Carnarvon is not located on a main route through the Karoo. As such it definitely counts as an 'off the beaten path' destination.
It is a typical Karoo town with wide, quiet streets, some with trees growing down the centre.
The people of Carnarvon are extremely welcoming of visitors and happy to answer any questions or just to stop for a chat. One of the best things to do in Carnarvon is to simply walk around the older area of town soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the variety of historic houses. There is the Historic Houses Walk for visitors who want more in depth information.
Carnarvon is the ideal destination for visitors wanting to experience the peace and clean air of the Karoo. The wide open skies offer amazing chances for star gazing at night. In fact the KAT 7 or Karoo Array Telescope is located nearby.