Port Denison, Western Australia

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Port Denison is a town of 3000 residents in the Mid West region of Western Australia. Its local government area is the Shire of Irwin and it is located 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) southwest of Dongara on the Indian Ocean coast.

Port Denison
Western Australia
Port Denison Boat Harbour, 2014 (03).JPG
Port Denison and its Boat Harbour, 2014
Port Denison is located in Western Australia
Port Denison
Port Denison
Coordinates29°17′00″S 114°55′00″E / 29.28333°S 114.91667°E / -29.28333; 114.91667Coordinates: 29°17′00″S 114°55′00″E / 29.28333°S 114.91667°E / -29.28333; 114.91667
Population1,410 (2016 census)[1]
Elevation10 m (33 ft)
  • 4 km (2 mi) SSW of Dongara
  • 365 km (227 mi) NNW of Perth
LGA(s)Shire of Irwin
State electorate(s)Moore
Federal Division(s)Durack


Port Denison was initially known as Irwin Port in 1866 due to its position near the mouth of the Irwin River. However, when it was officially named and gazetted in 1867, it was renamed in honour of Sir William Denison, a former Governor of Tasmania who in 1851 had visited Western Australia in connection with transportation of convicts.[2]


Port Denison is the home port of a number of commercial fishermen that catch lobster (known as crayfish locally).[3][4]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Port Denison (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 October 2019.  
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – P". Retrieved 29 December 2009.
  3. ^ Keenan, Zoe (27 February 2018). "Cray boat the biggest". Midwest Times. Retrieved 23 January 2021 – via The West Australian website.
  4. ^ "New Crayboat Delivered to Geraldton Fisher". marinelink.com. 18 May 2020. Retrieved 23 January 2021.

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