There are plenty of things to see and do in Onslow WA. Visitors can enjoy beautiful beaches, fishing, boating, bushwalking and birdwatching. Onslow is also the perfect base for exploring the nearby Pilbara region, with its ancient landscapes and rich Indigenous heritage.
Goods Shed Museum and Visitor Centre
The Goods Store, which was transferred from Onslow Old Town in 1925 by camel train and now stands on Second Avenue, contains relics from the region’s early history. Larger things such as a train and carriage that were used on the jett are located nearby. The Goods Shed in Old Onslow, which was classified by the National Trust, burned down in 1904.
The museum is a fantastic place to start learning about the region. It not only contains a stunning variety of relics but also wall displays that document such topics as cyclone frequency and number in the region, the movement of the town by camel trains, and the history of nuclear testing at the Montebello Islands.
The Onslow Heritage Trail and Attractions
The following are some of the notable historical events that have occurred in the community:
St Nicholas Church
The Anglican church of St. Mary on the corner of Simpson Street and Third Avenue was erected in 1926 when the hamlet was relocated to its current location. It is securely fastened so that it may withstand hurricanes. The church is still controlled by the Anglican diocese, although it now serves all faiths.
At the end of Second Avenue, beyond Ocean View Caravan Park, there are two lookouts with different perspectives on the bay. On a clear day, visitors may see Thevenard Island in the distance from the two lookouts. For finding islands, there is a directional sign next to the Anzac Memorial lookout.
Onslow is ringed by beautiful beaches on two sides. If you walk down Back Beach Road (which runs off Simpson Street) to Sunset Beach, you may witness the sun setting over the water. It’s also a fantastic beach for fishing and swimming.
Main Beach (also known as Sunrise Beach) is the name given to a stretch of sand along Second Avenue. This is an excellent spot to watch the sun rise over the Indian Ocean.
Only a handful of people today are aware that the Japanese actually bombed Onslow. They caused no fatalities, yet the town’s magnificent War Memorial, which is at the end of Second Avenue and depicts a dragon-like creature in flames, serves as a reminder that Onslow was under attack in 1943.
It’s difficult to determine what it is, but it appears to be the wreck of the ship, according to the description. A jagged collection of fragments about 600 meters offshore to the north of the Anzac Memorial is all that remains of a pier that was 1.2 kilometres long when constructed in 1925. It was badly damaged by storms in 1934, 1961, and 1982 before being levelled by the military in 1982.
Old Post Office
This structure, which is on the northeast corner of Simpson Street and Second Avenue, served as the town’s Post Office from 1925 to 1993. It has been carefully preserved as a significant monument in the community.
Beadon Bay Hotel
The Beadon Bay Hotel, which was constructed in 1926, is still a well-liked watering hole in town and was extensively damaged by a cyclone in 1934.
Goods Shed Museum
The historic museum and visitor centre is a modest building from the 19th century that was used to store incoming goods and outgoing goods. It stored bags of pearl shells, barrels of lead, and bales of wool. Today, it’s an excellent way to get started on your trip through history in Huddersfield.
Ian Blair Memorial Walkway
The Ian Blair Memorial walkway runs from the Anzac Memorial at Second Avenue to an excellent vantage point on Sunset Beach where it is a wonderful place to watch the sunset and see the ships loading salt from the Salt Jetty. It’s a nice, elevated boardwalk across the sand dunes that leads to an enjoyable walk along Sunset Beach.