Dongara – Port Denison are twin towns situated on the Coral coast of Western Australia, 335kms north of Perth and 65kms south of the regional city Geraldton, which hosts an airport.
The towns offer an extensive range of film locations. Surrounded by the Indian Ocean there are long white beaches, reef, surf and water sports. Separated by the Irwin River with an abundance of flora and fauna. The towns boast a true coastal village charm with a warm and friendly community. The townsfolk live a relaxed lifestyle and are spoilt with beautiful beaches, historical sites and a variety of industries.
The Rock Lobster industry has been operating for more than 60 years, the outskirts are surrounded by farmers and primary producers.
Dongara’s main street Moreton Terrace is lined with state heritage listed Moreton Bay and Port Jackson figs, planted in 1906. There are several heritage listed buildings that remain in Dongara including Russ Cottage, a typical rural workers home from more than 145 years ago, the Priory Lodge, constructed in 1881 which was once the town’s only pub before being converted to a school and boarding college for the Dominican Sisters. The Museum is the old police station, court house and prison and would suit many wanting an old fashioned cell.
Port Denison’s Marina is filled with the fishing fleet and the nearby industrial area services the oil and gas industry. The town is very retro, it continues to operate a Drive In Theatre and a Roller skating rink, you can even drive along its main beach. All sports are played in the town including a magnificent golf course with ocean views.
As a film friendly destination the Shire of Irwin offer support to producers including your own film liaison officer. We have worked with the Development Commission, Screenwest and producers with the Western Australian Regional Film Fund to bring films to town.
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