Francis Xavier Cathedral, Explore Australia Publishing

Population 37000

Situated on the spectacular Batavia Coast, Geraldton is the largest town in the mid-west region. As a port city, it is the major centre for the wheat belt and is renowned for its rock lobster industry. Geraldton is also regarded as one of the best windsurfing locations in the world, and has superb swimming and surfing beaches. The nearby Houtman Abrolhos Islands are the site of 16 known shipwrecks. The most infamous is that of the Dutch ship Batavia, which foundered on a reef in 1629.

Visitor Information

Bill Sewell Complex, cnr Chapman Rd and Bayley St; (08) 9921 3999 or 1800 818 881

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In Town

HMAS Sydney II Memorial Built on Mt Scott overlooking the town to commemorate the loss of 645 men from HMAS Sydney II on 19 November 1941. The ship sank after an encounter with the German raider HSK Kormoran. The wrecks of both ships were found in March 2008. Seven pillars representing the 7 seas hold aloft a 9m high domed roof formed of 645 interlocking figures of seagulls. At night an eternal flame lights the cupola. Near the memorial is the bronze sculpture of a woman looking out to sea, representing the women left behind waiting for those who would not return. The fifth and final element of the memorial, completed in 2011, is a remembrance pool, its black granite walls engraved with 644 seagulls and the remaining 2m seagull sculpture in the centre of the pool indicating the coordinates of the sunken vessel. Tours conducted daily at 10.30am. Gummer Ave.

WA Museum Geraldton Exhibits focus on the cultural and natural heritage of the Geraldton region. Maritime displays include finds from Australia's oldest shipwrecks, notably the original stone portico destined to adorn the castle gateway in the city of Batavia and lost to the sea when the Batavia sank in 1629. Museum Pl, Batavia Coast Marina; (08) 9921 5080; open 9.30am–4pm Mon–Sun. Adjacent in the Geraldton Marina is a replica of the Batavia longboat; the public is invited on harbour sailings most Sundays; check with visitor centre for details. 

Historic buildings: explore the town's historic architecture dating back to the mid-1800s, with works by noted architect Monsignor John Cyril Hawes a highlight. Many of the buildings have been restored and are open to the public, including the Old Geraldton Gaol (1858), which is now a craft centre, and the Bill Sewell Complex (1884), which was built as a hospital and subsequently became a prison. In Cathedral Ave, St Francis Xavier Cathedral offers tours (10am Mon and Fri, 4pm Wed), and the Cathedral of the Holy Cross has one of the largest areas of stained glass in Australia. Brochures for Historic Walk Trails available from visitor centre.

Geraldton Regional Art Gallery: the original Geraldton Town Hall (1907) converted to house art exhibitions and workshops; closed Mon; 24 Chapman Rd; (08) 9964 7170; 10am–4pm Tues–Sat, 1–4pm Sun.

Leon Baker Jewellers: international jeweller works with Abrolhos pearls and Argyle diamonds. Workshop tours available; 133 Marine Tce; (08) 9921 5451.

Rock Lobster Factory: take a tour with the Geraldton Fishermen's Co-operative and follow the journey of the town's most famous export, the western rock lobster, from processor to plate; covered shoes required; tours 9.30am Mon–Fri Nov–July; Connell Rd, Fisherman's Wharf; (08) 9965 9000. 

Point Moore Lighthouse: assembled in 1878 from steel sections prefabricated in England, and standing 34 m tall, this is the only lighthouse of its kind in Australia; information on nearby pillar; Marine Tce.


