Welcome to Jurien Bay
The townsite of Jurien Bay was first gazetted in 1956. The name of Jurien Bay was initially assigned from the French explorer Captain Baudin in 1801 in honour of Charles Marie Vicomte Jurien, the Naval Administrator in the French Government at that time.
As early as the late 1850's the Governor was petitioned to develop a port along the Dandaragan coastline and in 1865 James Harding, the Fremantle Harbourmaster was commissioned to survey both Cockleshell Gully and Jurien Bay for their suitability as a port facility. He in turn recommended the latter because of its deeper water and protected anchorage. A 100 foot jetty was finally constructed in 1885.
Farming and crayfishing proved to be compatible activities in that their respective seasons tended to complement one another and a number of farmers began to work as both crayfishermen and farmers. Processing plants were established in the 1960's and the town is now a popular holiday destination.
Jump the beach at the world's most beautiful beach skydive! The multi-award winning Skydive Jurien Bay runs single, tandem and sports skydiving 7 days a week. For non-jumpers, pack a picnic and contact the skydive office to find out where the daily drop zone is to watch jumpers land right on the beach.
Stand Up Paddleboard
Hire a SUP from Jurien Bay Adventure Tours or bring your own boards and immerse yourself in the turquoise waters off the town beach at Jurien Bay. Experienced boaders can explore the ocean, even out to the various islands off-shore or the marina at the northern end of town offers calmer waters. A 4WD trip to Hill River (between Jurien Bay and Cervantes) offers some excellent kayak experiences along the river or in the ocean.
Sea Lion or Fishing Tour
Turquoise Safaris operates sea lion tours and ocean fishing charters. Contact Kane on 0458 905 432 or check out www.turquoisesafaris.com.au. Tours can be booked in person at Seasport and Tackle, Roberts Street Jurien Bay (next to Bay Bakery & Cafe).
Segway Jurien Bay
You can hire a Personal Electric Transporter (commonly known as a segway!) from Chariots of Hire in Jurien Bay. In peak periods you can find them set up at the northern end of the Dobbyn Park foreshore (Heaton Street) but they are more than happy to bring the machines to you. Please call 0427 346 555.
Dobbyn Park Foreshore
On the doorstep of the Jurien Bay Tourist Park there's something for everyone here including an outdoor exercise circuit, gas BBQ's, shaded picnic spots and gazebos, playgrounds and public toilet facilities. The new jetty is just nearby for fishing or just watching the catch and town beach is a popular swimming spot for residents and tourists alike - watching a coastal sunset is a must if you are new to the west coast. The 6km sealed foreshore path, Turquoise Way, is suitable for walking, running, skating, scooters and prams and extends north from the marina and south to the outskirts of the town residential development.
Artificial Reef Snorkel Trail
The reef ball project was completed in 2013 and is an artificial reef now developing its own marine ecosystem. The reef can be accessed directly from the beach, just out from the old jetty which is at the northern end of town beach. Interpretive signage and a sample reef ball at Dobbyn Park tell the story of the reef ball project's concept and construction. Snorkel equipment can be purchased from Tige's Surf Shop or Seasport & Tackle stores in Jurien Bay or hired from Jurien Bay Adventure Tours.
Lesueur National Park covers 26,987 hectares and is managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW). Its status as a National Park recognises the area’s outstanding conservation, landscape and recreational importance.
Lesueur National Park boasts an exceptionally diverse range of flora, with more than 900 different species comprising 10 per cent of the State’s known flora. The park is a biodiversity hotspot and has seven species of Declared Rare Flora and nine taxa found only in Lesueur.
The Lesueur area supports a wide range of birdlife, with 122 species of native birds and two introduced species recorded along with over 50 species of reptiles (the highest lizard diversity of any of the world’s Mediterranean climate ecosystems). The woodlands of Lesueur have also been identified as one of the last remaining breeding habitats of Carnaby’s Black cockatoo.
The park erupts into colour in late winter and spring. A picnic area with toilets, interpretation and easy parking is provided along Lesueur Drive for those visitors who want to make the best of a day in this magnificent park. Mountain-biking, bird-watching and photography are all popular.
To get there: 2km north east of town follow Jurien East Road off Indian Ocean Drive. A $12 entry fee per vehicle applies for entry to the National Park. There is a 2WD-accessible 18.5km scenic drive with optional walk trail stops and picnic areas along the way. The trail climb up Mt Lesueur has the first 250m as wheelchair-friendly. Don't forget to bring drinking water, sun protection (hat, clothing, sunscreen), insect repellant and sturdy shoes.
