What to Do

There is something for everyone when staying at Dongara Tourist Park, you will never have a dull moment. Enjoy the peace and quiet, relaxing area around our beautiful park, reading a book or having a beverage overlooking the ocean. Cook up a feast in our gorgeous BBQ area and let the kids burn up their energy on the jumping pillow. If your wanting to do something outside the park then there are plenty of options.  Dongara/Denison has many great beaches that you can swim, snorkel, fish or take the boat out for a day on the sea. Keep the little ones entertained: Irwin Recreation Centre, Dongara Public Library, Surf Lessons, Dongara Activity Park and lots of playgrounds around the town.

Dongara/Denison has many different annual events, from Jukebox Saturday night in January, Easter Race Day on the Saturday (which is a day not to be missed). Easter Egg Hunt is a big hit with the families on Easter Sunday morning. Men’s and Ladies Bowls carnivals in May and September then to Hanging of the Quilts in October. November there is the Larry Lobster Festival held at the foreshore. First Saturday of every month is the Markets that are held at the local town park. There is something for everyone to enjoy.

Kitestock is on every year and held on South Beach in Port Denison. Kite surfers from all over the state and sometimes further abroad spend time here. This is quite an event to see.
Wildflower season is one of Western Australia’s natural treasures. For several months over winter and spring each year, wildflower blooms become prolific, carpeting two and a half million kilometres of terrain across the state. Wildflower season runs between July and October and many travellers spend time here exploring and finding the many species the area has to offer, including the magnificent Wreath Flower.

Lawn bowls, golf and Motocross carnivals run regularly throughout the year and the town has a new recreation centre with facilities including an equipped gym. The golf course was established in 1931, Par 71 course is a short 5535 meters but quite challenging. The 18 holes of grass greens have some spectacular views of the twin town sites of Dongara and Port Denison and the Indian Ocean. This course is the best kept secret north of Perth – a real gem. Competition days are Wednesday – Ladies, Thursday – Scroungers, Saturday – Competition, Sunday – Competition.

Enjoy watching your favourite movie stars under the stars! Dating back to 1966, the Dongara Denison Drive-ins is one of only a handful of drive-ins still operating in Western Australia today. Here you can watch a new release movie either sitting in your car, on the back of your ute, on mattresses on the ground or snuggled up under a rug on camper chairs, while enjoying a drink and something to eat. There’s an on site kiosk that provides a great range of hot dinners, refreshments and sweets. to check out times and upcoming movies log on to their Facebook page.

For food lovers, try the local olives at Silverdale Olive Orchard. Enjoy a cappuccino in the shade of the heritage listed Moreton Bay fig trees that line the main street of Dongara – Moreton Terrace or take in the amazing ocean views of South Beach at the Starfish Café. You could sit and bask in the sunshine and have fish and chips at the foreshore grounds. Southerly’s Tavern, overlooking the Port Denison Marina, won the Best Country Pub Steak Sandwich along the Coral Coast for 2013 and is walking distance from Dongara Tourist Park.

Housed in the old police station, the Irwin District Museum on Waldeck Street provides an insight into the hardship and triumphs or the region’s pioneers. This is run by expert volunteers who will guide you through the displays. There are fascinating heritage walking trails and don’t miss the Thungarra trails walk.