Come and check out Geraldton, with this handy guide of what to do in the region!
Abrolhos Islands: The Abrolhos Islands and their surrounding coral reef communities form one of Western Australia's unique marine ares. The Islands lie about 60km west of Geraldton, on the Western Australian coast, and consist of 122 Islands clustered into three main groups: the Wallabi Group, Easter Group and Pelsaert Group, which extend from north to south across 100km of ocean. The Abrolhos is a meeting place for tropical and temperate sealife.
Coalseam Conservation Park: A small reserve north of Mingenew, Coalseam Conservation Park is rich in history and geology. The park is also one of Western Australia’s top wildflower hotspots with a vast array of Mother Nature's finest offerings on display. Whilst at the Coalseam Conservation Park, you can explore the site of Western Australia's first coal mine, view fossilised marine life in the riverbanks and take a walk along one of many walk trails through the park. With so much land to explore and so many botanical and geological masterpieces to see you may need more than a day to enjoy all the park has to offer.
HMAS Sydney II Memorial: The magnificent HMAS Sydney II Memorial, completed in 2001 has become the country's premier site for honouring the 645 Australian sailors who were lost off the Western Australian coast during a World War II battle. The memorial is the place to visit when in Geraldton.
Lavender Farm: Is a small privately owned family farm situated in the picturesque Chapman Valley. There is approximately five acres of Intermedia lavender under production for essential oil with the remaining land for livestock. Native animals, galahs, cockatoos and the occasional echidna are frequent visitors. The lavender farm is best know for having the best coffee in town.
Oakabella Homestead: Situated in the Shire of Northampton, is the award winning Oakabella Homestead is Heritage Tourism at it's finest! Set in a dramatic landscape, this must see location offers spectacular vistas including Elephant Hill, Table Hill and the ancient gorge and seasonal water fall in the Oakabella Creek. Wildflowers are also plentiful in the cooler months.
The Esplanade: Located at the Southern end of the Foreshore is a popular destination for tourists and Geraldton residents. The Esplanade offers views of the City, Port, Champion Bay and Moresby Rangers from a 30 degree viewing platform at its far end. The are also boasts barbecue facilities and landscaped walkways.
Point Moore Lighthouse: Standing 34 meters high, it's beam can be seen 26km out to sea. The lighthouse is the oldest surviving Commonwealth lighthouse in Western Australia, it's still in operation today. The Point Moore Lighthouse is an iconic Geraldton landmark.
Mills Lookout: The Moresby Ranges are an ancient landscape feature, formed some 50 million years ago and their unique shape makes for interesting viewing. A fantastic view of the ranges can be seen from Mills Lookout on Chapman Valley Road.
Museum: Overlooking the Indian Ocean, the Museum of Geraldton celebrates the rich heritage of the land, sea and people of the Mid West Region. Discover ancient landforms, Yamaji history and culture, and the region’s unique natural landscapes and marine environment. The Museum’s shop has a great range of souvenirs, gifts and educational items suited to all ages and interests.
Lighthouse Keepers Cottage Museum: This beautiful cottage was built in 1876 for the Geraldton lighthouse keeper and his family. The cottage is made of whitewashed, limestone rubble walls under a 'colorbond' corrugated iron roof which originally was shingled and is set amongst beautiful gardens. It ceased operating as the lighthouse keeper's cotttage in 1943 and has been home to the Geraldton Historical Society since 1971.
Leaning Trees: Buffeted by strong southerly winds, the leaning trees of Greenough (Eucalyptus Camaldulensis or Red River gum) have become a popular icon for in the region! The River Gum is found throughout southern Australia growing along watercourses and on flood plains. It is only on the windswept Greenough Flats that the tree develops its distinctive leaning shape and you’ll often see people getting photos of them due to their uniqueness.You can view and photograph the unusually structured trees from the Brand Highway on the Greenough Flats. A purpose built parking area located 21km south of Geraldton is provided for the travellers to take photographs.
Water Park: Geraldton Foreshore playground is a massive playground with 3 separate ares including water play, fully fenced toddler area, and an area for the bigger kids. With beach access, views of the water, grassed areas, lots of shade and plenty of nearby cafes. This is a great place for a quick stopover or to spend the whole day.
Greenough Wildflife & Bird Park: Only 22km South of Geraldton is the Greenough Wildlife Park. It is a privately owned park which rescues & rehabilitates Australian Wildlife and has been for 30 yrs.You can have a personal encounter with friendly dingoes, cuddle an orphan kangaroo joey or handle one of the gorgeous snakes or friendly lizards all in the parks beautiful surroundings.
Ellendale Pool: This scenic waterhole is located 45km south east of Geraldton in Greenough. Surrounded by giant gum trees and a rocky gorge, Ellendale Pool is a beautiful spot to enjoy a picnic or camping trip. Interpretive signs are around the area and celebrate the importance the pool has played in Aboriginal and European history. Public facilities and barbeques are available – so pack the snags and enjoy a great time out amongst nature!
Chapman Valley Museum: Just 26km from Geraldton, along the Chapman Valley Road at Nason you will find a treasure that is paying tribute to early settlers of the district. Displayed around the walls are many photographs and interesting stories of local history, you will also find a railway carriage holding items and the history of the rail line from Geraldton to Yuna. Within the grounds there is the original Roads Board Building, sheds full of big interesting machinery, a toilet block, shady trees perfect for a afternoon picnic.
Pink Lakes: Known for being all shades of pink and purple, the Pink Lake is a short drive from Geraldton and certainly won’t disappoint in terms of views. The Pink Lake is also known as Hutt Lagoon and gains its unique colouring from carotenoid-producing algae, which is a source of B-carotene, a food-colouring agent and source of vitamin A. The Pink Lake is constantly changing in vibrancy depending on the time of day, month and cloud coverage – so every time you see it, it will be slightly different! It’s best to visit the Pink Lake in the morning or at sunset. This is definitely a must-see when you are in the Midwest.
Chapman Valley Fishing Park: Conveniently located a short 25 minute drive north of Geraldton, Chapman Valley Aquaculture is the perfect place to experience the scenic Chapman Valley area. Chapman Valley Aquaculture are licenced to farm for commercial purposes Silver Perch, Barramundi, Marron, Koi and Goldfish.
Wildflowers: There are more than 12,000 species of wildflowers in Western Australia and Mullewa is home to one of the largest varieties! The wildflower season kicks off between July to October, and the sooner you get out to see them the better because they don’t last long. There are a number of places you can see wildflowers in and around Geraldton including Chapman River Regional Park, Mills Point Lookout, Mullewa and Coalseam Conservation Park.