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Geraldton is up there with the top must-see surfing, kite surfing, windsurfing, diving, snorkelling, boating and fishing destinations in Australia. It's also ideally situated for exploring one of the greatest displays of spring wildflowers on Earth, with some intriguing Indigenous, maritime and Spanish missionary history to discover along the way.

Located on the beautiful Batavia Coast, 419 kilometres north of Perth, a road trip to Geraldton will take you just five hours. A coach will get you there in six hours, or you can fly direct from Perth in just an hour. And during the summer months, you also have the option to arrive in style by cruise ship.

All year round, Geraldton's consistent wind and swell make it the perfect playground to indulge in water sports. Just 60 kilometres from the shoreline, the coral-fringed Abrolhos Islands lure you to hop on board a fishing, diving or snorkelling charter, or take it all in from the air on a scenic flight. You can even combine your Abrolhos-by-air adventure with a flight over the marine-life rich Shark Bay World Heritage Area or the spectacular gorges of Kalbarri National Park.

From July to October, all eyes turn to the outback as Geraldton becomes the gateway to wildflower country, where everlastings and hundreds of vivid blooming varieties stretch as far as the eye can see.

Cultural enlightenment can also be found if you take time to immerse yourself in Geraldton's rich heritage. Learn about the ancient Yamaji culture. Step inside the Western Australian Museum - Geraldton to see the tragic stories revealed by relics of shipwrecks. Have a moment's silence at the magnificent HMAS Sydney II memorial to remember the 645 crew members lost in 1941. Or be transported to the Spanish missionary era by the awe-inspiring architectural work of Monsignor John Hawes at St Francis Xavier Cathedral.

Besides a buzzing modern foreshore that offers shopping, dining and lively entertainment, you'll also get to choose from an array of hotels, motels and self-contained houses and apartments through to caravan parks and bed and breakfast accommodation.

Geraldton

Geraldton: Where To Go / Sightseeing

The Esplanade


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 Ranges from a 360 degree viewing platform at its far end. The area also boasts barbecue facilities and landscaped walkways.

Formerly known as the Eastern Breakwater, it was renamed the Esplanade as an historic reference to the Esplanade Jetty that was once located in the area.

New interpretive signage tells the story of the Port, of Champion Bay and of the unique Sea Lions from the 1840s through to today. There are also a few surprises that will allow for more interactive interpretation.

An audio unit which will allow onlookers to hear the interaction between Captains and Harbour Masters as ships arrive and depart from the port will be installed in the near future. The recent installation of two telescopes enables visitors to have a closer look at Port activities and shipping movements.




246 Marine Terrace,
246
Geraldton, WA, 6530

Located 0.0K from Geraldton

Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre


John Cyril Hawes was born at Richmond near London on September 7, 1876 and baptised an Anglican. He qualified as an architect in 1897. In 1911 he converted to Catholicism and studied for the Catholic priesthood. After his ordination in Rome in 1915 he came to the Diocese of Geraldton at the invitation of Bishop William B Kelly.

During his 24 years in the Diocese of Geraldton, Monsignor Hawes designed 44 buildings, 29 of which were built. He physically assisted in the construction of five, including the world famous Saint Francis Xavier's Cathedral, Geraldton and Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Mullewa.

In 1939 he left for the Bahamas where he lived as a Franciscan hermit on Cat Island until his death in 1956.

Monsignor John Cyril Hawes is remembered not only as a priest and an architect but also as a talented craftsman, sculptor, painter, horseman and poet.

Discover the man behind Australia's most unique collection of Arts and Crafts Buildings. The Heritage Centre tells the story of Monsignor Hawes, Priest and Architect.




56 Cathedral Avenue
Geraldton, WA, 6530

Located 0.6K from Geraldton

Geraldton Regional Art Gallery


The Geraldton Regional Art Gallery is the single largest dedicated art gallery in the Mid-West region and is one of only three 'A' class venues in regional Western Australia. As such it employs professionally trained staff and provides the highest standard of environmental control and security. To be accessible to all members of the community the gallery provides wheelchair access toilet and a lift.

The Gallery aims to meet the artistic and cultural needs of residents from Geraldton, Greenough and Mid-West, as well as visitors from Australia and overseas. Annually the Gallery hosts some 15 international, national and local art exhibitions on rotation through its four gallery spaces. The Gallery also conducts education and outreach programmes, runs workshops and provides community services across the city and region. The Gallery offers free wifi access.

Like their page on Facebook to keep up to date with everything happening at the Gallery.




24 Chapman Road
Geraldton, WA, 6530

Located 0.6K from Geraldton

St Francis Xavier Cathedral


St Francis Xavier Cathedral is a spectacular church in the centre of Geraldton that you will find as magnificent on the inside as it looks from the outside. Designed by Monsignor John Hawes, it took 22 years to build.

Take a guided tour to share in the fascinating history of the cathedral and appreciate the intricate details of the cathedral's architecture. Available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, a minimal fee is charged for the tour.

Whilst in the area, the charismatic city of Geraldton lends itself to a host of attractions and activities. Visit the HMAS Sydney II memorial which is dedicated to the 645 sailors who lost their lives when the ship sunk off the coast of Western Australia in 1941. Wander around the largest regional museum in the state, The Western Australian Museum - Geraldton, to learn about the history and heritage of the area. Sail around the spectacular archipelago of the Houtman Abrolhos Islands making sure you stop to snorkel on the reefs.

Situated a four-and-a-half hour drive north of Perth, St Francis Xavier Cathedral and Geraldton's other attractions will not disappoint.




