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Geraldton is the regional hub of Western Australia’s Coral Coast, just 4.5 hours drive north of Perth. It could quiet possibly be the perfect holiday destination with magical beaches, warm weather, history and heritage, great shopping and a colourful arts and culture scene.
Rich in maritime history, the town has had many shipwrecks over the past 400 years or so. There is the infamous Dutch built Batavia shipwreck of 1629 and the more recent wreck of the HMAS Sydney II in 1941. There is a thriving Rock Lobster industry, a huge agricultural region, a pearling industry, large port and an archipelago of 122 coral islands located 70 Kms offshore, the magnificent Abroholos Islands.
So here are ten very good reasons to visit Geraldton, and I don’t mean for a day, because it will take you several days to do and see everything.
Take the guided tour of this fitting memorial and tribute to the 645 lives lost on the warship HMAS Sydney II in 1941. It is perched atop a hill with 360 degree views of Geraldton.
Take a stroll, enjoy an icecream or a coffee, have a bbq or go for a swim on Geraldton’s spectacular foreshore.
The iconic architectural cathedral was built by Monsignor Hawes in 1916 and completed in 1938. Guided tours are available.
Gain a first-hand insight into the crayfish industry by joining a tour of the live lobster processing factory at Geraldton Fisherman’s Co-operative.
A mecca for divers, walkers, fishermen, surfers and water and nature lovers, take a flight or charter a boat to visit one of the most magical places in Western Australia. There are three groups of over 40 islands which boast an incredible range of marine life and spectacular coral gardens that make for the best scuba diving and snorkelling you will get anywhere in the world.
Learn about the aboriginal and pioneers history of the Geraldton region and discover the shipwrecks of the Mid West Coast and the story of the Batavia. A must see for history buffs.
Leon Baker, Chimere Pearls and Latitude Gallery offer in-store tours featuring the beautiful Abroholos Pearl. Exquisite!
Learn about Geraldton’s colourful history along five interpretive self-guided trails from brochures available at the Visitor Centre. Along the way see points of interest such as the Old Gaol and Craft Centre, Lighthouse Keepers Cottage, Victoria District Hospital and Birdwood Military Museum.
Geraldton is one of the top three kitesurfing locations in the world, with azure seas hugging the coastline, sparkling warm waters and pristine white sands. There are dozens of gorgeous beaches to go to including Coronation Beach, Drummond Cove, Glenfield Beach, Sunset Beach, Back Beach, St George Beach or Champion Beach, which will suit your needs.
This charming settlement renowned for its pioneering history is just 20 minutes south of Geraldton and features a fully restored heritage village, the Central Greenough Historic Settlement. There are 11 beautifully restored stone character buildings, remnants of a once thriving community of 19th century pioneers.
What I loved about Geraldton was her maritime history and the gorgeous green rolling table-top hills of pastoral lands that surround the town. Due to recent heavy rainfall the countryside was lush and green and a real feast for the eyes.
Apart from that I found the amazing Abroholos Islands to be a nature lover’s wonderland and showcase of Western Australia’s most unique marine life. Geraldton is a real show-stopper!
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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