Carnarvon is a coastal town situated approximately 900 km north of Perth, Western Australia. It lies at the mouth of the Gascoyne River on the Indian Ocean. The popular Shark Bay world heritage area in Carnarvon lies to the south of the town. At the 2006 census, Carnarvon had a population of 5,283 people.
The town was actually founded in yeaer 1883, initially as a port and supply centre for the surrounding region, and is the administrative centre for the Shire of Carnarvon, the town site was officially gazetted on 4th of June 1891. It was named after Henry Herbert, who is the 4th Earl of Carnarvon, Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies. Carnarvon has had three tramways.
The first, shown on a Public Works Department map of 1884, ran from a landing site on the river, across Olivia Terrace to a shed on the other side of the road - A very short tramway indeed. The trolley used on this tramway was supposed to be hand powered, using a lever attached to crank on two of the wheels. However there is a reference to the use of wind-power.
The 2nd tramway, constructed from 1886 to 1887, ran west from Cleaver Terrace in a straight line to the jetty, which was half way between Mangrove Point and Conspicuous Clump. It was horse drawn.
The 3rd, and partially remaining, tramway was completed on 9th of November 1900. It runs from the townsite, across Babbage Island to the deep-sea jetty. It was constructed with a rail gauge of 2 feet (610 mm). It was 2 mi 5 chains (3.3 kilometers) long. Due to the heavy loads of wool being carried on what was a very light railway, it was decided to convert the tramway to 3 feet 6 inches (1,067 mm) gauge in 1908–09. This tramway was worked with a steam locomotive. The tramway ceased operation in 1965. The Carnarvon Light Railway Association now operates trains along restored tracks on the jetty.
Carnarvon has a warm to hot semi-arid climate. Average yearly rainfall is 226 mm (8.90 in) with the rainiest months (and the most reliable rainfall) being in months from May to June. Occasionally tropical cyclones will influence Carnarvon and bring very heavy rain, high temperatures and strong winds but apart from this erratic source of rainfall summers are otherwise dry. Temperatures range from an average maximum of 33 °celsius in February to 22 ° celsius in July. Average minimums are 23 ° celsius and 11 ° celsius respectively.
There are 5 schools in the town, 3 government-run and 2 independent. These schools are: St Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic School which was built in 1906, East Carnarvon Primary School, Carnarvon Primary School, Carnarvon Senior High School, Carnarvon Christian School and Carnarvon School of the Air. Carnarvon Senior High School has one of the worst graduation rates in Western Australia, also the lowest literacy and numeracy skills.
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