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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.

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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 0.2K from Tarcoola Beach

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 1.2K from Tarcoola Beach

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 1.9K from Tarcoola Beach

Separation Point Lookout


Spectacular panoramic views of the picturesque coastal city of Geraldton can be seen from Separation Point Lookout. Watch windsurfers gliding the idyllic waters with the greatest of ease and boats heading out to the Abrolhos Islands. Surfers may also like to take advantage of the popular surf break at Separation Point.

Alternatively, stroll along the beach or extend your walk to the iconic red and white candy stripes of Point Moore Lighthouse. The lighthouse is not open to the public but you can enjoy the excellent views over Geraldton and the bay and discover the history of the 1878 lighthouse.

Geraldton is a four hour drive north of Perth.




Willcock Drive
Geraldton, WA, 6530

Located 2.4K from Tarcoola Beach

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 2.6K from Tarcoola Beach

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 2.8K from Tarcoola Beach

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 3.2K from Tarcoola Beach

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 3.2K from Tarcoola Beach

Tarcoola Beach: Events

Double Bill: I (honestly) Love You and HorseHead - Geraldton


HorseHead: In Francis Ford Coppola's 1975 ground-breaking film The Godfather, the head of a prize horse is savagely cut off and placed in the bed of a hotshot Hollywood film director for the refusal of a favour... ever thought about the two guys that had to put it there?
HorseHead is a whip-cracking tale of two men (The Fonzie Brothers) given this viciously gruesome task to ensure their future with the mob.

I (honestly) Love You: Love conquers all...except the truth.
This is a heart warming tale of love gained, love lost, and love thrown around a bit. I (Honestly) Love You explores what happens when two people, who share the extremely rare psychological condition of only being able to tell the truth at all times, fall deeply and madly in love.

Please check the website for ticket information.


Event Dates
2016
      17th Sep


75 Cathedral Avenue
Geraldton, WA, 6530

Located 2.9K from Tarcoola Beach

Tarcoola Beach: Travel Tips

Geraldton Visitor Centre


The Geraldton Visitor Centre moved into the renovated original railway station on Marine Terrace in December 2014. 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 do and see in Geraldton, Greenough 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 shop.

The Carriage Cafe, located on the back deck and overlooking the Indian Ocean offers great coffee and a variety of cool drinks, savoury and sweet options. The Cafe is open 9:00am to 4:00pm during the week and 9:00am to 12:30pm on weekends and public holidays.

Make sure you visit the upstairs interpretative room and check out the awesome views from both balconies. You can even take your tray of goodies up there!

The Geraldton Visitor Centre is open seven days from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday, and 9:00am to 1:00pm on weekends and public holidays. It is closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.




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

Located 3.2K from Tarcoola Beach

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