Houtman Abrolhos Islands These 122 reef islands with a fascinating history span 100 km of ocean and are the main source of rock lobster for the local lobster fishing industry. There are 16 known shipwrecks in the Abrolhos Islands, the most infamous of which is that of the Dutch ship Batavia from 1629. Captain Pelsaert and 47 of the survivors sailed north to Batavia (modern-day Jakarta) for help. When they returned 3 and a half months later, they discovered that a mutiny had taken place and 125 of the remaining survivors had been massacred. All of the mutineers were hanged, except for 2 who were marooned on the mainland, becoming Australia's first white inhabitants. There is no record of their subsequent fate. The wreck was discovered in 1963 and some skeletons of victims of the mutiny have been found on Beacon Island. The islands now offer diving, snorkelling, surfing, windsurfing, fishing and birdwatching. Access is via boat or plane; tours and charters are available. Contact visitor centre for details and bookings. 65 km W.

Fishing: good fishing spots at Sunset Beach (6 km N) and Drummond Cove (10 km N).

Mill's Park Lookout: excellent views over Moresby Range and coastal plain; 10 km NE.

Chapman Valley: picturesque farmlands and fields of springtime wildflowers on display July–Oct. Lavender Valley Farm offers natural body products; 1852 Chapman Valley Rd, Yetna; (08) 9920 5469; 20 km NEChapman Valley Wines is the northernmost winery in WA; 14 Howatharra Rd, Nanson; (08) 9920 5148; 30 km NE

Greenough: historic 1860s hamlet famous for its 'leaning trees', bent 90 degrees due to the coastal winds; 24 km S

Oakabella Homestead: one of the region's oldest pioneering homesteads with a rare buttressed barn; tours available; North West Coastal Hwy; (08) 9925 1033; 30 km N

. Scenic flights: tours over nearby Abrolhos Islands, Murchison Gorges or the coastal cliffs of Kalbarri; contact visitor centre.

Scenic drive: Indian Ocean Drive, with its coastal views, is a beautiful alternate route for travelling between Geraldton and Perth via Dongarra, bypassing much of the Brand Highway.

Cafes & restaurants around town

Boatshed Restaurant

Considered to be one of Geraldton’s finest eating establishments, the charming Boatshed Restaurant is housed in a 1940s building with boating memorabilia adorning the walls. The balcony is very popular during the... Find out more

The Freemason's Hotel

The Freemason’s Hotel is one of the town’s most popular haunts. Serving brasserie-style food, the menu features Asian flavours as well as steaks and local seafood, their specialty. Stone grill dining is the... Find out more

Tides of Geraldton

Contemporary decor overlooking harbour views and a vista of the Moresby Ranges greets diners at Tides. To suit its waterfront location, fresh seafood dominates the menu; however, meat lovers and vegetarians won’t... Find out more

Chapman Valley Wines Restaurant

Approximately 30 kilometres north-east of Geraldton is Western Australia’s most northern vineyard. After sampling Chapman Valley Wines’, patrons can enjoy a lunch platter, grab a barbecue pack or, if... Find out more

Campsites around town

Coronation Beach camping area 25 km

Visitors here will find sites dispersed among the coastal vegetation on the beach, which is a great spot to swim, fish, snorkel or just relax to the sound of waves lapping the shore. You need to bring your own drinking... Find out more

Ellendale Pool camping area 36 km

Ellendale Pool camping area is a delightful spot 47 km east of Geraldton via Ellendale Rd. Bring a gas/fuel stove and drinking water. Visitors will find a lovely freshwater pool that laps at a sheer cliff-face surrounded... Find out more

Breakaway camping area 92 km

Located just off Coalseam Rd from the Mingenew–Mullewa Rd, 34 km north of Mingenew, Breakaway camping area is set in a bush environment in an area noted for its wildflowers and mining heritage. Bring along a... Find out more

Miners Camp camping area 93 km

Basic facilities are provided in a natural bush setting that’s perfect for bushwalking and exploring the heritage associated with WA’s first coalmine. Come equipped with a gas/fuel stove and drinking water.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Sunset Beach Holiday Park 6 km

Located on the beach 6 km north of the city and in a quiet location, this is a popular park with tourists and is easily accessible from Highway One. The park is well appointed and a good base from which to explore the... Find out more

