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Rich in Indigenous and settler history, as well as natural beauty, Northampton is one of Western Australia's oldest towns. Step back in time to the convict and pioneering era, or walk amid the spring wildflowers that carpet the Wheatbelt countryside.

Northampton is 40 minutes north of Geraldton by car. From Perth, it's a five hour and 20 minute road trip that can include the Indian Ocean Drive, passing beaches, bays, wildflower hotspots and the extraordinary landscape of the Pinnacles Desert.

Long before Northampton was declared a townsite in 1864, the area was home to Indigenous peoples - you'll find their ancient rock art on the outcrops at Bowes River Road.

European settlement began in 1848, when lead and, later, copper was mined here. Today, this heritage is celebrated at the Railway Precinct where you'll discover the remnants of Western Australia's first government railway line, including station buildings, equipment and rolling stock.

Chiverton House Museum also houses a display of historical artefacts, photographs and restored farm machinery, as well as a fascinating herbarium of plants. A visit to the 200 plus classic and antique motors, trucks and tractors at the Motors and Machinery Shed provides another glimpse into the region's past.

In spring, the surrounding landscape is ablaze with colourful wildflowers. Take a self-drive tour to a host of popular wildflower hotspots, including Yerina Springs Road, West Binnu Road, Ogilvie Sandplain, Oakabella and Chapman Valley Road. Alternatively, book a tour to ensure you see the best of the blooms.

Visit in October and you'll witness another display of colour at the annual Airing of the Quilts festival - a celebration of the town's heritage and local crafts, featuring vintage cars, traditional costumes, entertainment and bright patchwork quilts hanging from buildings along the main street.

With an array of dining options and places to stay - from bed and breakfasts and farmstays to hotel, motel, caravan park and backpacker accommodation - Northampton is the ideal base from which to explore. While you're here, head to nearby Port Gregory's spectacular Pink Lake, and Horrocks, with its beautiful sandy beaches and Indian Ocean views.

Northampton

Northampton: Where To Go / Sightseeing

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 0.1K from Northampton

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 1.5K from Northampton

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,
Oakabella
Northampton, WA, 6535

Located 16.9K from Northampton

Horrocks Beach


Horrocks Beach is a popular and picturesque swimming beach in the beautiful seaside town of Horrocks. Enjoy swimming, fishing, beach combing or indulge in a range of water activities. During late spring, visit the specially constructed platform to look out for Humpback whales on their migration south.

You can swim out to the pontoon that is anchored during the summer months. If you are partial to fishing, then be sure to try your luck on the jetty. The bay is surrounded by coral reef where you can take a walk along the reef and neighbouring rock pools during low tide to investigate the diverse marine life.

Alternatively, if relaxing is all you want to do, soak up the sun on the white sandy beach while the children play in the nearby adventure playground.

Located 22 kilometres north west of Northampton, 45 minutes drive north of Geraldton or four and a half hours north of Perth, Horrocks is a stunning place to visit with plenty to do for the whole family.




Glance Street,
via Horrocks Road
Horrocks, WA, 6535

Located 20.1K from Northampton

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 22.7K from Northampton

Northampton: Events

Northampton Airing of the Quilts


* Markets * Parades * Quilts * Food * Fun * Activities * Entertainment *

Northampton has been holding it's very own community run festival for 20 years now. They celebrate a tradition which was considered a usual household chore of hanging the bed quilts outside air after the winter months. Long before sewing machines were invented, these quilts were sewn by hand and they are proudly displayed by their owners. This tradition is celebrated in many areas throughout the country and overseas. The main street in Northampton happens to be part of the North West Coastal Highway and is lined from one end to the other with colourful quilts, arts and crafts. They have had over 400 quilts in years before, and even hung the southern hemispheres larges quilt (over some trucks!).

Northampton Airing of the Quilts is celebrating its twentieth Anniversary this year - it is pretty much a street festival which takes over the entire town. A huge day for the region and the local community.

Yes - you can be part of it too, just get in touch before it's too late!


Event Dates
2016
      8th Oct


Hampton Road
Northampton, WA, 6535

Located 0.1K from Northampton

Northampton: 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 0.1K from Northampton

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