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Karloo: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Tarcoola Beach

Tarcoola Beach is a picturesque beach in Geraldton that offers safe swimming for the whole family. Spend the day at the beach swimming in the calm turquoise water and relaxing on the soft white sandy beach. Children will enjoy building sandcastles on the shore.

Stroll along the beach collecting shells and other fossils washed up on the sand. For the more energetic, continue the half hour walk into the town centre along the coastline, watching the skilful windsurfers tackling the famous Geraldton wind and darting across the water.

Relax on the grassed area across the road from the beach to admire the stunning view of the ocean while enjoying a picnic lunch. Stay until the end of the day and marvel at the spectacular sunset across the horizon.

Tarcoola Beach is a southern coastal suburb of Geraldton which is a five hour drive north of Perth. The charming city of Geraldton is an aquatic playground offering an array of first class beaches and a variety of water activities to compliment its location.

via Wilcock Drive
Geraldton, WA, 6530

Located 2.6K from Karloo

The Hermitage

The Hermitage is a charming historical building in Geraldton that was one of many designed by prominent architect and priest Monsignor John Hawes. This building held special significance to Monsignor Hawes as it was designed as his retirement house. Whilst the house is currently not open to the public, the building itself is extremely photogenic from the outside.

Collect a map of the Monsignor Hawes Heritage Trail from the Geraldton Visitors Centre and discover several fascinating historic buildings including the magnificent St Francis Xavier Cathedral, Nazareth House and the Cemetery Chapel of The Holy Spirit. Whilst on foot explore the charming city of Geraldton and conclude your walking tour with a refreshing dip in the Indian Ocean.

Stay in Geraldton for a couple of days and take advantage of the coastal city's close proximity to the well preserved historical settlement of Greenough. Then hit the ocean and explore the spectacular archipelago of the Houtman Abrolhos Islands where snorkelling and fishing are highly recommended. Geraldton is situated just four hours drive north of Perth.

Hermitage Street
Geraldton, WA, 6530

Located 2.7K from Karloo

Back Beach - Geraldton

Back Beach is one of the most popular surfing beaches in Geraldton. For the surfing enthusiast make sure to bring your surf board and practice your skill on the medium to large waves with the locals.

The Surf Life Saving Club patrols the beaches during the summer weekends, so make sure you swim between the red and yellow flags. Whilst the beach is not recommended for children to swim due to the strong swell, there is plenty of soft and hard sand to construct a sand castle or kick a football around.

The Chris Mainwairing memorial stands on top of the dune next to the Surf Life Saving Club. Chris was born in Geraldton and went on to become an AFL player for the West Coast Eagles. The memorial was erected after his death in October 2007.

Enjoy a 20 minute walk from the town along the pristine white sandy beaches of Geraldton to Back Beach and watch the keen surfers tackle the consistent waves at the surf break. The coastal town of Geraldton is a five hour drive north west of Perth and offers an array of attractions and a variety of spectacular beaches.

via Willcock Drive
Geraldton, WA, 6530

Located 3.0K from Karloo

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 3.1K from Karloo

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 3.4K from Karloo

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 3.4K from Karloo

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 3.5K from Karloo

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 3.7K from Karloo

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 3.8K from Karloo

Karloo: 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
      13th May
      14th May

Cnr Dulacher Street and Maitland Street
Geraldton, WA, 6530

Located 3.3K from Karloo

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