Onslow | Western AustraliaOriginally settled in 1883 at the mouth of the Ashburton River, the town of Onslow moved to its present location in 1925 as a result of repeated cyclone damage and the subsequent silting of the river. Pearling, gold mining, agriculture and British nuclear testing (on Montebello Islands in the 1950s) dot its history, but today it primarily serves as a base-town for offshore gas and oil exploration.
Main AttractionsTheGoods Shed Museum in Second Ave is a repository for relics from the early days, while the Karinjini Aboriginal Corporation on Third Ave is an outlet for Aboriginal artefacts and artworks. A Town Heritage Trail brochure is available.
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The ruins of Old Onslow, 48km SW, and its history are described in a pamphlet. Fishing is excellent, particularly in winter, with Beadon Creek Groyne and the mouth of the Ashburton River recommended. About 20km offshore are the 10 Mackerel Islands, a resort attracting anglers to the plentifully stocked waters. Termite mounds can be seen 10km south on Onslow Access Rd.
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