Cathedral Avenue
Geraldton, WA, 6530

Located 0.6K from Geraldton

Cathedral of The Holy Cross


The Cathedral of Holy Cross in Geraldton is renowned for having one of the largest areas of stained glass windows in Australia. Thanks to the elevated lot it stands on, the Anglican cathedral is an impressive sight from the road. Stroll around the grounds to examine the magnificent works of art on the windows. View the inside of the church and collect a pamphlet about its history and significance to the Anglican Diocese of North West Australia.

The 1960s cathedral is known as the "Coventry of Australia" due to its unusual design and resemblance to Coventry Cathedral in England. Visit other magnificent churches in Geraldton including the well known Francis Xavier Cathedral. Continue up Cathedral Avenue to see The Hermitage, a charming 1800s house designed by the prominent architect and priest Monsignor John Hawes.

The coastal town of Geraldton is an aquatic playground with countless attractions. Forming the gateway to the Abrohlos Islands, take the opportunity to snorkel amongst the vast array of marine life or join a fishing expedition. Geraldton is a four hour drive north of Perth.




101 Cathedral Avenue
Geraldton, WA, 6530

Located 0.9K from Geraldton

Western Australian Museum - Geraldton


Overlooking the stunning Batavia Coast Marina the Western Australian Museum - Geraldton tells the story of the Mid West region and the incredible maritime history of the Dutch East India (VOC) ships that were wrecked on this part of the Western Australian coast and nearby islands.

The Shipwrecks Gallery reveals the stories of mutiny and murder at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands when the Batavia wrecked in treacherous reef in 1629. The impressive Batavia portico stands proud as a relic of the precious cargo the Batavia had on board. Other stories in the Gallery include the Vergulde Draeck (Gilt Dragon) (1656), Zuytorp (1712), and the Zeewijk (1727) with exhibits of salvaged treasures such as coins, ceramics and cannons.

Learn about the lives of the local Yamaji people and the development of European settlement, or discover the region's native flora and fauna, including the abundant wildflowers.

Daily guided tours are available. The Museum's shop has a range of books, gifts and souvenirs that are suitable for every age and interest.




2 Museum Place
Geraldton, WA, 6530

Located 1.0K from Geraldton

HMAS Sydney II Memorial Geraldton


For a moving tribute to the sailors who lost their lives on HMAS Sydney II during World War II visit the HMAS Sydney II Memorial on Geraldton's Mount Scott.

With the long awaited discovery of the HMAS Sydney II on the sea bed off the coast of Shark Bay in March 2008, a visit to the memorial is even more poignant.

You can learn more about this important chapter in Australia's history at the Wall of Remembrance which bears the names of the 645 men who lost their lives. The memorial is made up of five symbolic elements and located on Gummer Avenue, overlooking the city centre.

The Geraldton Volunteer Tour Guides run a daily tour of the memorial, donations welcome. To obtain a copy of the Attractions of Geraldton or the latest Visitor Guide, please drop into the Geraldton Visitor Centre.

Geraldton is a five hour drive or one hour flight north of Perth.




Mount Scott,
Gummer Avenue
Geraldton, WA, 6530

Located 1.1K from Geraldton

Old Geraldton Gaol Craft Centre


Discover the history of Geraldton's former gaol and whilst there check out the diverse range of local arts and crafts at the Old Geraldton Gaol Craft Centre. Take a guided tour of the buildings, discovering the prominent role the gaol played in the state's history. Originally a hiring depot for convicts and gaol, the building was constructed in 1858 and was in operation until the late 1980s.

At the completion of your tour, spend some time perusing the eclectic arts and crafts available for sale from many of the talented locals. The Old Gaol Craft Centre forms part of the Bill Sewell Complex, a magnificent group of buildings, one of which operated as the Victoria District Hospital for many years.

Tours of the Old Geraldton Gaol Craft Centre and Victoria Hospital run on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and depart from the main building verandah.

Geraldton is a charming beachside town just a four hour drive north of Perth.




84 Chapman Road
Geraldton, WA, 6530

Located 1.2K from Geraldton

Geraldton: Events

Quaff Food and Wine Expo


Quaff Food and Wine is a celebration of life, a two day Lifestyle Expo in the vibrant seaside City of Geraldton, in the Midwest of Western Australia.
Quaff showcases food, wine, beverages and lifestyle products from all over Australia with a special focus on products sourced in the bountiful Midwest region.


Event Dates
2017
      13th May
      14th May


Cnr Dulacher Street and Maitland Street
Geraldton, WA, 6530

Located 0.9K from Geraldton

Geraldton: Travel Tips

Geraldton Visitor Centre


The Geraldton Visitor Centre is located in the Original Railway Station on Marine Terrace.

Take advantage of the Geraldton Visitor Centre's accommodation, tour and scenic flight booking services.

Friendly staff with expert local knowledge offer information on all there is to see and do in Geraldton, Greenough, Walkaway and Mullewa, including seasonal wildflowers, the Abrolhos Islands, historical and cultural attractions, as well as events.

There is a wide range of quality gift ware, souvenirs, local products and maps on sale in the retail shop.

The Centre overlooks the Indian Ocean adjacent to the Youth Precinct and Multi-Purpose Centre on the Geraldton Foreshore, and is only a short stroll to The Esplanade where you can view the resident sea lions. Cafes, galleries and boutique shopping are all close by.




Original Railway Station,
246 Marine Terrace
Geraldton, WA, 6530

Located 0.0K from Geraldton

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