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Geraldton marina is a short stroll
from the centre. The museum and
HMAS Sydney II Memorial, with its
645 seagulls representing the lost
sailors, are definitely worth a visit.
Don’t leave town without taking a
trip out to the Abrolhos Islands.
The Abrolhos Islands
On the surface the craggy,
windswept limestone islands
with a grisly past don’t look like
much, but beneath the water it’s
a different story. The warm water
of the Leeuwin current brings a
plentiful array of temperate and
tropical fish and colourful coral
species. Locals say it rivals the
Great Barrier Reef – minus the palm
trees, tourists and charter boats.
This is the home of the infamous
Batavia wreck and there’s fantastic
fishing, diving, snorkelling and
surfing. The best time to visit is in
April and May.
Hiking, fishing, gorges, lazy days –
the town has big appeal. Kids will
love the Rainbow Jungle’s flocks of
colourful parrots. By night you can
catch an open-air flick and feast
on wood-fired pizza at Cinema
Parrotiso (during school holidays).
Hiking through Kalbarri National
Park is a must. The Murchison
River has carved magnificent
red-and-white banded gorges on
its way to the sea. Don’t miss the
Canoe and Cray Carnival in June.
Ray de Jong has lived in the North West for 11 years, the last four of those in
Exmouth. He is the Parks and Visitor Services Coordinator for the Exmouth
district and he’s the man in the know about the region’s best offerings.
Best scuba diving spot | The Exmouth wharf (Navy Pier) is a must-do dive.
It sits inside the gulf and is protected from onshore winds year round.
Best camp spot | There’s a little-known gem called Osprey Bay in the
Cape Range National Park, where you can camp on the pristine white
sandy beach. No crowds, just magic ocean views. It’s BYO water, but
there are toilets. Park and camp fees apply.
Best beach fishing | You can take any of the 2WD or 4WD tracks along
the marine park. There are great fishing spots just about anywhere. Some
management areas and sanctuary zones are exempt, but over 70 per cent
of the coast is good for shoreline fishing. Catch limits apply.
Best walk trails | The locals are pretty tight-lipped about it but a walk
through Cape Range National Park from March onwards is an amazing
way to spend a few hours – it rivals Karijini National Park. Charles Knife
Canyon and Yardie Creek Walk Trail are top trails also.
Best beach | Escape the crowds at Turquoise Beach or Oyster
Stacks and head to Sandy Bay.
Best sunset | See it from the Vlamingh Head lighthouse
Don’t miss | When in Exmouth, pop in to support local charity
legend at her op shop, 91-year-old Mrs Mac. Also do a scenic
flight from the light airstrip in a fixed wing or trike.
The azure waters at Exmouth.
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