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GERALDTON-GREENOUGH FARMERS MARKET
Load up with fresh local fruit and veg, sample cheese and olive oil, and enjoy
the laid-back atmosphere of live music and lunch stalls.
Maitland Park, Geraldton, Saturdays (8am-noon).
The festival brings together cultural attractions such as opera, fine dining, art
and film with vibrant markets, games and events. Kalbarri, Sep.
GERALDTON GREENOUGH SUNSHINE FESTIVAL
Soak up the sun and enjoy arts, agriculture displays, parades and games.
ENDURE BATAVIA TRIATHLON
The shipwreck coast of Geraldton is the scene for this race of endurance,
strength and fitness as competitors complete a triathlon. Geraldton, Apr.
CANOE AND CRAY CARNIVAL
Cheer the canoes as they race 16.5km down the Murchison River, and enjoy the
entertainment and markets held on the river foreshore. Kalbarri, Jun.
BY CAR | Since the Indian Ocean Drive opened in 2010, travellers can now choose
between the 368km Brand Highway and a more scenic, shorter route along the
coast from Lancelin. While traffic is heavier on the highway, Indian Ocean Drive
is popular with caravanning grey nomads and overtaking space is limited, so the
travel time is often similar. Your best bet to avoid traffic is to travel midweek or at
nighttime (from dusk you’ll need to look out for kangaroos).
BY TRAIN | TransWA, 1300 662 205, and Integrity Coachlines, 1800 226 339, both
offer services between Kalbarri and Perth (running through Geraldton).
PLANE | Virgin and Qantas run daily flights between Geraldton and Perth.
FUEL | If you’re travelling from Geraldton to Kalbarri, hold off refuelling if you
can. The cheapest place to refuel is most often the United petrol station at Bluff
Point (5km north of Geraldton).
VISIT A STATION
Sometimes you need to get out into the country to get a real sense of a place. The Coral
Coast is home to some of the state’s oldest and largest stations, many of which you can
stay at. Murchison House Station, (08) 9937 1998, is easy to access – it’s just outside of
Kalbarri, and at one time it was home to an eccentric Indian royal. You’ll see his collection
of bulldozers and military equipment rusting away in the red sand. It also has over 60km
of Indian Ocean coastline and more than 30km of river frontage, making it a popular
place with campers, who are free to pitch a tent wherever they like. There are also basic
digs at the homestead. Wooleen Station, (08) 9963 7973, is 194km north of Mullewa on
the Murchison River and offers a look at life on an outback cattle station, with guided
tours, sunset tour, a walk trail and the Bower Bird Museum. Accommodation ranges from
fancy (the homestead) to simple (camping and the jackaroo quarters).
GERALDTON TO KALBARRI
Porter St, Kalbarri
Freecall: 1800 286 155
BEST WESTERN PLUS KALBARRI EDGE RESORT
Discover our pristine coast
★★★★★ Luxury 2 bedroom apartments, 1 bedroom spa suites and motel rooms in the
heart of Kalbarri • Restaurant • Dishwashers • Spas • Room service • King size beds
• Pool • Gym • Conference room • Receive one night FREE - stay 3 nights and only pay
for 2! PLUS anytime during your stay come to our restaurant for a complementary big
Kalbarri cooked breakfast! *Full cooked breakfast for one morning only.
298 Chapman Road, Geraldton
Ph: (08) 9965 9100
BROADWATER MARINER RESORT
Geraldton’s Premier Resort
Close to stunning Champion Bay and many attractions on the spectacular Coral Coast,
with a range of spacious and well appointed accommodation, heated pool, spa, BBQ areas
and free parking.
140-146 Brand Hwy,
Ph: (08) 9921 2455
IBIS STYLES GERALDTON
Only 100m to the beach and close to the
airport, experience spacious rooms with
comfortable beds, modern bathrooms
and Foxtel. Unwind by the pool or dine
in the popular restaurant and bar. Rates
include FREE continental breakfast and
30 minutes complimentary internet in the
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