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Geraldton is the largest regional city north of Perth, and has a variety
of accommodation options that suit families, couples and corporate
travellers. If you venture away from the coast, you’ll find friendly farm
stays and working stations you won’t want to leave.
Geraldton is a four-and-a-half-hour drive north of Perth, or an hour by air.
Don’t leave town without...
Z Lining up and being counted as you tour the Old Gaol and Victoria
District Hospital. Tours run Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm.
Z Picnicking or camping at Ellendale Pool, part of the Greenough
River, with a deep waterhole created by Bimarra, the water serpent.
Z Seeing the biggest tin collection in Australia at The Tin Heads.
There’s 8000 of them!
Z Photographing Greenough’s unique leaning trees.
Drop in on
246 Marine Terrace,
(08) 9921 3999
Z Greenough River Walk Trail is
a circular 17km walk and ride trail
past amazing bird life. Stop along
the way for fishing or a quick
breather at various viewpoints. You
can walk, cycle, or drop a kayak in at
the Kempton Street access.
Z Drive the 57km Greenough
Walkway heritage trail, starting at
the historic village of Greenough
and running from the museum on
Phillips Road to lovely Ellendale
Pool near Geraldton.
EAT AND DRINK
Eating out is no problem in Geraldton.
There are cafes and restaurants
galore, from lavish cuisines with
waterfront views, to the good old fish
‘n' chip shop. Be sure to try some local
seafood while you’re there (and don’t
miss the regional specialty, Western
Self-catering? Pick up local fruit,
vegetables, honey, eggs, olive oil,
capers, preserves, pickles, olives
and much more at the Geraldton
Greenough Farmers’ Market, on
Saturday mornings at Maitland Park.
DO AND SEE
BECOME AN ISLAND CASTAWAY
The 122 islands of the Abrolhos offer
a pristine ecosystem of tempting
warm waters, with excellent dive
sites, snorkelling and birdwatching
opportunities. Take a scenic flight – the
view from the air is spectacular – or
cruise to the islands by boat. There’s
the option to explore at a leisurely
pace on a three- to five-day boat
charter. The abundant waters are an
irresistible lure for deep-sea fishermen
– especially during rock lobster season
(March to June). Be sure to check
exclusion zones before casting a line.
BE A HISTORY BUFF
Head to the WA Museum in Geraldton
to learn the fate of the lost souls
aboard the notorious ship Batavia,
before taking the 60km journey to the
Abrolhos Islands to dive the wreck
itself. Or, if you'd rather stay dry,
Geraldton has five heritage walk trails,
and there's a variety of walking and
driving trails in Mullewa.
Z From viewing platforms on the
foreshore esplanade, you can
see south to the port, north to
Champion Bay, and across town.
Peek through telescopes at playful
sea lions, and learn all about them
from the interactive display.
Z The new Yamatji Drive Trail is
a fascinating guide to the region's
Indigenous Yamatji culture.
The river mouth at Greenough
(photography Australia's Coral Coast).
“The Geraldton Visitor Centre is in the
historic Original Railway Station, which
was the very first government railway
station to be built in WA. Stop in for
locally made gifts and souvenirs, and
a cuppa at the Carriage Cafe.”
NUKARA MUSIC FESTIVAL
Enjoy original live roots music
in the beautiful farmland and
flattop hills setting of Nukara
Farm, 30km north east of
The Rotary Club of Geraldton
thousands of festival goers
to Redhill to enjoy music
VALLEY VIEW SUMMER
Aerobatic displays of vintage
and modern aircrafts will thrill you,
before a concert under the stars. Apr.
GERALDTON BOAT, CARAVAN
AND CAMPING SHOW
Features local exhibitors of boats,
caravans, and camping products,
plus expert talks, cooking demos,
and entertainment. May.
BIG SKY READERS AND
Avid readers and writers meet to
share thoughts and ideas about
literary works. May.
The annual muster features rodeos,
beaut utes, and whip crackin’
competitions, plus live music. Jun.
See many of the region’s specimens,
including the rare wreath flower. Aug.
A collaboration between Sunshine
Festival and G-Fest, this event is
packed with family fun. Oct.
See beautiful blooms between
July and September, by heading
to Chapman River Regional Park.
It's home to 300 plant species,
many found only in Geraldton.
There are also 120 recorded bird
species, plus 22 reptile and seven
frog species making their homes
by the Chapman River.
Lobsters are on the menu
all around Geraldton.
Geraldton town centre
(photography Peter Hall).
The crew at Geraldton Visitor Centre
(photography Peta Kingdon).
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