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Onslow - Cities, Towns and Localities
A coastal town in the Pilbara region, Onslow was originally founded in 1883 as a port at the mouth of the Ashburton River for exporting wool from the sheep stations of the Pilbara hinterland.

Named after Sir Alexander Campbell Onslow, the then Chief Justice of Western Australia, the town was prone to a battering by cyclones and flooding from the Ashburton River. After the January 1925 cyclone, the town was moved to its current position, providing better protection from mother nature.

As the major town at the far northern end of the Coral Coast region, Onslow now has an increasing prominence in tourism.

In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Onslow Tourist Centre
Second Avenue
ONSLOW WA 6710
Ph: 08 9184 6644
Fax: 08 9184 6644
Open — May to October
Mon to Sat 9 am - 12 pm
1 pm - 4 pm
Sunday CLOSED
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre
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Onslow Attractions

Onslow Goods Shed Museum
• Clarke Place, ONSLOW WA 6710 • Ph: 08 9184 6165 • Fax: 08 9184 6615
• Housed in The Old Goods Shed, which was transported over by Camel Train from the Old Town of Onslow in 1925. Classified by the National Trust, the building houses artefacts relating to the pioneering days of the Onslow and surrounding Ashburton/Pilbara district. You can also view the train and carriage used in transport of goods from the jetty, which is located on the wool ramps adjacent to the building.
Mackerel Islands • Mackerel Group of Islands
• Located about 22 km offshore from Onslow are the group of islands known as Mackerel Islands. There are 10 small islands that make up this group, famous for being one of Australia's best places for fishing and diving. Accommodation is provided on two of the islands: Direction Island and Thevenard Island.
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