The Gascoyne has a diverse range of recreational activities.

The region offers a diverse range of both active and passive recreational activities. The superb climate, hot summer and warm winter combined with the natural attractions of the region are enticing for outdoor recreation. Popular activities include surfing, kite boarding, fishing, camping, day outings and boating.

Lights, camera, action for South West CinefestOZ festival funding

Jun 14, 2021, 11:55 AM by Geoff White
More than 2000 visitors are expected to join the excitement of the 2021 CinefestOZ Film Festival when it kicks off in the South West from 25 to 29 August.

The event has received State Government funding, through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program.

The annual five-day festival showcases mainly Australian films and is held in the State's South West each August.

This event, now in its 14th year, has grown significantly since it was first held in 2008, with this year's festival potentially injecting $2 million into the local economy through visitor spend.

As well as promoting the Australian and Western Australian film industry, the festival's program helps highlight the South West region and boost tourism during a traditionally quieter time of year.

The festival has more than 200 free and ticketed screen-related events in about 40 locations including local wineries, galleries, cinemas and small bars. The dedicated schools program 'Cinesnaps' inspires local students to develop an appreciation for the filmmaking process, while the Indigenous film program 'IndigifestOZ' supports and promotes Aboriginal filmmakers with the opportunity for the audience to gain insight from filmmakers.

The CinefestOZ Film Prize is also Australia's richest film prize of $100,000. A jury of prominent Australian film guests award the film prize each year to an Australian feature film displaying excellence in the craft of filmmaking.

CinefestOZ brings together diverse people in film and related industries, providing an environment to spark future screen initiatives for the State, such as the seven films made in the region in the past five years, with more in development.  

The CinefestOZ Film Festival took out gold in the Festival and Events category of the 2018 Perth Airport Western Australian Tourism Awards and silver at the 2018 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.

The funding honours an election commitment from the State Government, with $100 million also committed for a new WA Film Studio and production facility in Fremantle and $20 million committed to a Screen Production Attraction Fund to strengthen and develop the local film industry.

In 2020, the State Government also announced $16 million for a WA Screen Fund to encourage film production in the State's regions.

2021 CinefestOZ Film Festival

Regional stakeholders

The department works closely with a range of stakeholders in the Gascoyne region. These include local governments, the Gascoyne Development Commission, State Government agencies and not-for-profit organisations.

Local governments in the Gascoyne

Contact the Gascoyne office

Gascoyne office

15 Stuart Street, Carnarvon WA 6701
PO Box 140, Carnarvon WA 6701
Telephone 61 8 9941 0900
Mobile 0414 606 701

Gascoyne staff

Angele Gray
Regional Manager Mid West and Gascoyne
Telephone 61 8 9956 2173
Mobile 0459 811 514
Email Angele Gray

Benita Donda
Regional Officer
Telephone 61 8 9941 0900
Mobile 0414 606 701
Email Benita Donda

Gascoyne Sportshouse

Within the Gascoyne Sportshouse there are development officers for netball and Australian Rules Football. These officers play an important role in developing and growing the sport within the region and work in close partnership with the department.

Gascoyne Football Association

PO Box 85 Carnarvon WA 6701
Email Gascoyne Football Association

Stephen Michael Foundation

Tessa Daly
Gascoyne Program Coordinator
Mobile 0417 720 176
Email Tessa Daly

Page reviewed 30 November 2021