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it is kitesurfer paradise. There is
a disabled fishing platform, also
great for kids, at the groyne at the
Marina, near Marina Park.
North of Gero | It is the seagrass
beds near Coronation Beach that
makes fishing so good here. There
is 4WD access north and south for
beach fishing, but watch out for
the stinky weed.
South of Gero | The easiest fishing
can be found at the Greenough
river mouth. Estuary fishing in the
river is good, with many species.
There are 15km of 4WD tracks
south of the river mouth, offering
diverse beach fishing.
People drive all the way from
Perth just to fish at Lucy’s Beach,
opposite the turn off to the
Greenough Historic Settlement.
The small beach is accessed by a
rough track off Company Road.
Further south is the S-Bend and
another popular fishing spot, Flat
Rocks. 4WD access south of Flat
Rocks is seasonal depending on
tides and weather.
Pia Boschetti grew up on the remote
Abrolhos Islands and now spends six
months of the year on Basile Island,
growing black cultured pearls that
she sells at her gallery in Geraldton.
Between becoming a mother,
managing a pearling business and
running a gallery, Pia found time to
share some of her favourite things
Favourite things to do in winter
and spring | Walking the dog
on the beach at Point Moore
Lighthouse. A great place to
watch kite- and windsurfing,
swim and ski and wakeboard
all year round. Winter is a great
time to go surfing and body-
boarding, or scuba dive at the
South Tomi wreck. The waves
are awesome and you only
need a thin wetsuit. When the
countryside is green and the
valleys are covered in wildflowers
and crops in vibrant colours,
I like going to Chapman Valley
Wines for wine tasting.
Pamper | There’s Hot Locs Hair
Body and Soul for hair, beauty
therapy and spa treatments, also
Aimia Day Spa and Indah Health
and Beauty Spa.
Food | The Lemon Grass Restaurant
and Tanti’s Restaurant serve
authentic Thai food and takeaway.
The Provincial Wine Bar often
has a jazz band, and so does
L’Attitude 28. For fish and
chips, head to Barnacles on the
Fishermans Wharf, or if you’re
in town, Stingers, Chis and
Fips and Hooks. For healthy
sandwiches and juices, head to
Go Health. For an extra-special
night out, Tides Restaurant has
fine dining and a fantastic view of
the harbour lights.
The Abrolhos Islands | Basile
Island, in the Southern Group
of Houtman Abrolhos, is my
favourite. It’s the island I grew
up on, was baptised and married
on. I love to drive across the
shallow reefs (in about 0.3m of
water) in a jet boat on a glassy
calm day. You can see the coral so
clearly it’s as if you’re snorkelling.
A DAY IN GREENOUGH PRECINCT
It can take a day to absorb what Greenough and surrounds have to
offer, alternatively you can stay overnight and take your time.
Start at the quaint Greenough Historic Settlement and explore the
beautifully restored historical buildings on a self-guided walking
tour. At the right time of year you will be spoiled with a wildflower
display. Enjoy a delicious homecooked morning tea or lunch at
the modern cafe on site before you set off to Walkaway and the
Walkaway Railway Station Museum.
Head back to the Settlement, cross the Brand Highway towards
the Front Flats, turn left into Company Road. First stop is the
Greenough Wildlife Bird Park, a kids’ paradise.
Have lunch at the historic Inn, an authentic old pub housing
thousands of second-hand books. Afterwards, proceed to Lucy’s
Beach for a spot of fishing. On the way back to Geraldton, buy some
gourmet food at the olive farm, also open for lunch.
Don’t forget to drop into the famous Greenough woodworks and
the Greenough Pioneer Museum where you can absorb more of the
history of this amazingly rich area.
Point Moore is a popular spot for kitesurfing and windsurfing.
Greenough Settlement’s old mill (Photography Karl Monaghan).
Abrolhos from the air
(Photography Eco Abrolhos).
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