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Howatharra: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Oakabella Homestead

This charming 1860s heritage-listed beautifully restored Oakabella Homestead, together with its original unique barn and restored shearing shed, sits on 1,000 acres of lush farmland only 30 kilometres north of Geraldton.

Join a tour of the homestead and mini museum containing early farm machinery, equipment and an impressive display of relics found on site including a mid-1800s bottle collection, Indigenous artefacts and historic farm utensils.

You can enjoy Devonshire tea and light lunches in the caf? in air-conditioned comfort or simply stroll through the shearing shed and stables, along the creek and past the scenic gorge and waterfall.

Lot 4 Starling Road,
Northampton, WA, 6535

Located 4.8K from Howatharra

Chapman Valley Scenic Drive

Scenic drives through fields of spring time wildflowers and picturesque farmland makes Chapman Valley a popular destination for self drive adventure in season.

Make sure you drive the short climb to Mills Lookout from where you will find yourself looking at the valley with the ranges in the background.

The Lavender Valley farm is open from April to December and offers delicious fare as well as lavender products. Burnt Barrel Barbecue will delight all meat eaters and are fully licensed.

The scenic flat-topped Moresby Ranges dominate the landscape south west of Chapman Valley, where you'll also find a number of station grazing properties. The area is rich in farming history - look out for colonial buildings like the two stone churches in Nanson. Stop in and visit the Chapman Valley Historical Museum (open Wednesdays and Sundays), or pack a picnic and simply enjoy the wide open spaces.

A fishing park is open on weekends and public holidays, so why not catch your own dinner?

You can drive to the Chapman Valley area in about five hours from Perth or start your exploration within 15 minutes from Geraldton.

via Chapman Valley Road
Geraldton, WA, 6530

Located 15.9K from Howatharra

Chiverton House Museum

Chiverton House Museum captures the essence of life in the late 1800s for the miners at Geraldine Lead Mine. Wander through this quaint stone building to see a range of interesting historical items. Step outside and visit the newly constructed machinery shed housing old farming machinery and vintage cars. It is also worth checking out the old stables, butcher building and two stone wells.

Chiverton House is believed to have been built by convicts which is particularly significant as it would make it one of the last buildings built by convicts in Western Australia.

Located in Northampton, five hours drive north of Perth and just north of Geraldton, Chiverton House Museum is one of three significant historical sites in the small mining town. Whilst in the area be sure to visit the Church of St Mary in Ara Coeli and the ruins of Gwalla Church.

80 Hampton Road
Northampton, WA, 6535

Located 18.9K from Howatharra

Hampton Road Heritage Walk

The Hampton Road Heritage Walk presents a unique opportunity to explore historically significant buildings in the town of Northampton. Start your visit at the old Police Station, which now houses the Northampton Visitor Centre, where you can pick up a guide to the walk.

Examine the fine construction work of many of the buildings which are believed to have been built by convicts. Step back in time with a tour of the Chiverton House Museum to learn about the life of miners in the late 1800s.

Visit Our Lady in Ara Coeli Church and Convent of the Sacred Heart which were designed by Monsignor John Hawes, a prominent and respected architect and priest who was responsible for many significant buildings in this region.

Saunter through the Gwalla Church and cemetery ruins, the Mary Street Railway Precinct and the Motors and Machinery Shed.

The walk through Northampton can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a day or more to explore depending on what you'd like to visit.

Northampton is 50 kilometres north of Geraldton or five hours drive north of Perth and has been classified as a historic town by the National Trust.

Hampton Road
Northampton, WA, 6535

Located 20.4K from Howatharra

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach is one of the most popular Geraldton beaches for windsurfing and kite surfing. Hire your equipment in town, and whilst you are there you can arrange to take a lesson with a former National Champion before taking on the waves and famous Geraldton wind on your own.

While the wave conditions make this beach more suitable for the experienced rider, spectators can relax on the soft white sandy beach and admire the skill of the windsurfers out on the water. A profusion of colour from the sails skimming across the water will fill the ocean most days.

Experienced surfers will also enjoy the challenging ride on the waves off the coast. Geraldton offers several other beaches suitable for the less experienced surfer. Enjoy a 30 minute walk along the beach back to the town centre to explore many other attractions on offer in this charming coastal town.

Sunset Beach is in the northern suburbs of Geraldton which is a five hour drive north of Perth.

via Volute Street
Geraldton, WA, 6530

Located 20.8K from Howatharra

Spalding Park

Spalding Park is a picturesque 500 acre reserve located on the Chapman River near Geraldton. For the avid golfer there is an 18 hole golf course with a 72 par. Alternatively the keen athlete can enjoy a game of tennis, play a game of football or take a run on the immaculately kept playing fields.

Catering for the whole family, the superb children's adventure playground will keep the children entertained for hours. Bring along a picnic or make use of the excellent barbecue facilities.

The coastal town of Geraldton offers many sightseeing opportunities. Whether you prefer water sports, exploring historical sites, learning about the marine life along the Coral Coast or seeing it in person, Geraldton has plenty to do. Spalding Park is located in Geraldton, four hours drive north of Perth.

Green Street
Geraldton, WA, 6530

Located 22.0K from Howatharra

Howatharra: Travel Tips

Northampton Visitor Centre

During your visit feel free to stop by the Northampton Visitor Centre and pick up a souvenir, postcards or simply some information about the local area.

The visitor centre is located opposite the council offices on Hampton Road, Northampton in the 'Old Police Station', a building of heritage significance.

If you would like some help booking a bus trip, some information about local accommodation or other local attractions please don't hesitate to contact the centre. All the staff at the Northampton Visitor Centre hope to see you soon!

Hampton Road
Northampton, WA, 6535

Located 20.4K from Howatharra

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