Batavia Coast Caravan Park 9 km

On the outskirts of Geraldton, this spacious dog-friendly park is easily accessible from the North West Coastal Highway. The semi-rural quiet setting will appeal to many. The park is owner operated. Bookings are required... Find out more

Double Beach Holiday Village 9 km

Set at the mouth of the Greenough River just 10 km south of Geraldton, this large, wellshaded park is protected from the onshore winds. Cook in the camp kitchen or buy takeaway food from the park’s well-stocked... Find out more

Seaspray Beach Holiday Park 60 km

Located on the edge of the water, this park is a good base for a holiday in the town. The owners also operate the adjoining resort, restaurant and fishing charter. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Dongara Denison Beach Holiday Park 62 km

This smaller park is ideally located on an estuary and you can enjoy a stroll to the busy boat harbour. It has very good amenities and big motorhomes can fit here, although not on the ensuite sites. The park is busy in... Find out more

Port Gregory Caravan Park 74 km

Located in the centre of this small historic town, the park is neatly maintained and will appeal to those looking for a quieter location close to the seaside. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Mullewa Caravan Park 91 km

On the highest hill in town this council-operated park is as neat as a pin with kerbed roadways, green grass and most amenities. Mullewa is a great base for exploring this spectacular, wildflower region in springtime.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Drummond Cove Holiday Park

Situated on the Batavia Coast about 10 kilometres from Geraldton, Drummond Cove Holiday Park has a range of accommodation choices, from four-bedroom homes to unpowered campsites. A short stroll to one of the best beaches... Find out more

Geraldton Bed & Breakfast

The Geraldton Bed & Breakfast is just a short stroll to the beach and a little further to the CBD. All guests staying in any of the three bedrooms have access to the shared bathroom, living areas, swimming pool and... Find out more

Mantra Geraldton

The tastefully decorated Mantra Geraldton has fully self-contained studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. The complex includes a secured carpark and an outdoor pool and spa. Within close vicinity to the CBD... Find out more

Marina Views

Overlooking the marina, you could practically dive from your balcony into the water at the Marina Views. With outdoor lounge areas, leather couches and flat-screen TVs, the apartments bring a bit of glamour to the... Find out more

Ocean Centre Hotel

The waterfront Ocean Centre Hotel overlooks Champion Bay, while only being a few steps from the CBD. Whether you’re staying in one of the standard hotel rooms or the honeymoon suite, the hotel is tastefully... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Coronation Beach camping area 26 km

T/O 24km S of Northampton (R) or 27km N of Geraldton (L)

On the foreshore 8km west of the highway.

The S Bend rest area 27 km

29km S of Geraldton (L) or 36km N of Dongara (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Alinta park area 30 km

T/O 28km S of Geraldton (L) or 37km N of Dongara (R)

At the wind farm lookout, 15km east of the highway on the road to Ellendale.

Flat Rocks rest area 30 km

T/O 33km S of Geraldton (R) or 32km N of Dongara (L)

On the foreshore 2km west of the highway.

Oakabella rest area 34 km

17km S of Northampton (R) or 34km N of Geraldton (L)

Small area just off the highway among a few trees.

Ellendale Pool camping area 36 km

T/O 28km S of Geraldton (L) or 37km N of Dongara (R)

On the banks of the Greenough River, 27km east of the highway via Walkaway.

Northampton park area 48 km

At Northampton

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Seven Mile Beach rest area 51 km

T/O 55km S of Geraldton (R) or 10km N of Dongara (L)

On the foreshore 2km west of the highway.

Midlands rest area 66 km

T/O 7km SE of Dongara (L) or 73km N of Eneabba (R)

Among a few trees 1km east of the highway via Midlands Rd.

What's on around town

Markets: 8am–12pm every Sat at Maitland Park and Sun at old Railway Station.

Wind on Water Festival: Jan.

Sunshine Festival: Oct.

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