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.