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GUIDE coral coast
Unbelievable fishing and
windsurfing, and the first in a
string of crayfishing communities.
Just south is Nambung National
Park and the Pinnacle Desert. The
Pinnacles are limestone columns
caused by wind erosion over 25,000
years. Some are over 4m high,
some pointy, some tombstone-like.
Photographers flock there at dawn
or dusk when the light is best and
it’s cooler. The Pinnacles Desert
Discovery Centre is worth a visit.
Directly opposite, Hangover Bay is a
popular swimming and picnic spot.
There are long sandy beaches,
excellent fishing, offshore reefs and
islands. The town is sheltered by a
string of islands and reefs and there
is a healthy crayfishing industry,
plus excellent snorkelling and
diving. Limestone reefs and caves
are covered with colourful sponges
and are home to a big variety of
fish. We hear there may soon be a
new skydiving operator in town.
Heritage trails guide you past
classic old buildings, and you can
have a beer at the Priory Lodge,
once a convent. Cross the Irwin
River to Port Denison and head to
Fishermans Lookout for a sweeping
view. This port township has a big
foreshore area and surf beach -
Granny’s Beach is the spot to fish,
swim, windsurf or jetski.
Fishing, swimming and exploring
by 4WD are popular at this river
mouth site, where beach weddings
are also big. There are more than
10 historic sites, plus the bizarre
phenomenon of the Leaning Trees
20km south of Geraldton on the
Brand Highway. Visit the Alinta
wind farm, generating clean energy
from 54 giant wind turbines. Cool
off in Ellendale Pool, where you
can camp and have a barbecue. The
Central Greenough Visitor Centre
on Brand Highway offers reduced-
rate passes for museums and more
info on places to visit in the area.
The Geraldton foreshore is now
pretty flash with grassy parklands,
walk and cycle paths, a cafe, water
park and playground. It’s a great
place for a picnic by the ocean. The
WHERE TO GO AND WHY
The beach at Denham.
Flower farms on the
coastal road to Kalbarri.
One of the extraordinary Leaning
Trees south of Geraldton.
Kalbarri National Park
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