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Wonthella is a suburb of Geraldton, known as Sun City, the big port and administrative centre for WA's Midwest region. Geraldton lies on Champion Bay about 424km north of Perth.

Wonthella itself - about three kilometres east of the city centre - seems to have most of Geraldton's sporting venues contained within its modest boundaries, including the racetrack, an international-standard hockey stadium, a soccer field, swimming centre and a golf course.

Geraldton has always been a popular holiday destination, with its warm, dry climate, great fishing and long, white-sand beaches. Geraldton is also WA's main lobster fishing centre.

The Geraldton coastline, known as the Batavia Coast, is named after the Dutch ship Batavia that was wrecked off the coast in 1629, almost 150 years before Captain Cook discovered the eastern coast of Australia. The mutiny, rape and murders which occurred after the wreck of the vessel form a very important part of early Australian history.

Two of the mutineers were punished by being marooned on the coast and they are considered to be the first European settlers in Australia. The first British contact in this area was by Captain Phillip Parker King in 1822.

Wonthella: Where To Go / Sightseeing

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 1.5K from Wonthella

Bill Sewell Complex


Wandering the streets of Geraldton it will be hard to miss the aesthetically pleasing grand building that is known as the Bill Sewell Complex. A visit to the Old Victoria Hospital display maintained by the ex-nurses will provide you with an interesting history of this magnificent historic building. Originally the site of a convict depot and later the Victoria District Hospital, the building played a significant role in the state's heritage.

Saunter around the building to examine the intricate architecture and visualise life for the convicts and residents of Geraldton of the late 1800s. Follow the 650 metre heritage trail around the buildings and grounds to learn more of the history of the building or join the local volunteers in a free guided tour of the complex on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Meet on the veranda of the Victoria Building. The tour includes a visit to the Old Gaol.

Geraldton is a charming beachside city located a short four hour drive north of Perth.




Corner of Chapman Road and Bayly Street
Geraldton, WA, 6530

Located 1.5K from Wonthella

Pages Beach


Pages Beach is a beautiful sheltered beach suitable for children of all ages and just a short walk from Geraldton's town centre. Bask in the glorious West Australian sun and enjoy a refreshing dip in the calm ocean. Children will enjoy playing in the shaded playground and afterwards perhaps settle down under the trees for a picnic or barbecue lunch.

Pages Beach is the only horse friendly beach in Geraldton and you can sometimes spot the locals exercising their horses in the shallows.

If the wind is strong enough Pages Beach can be a good spot for windsurfing. Alternatively, stroll along the beach or extend your walk to check out the iconic red and white candy stripes of Point Moore Lighthouse. Whilst the lighthouse is not open to the public, there is an interpretive plaque located at the front where you can take advantage of the excellent views over Geraldton and the bay and learn about the history of the 1878 lighthouse.

Geraldton is a four hour drive north of Perth.




via Chapman Road
Geraldton, WA, 6530

Located 1.7K from Wonthella

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 1.7K from Wonthella

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 1.9K from Wonthella

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 2.1K from Wonthella

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 2.2K from Wonthella

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 2.3K from Wonthella

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 2.6K from Wonthella

Wonthella: 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 2.1K from Wonthella

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