Stockyard Gully Caves at Drovers Cave National Park
The most well known cave within the Drovers Cave network is the Stockyard Gully Caves situated off Cockleshell Gully Road in the neighbouring Shire of Coorow. This is the only cave in the area that is open to the public.
To get there from Jurien Bay, head northbound on Indian Ocean Drive and turn right onto Jurien East Road. Turn left onto Cockleshell Gully Road (the turnoff to Lesueur National Park) and keep following this all the way until you reach the caves. You will pass private properties and farmland and when you reach the end of this, the road will become 4WD-only accessible... the caves are only a few kilometres ahead. Pack plenty of water, a torch, insect repellant and sturdy shoes. Watch out for bats and bees, who are residents of the cave network but they should not interupt your quiet enjoyment of the area if left alone.
To make a day of your adventure, when you exit turn right and continue north on Cockleshell Gully Road and then turn left onto Coolimba-Eneabba Road, heading west toward Green Head. The town has great art galleries, mini golf, beaches and bays, coffee and specialty stores, all worth a look.
The National Park area is composed of limestone and numerous caves are known to exist within the park boundaries. Many of the caves 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. The first known visit to the cave was a drover who signed the cave wall in 1886. Many more visits occurred between 1930 and 1940. The cave was surveyed in 1973 and gazetted as part of the National Park the same year.
Native flora within the park includes shrub banksia, one-sided bottlebrush and parrot bush. Fauna includes emus, honey possums, Western pygmy possums, short-beaked echidnas, Western grey kangaroos, Australian bustards and many reptiles.
Sandy Cape Recreation Park & Campsite
Drive 10km north of town to the 7km unsealed road to reach the campsite. There are toilets here but no drinking water. Discover the bay's protected white sandy beaches for swimming, snorkelling, beach fishing or just exploring and a boardwalk lookout. The campsite is 2WD accessible but there are excellent 4WD tracks and vehicle access to the beach. Pristine dunes run the length of the beach and Tiges Surf Shop in town (at the Jurien Bay Shopping Centre) hire sandboards at a daily rate. For mountain-bikers there are great tracks that wind their way back to the northern end of town. For further camping information within the Shire click here.
North Head marks the northern boundary of Jurien Bay and the beginning of a 6 km long section of coast that trends north to Sandy Point. It is sheltered by inshore calcarenite reefs and Sandland Island.
In the early 1940's the R.A.A.F. installed a Radar at North Head, with concrete shelters to house the diesel motors for generating electricity. The site has historic significance for the important role played by troops in the area during the war. The radar was the early warning system to detect invading Japanese troops and the well preserved remains of two intact shelters, original foundations and an underground tank can be seen at the site today.
The walk trails around the structures pass Bartle's Memorial, built to commemorate a man taken by a shark in 1967.
To get there: 4WD access only. Follow the trails west off Sandy Cape road. See the Sandy Cape Information Bay on the outskirts of the campsite for further details. Refer to signage onsite about fishing to avoid restricted zones.
SS Lubra Wrecksite
There are many known wreck sites in the reef-infested waters along Dandaragan’s coastline. The remains of one which can be seen in Jurien Bay is the SS Lubra. This steamship hit a reef south of Dongara on 3 January 1898. She was subsequently patched up and floated off, but the repairs were not successful in the long run. She eventually sank about three kilometres off Island Point in Jurien Bay and her boiler can still be seen sticking up out of the water in the area between Osprey Island and Favourite Island.
Tuart Groves at the Jurien Bay Cemetery
Located on Memorial Drive these splendid trees are believed to be the most northerly stand of tuarts in WA. The site is also located adjacent to the old North-South Stock Route – the line used for driving stock [sheep, horses, cattle and even camels] between Champion Bay [Geraldton] and the Swan River Colony, as the original settlement at Perth was first known.
Fishing, Boating & the Marina
Bring your own equipment or buy a rod from Seasport and Tackle on Roberts Street and fish from the jetty or off the beach. If you have a boat you can launch from the marina and go fishing off-shore or explore the many islands and sea lion colonies. Sea lion tours are availble from Jurien Bay (0458 905 432) Green Head (phone 0427 931 012) or Cervantes (phone 08 9652 7010) to explore the sea lion colonies that form one of the many amazing features of the Jurien Bay Marine Park. As well as boat launch facilities the marina has picnic areas and protected, shallow waters that are perfect for kids.
Fishing for People with Disabilities
The map identifies fishing locations across Western Australia categorised according to accessibility. The map presents appropriate locations for people to go fishing regardless of whether they are elderly, have poor balance or mobility, are families with young children, use a wheelchair, or are carers looking after persons with a disability
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