 9927 2727.

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 kiosk.

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.