Church of Our Lady, Ken Stepnell

Population 814

Northampton, nestled in the valley of Nokarena Brook, 47 kilometres north of Geraldton, was awarded Historic Town status by the National Trust in 1993. It was declared a townsite in 1864 and is one of the oldest settlements in Western Australia. A former lead-mining centre, its prosperity is now based on sheep- and wheat-farming.

Visitor Information

The Old Police Station, Hampton Rd; (08) 9934 1488

Nearby national parks

  • Kalbarri National Park

    Kalbarri National Park is famous for its spectacular scenery, which features rugged coastal cliffs and towering river gorges, and its...more

  • Nambung National Park

    The unique attraction of Nambung National Park is the strange mysterious landscape, created by thousands of huge limestone pillars rising up...more

Nearby towns

  • Geraldton

    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...more

  • Greenough

    Lying 24 kilometres south of Geraldton, the Greenough Flats form a flood plain close to the mouth of the Greenough River. At its peak in the...more

  • Kalbarri

    Kalbarri lies at the mouth of the Murchison River, flanked by Kalbarri National Park. Established in 1951, the town is a popular holiday...more

In Town

Chiverton House Historical Museum: unusual memorabilia housed in what was originally the home of Captain Samuel Mitchell, mine manager and geologist. Surrounding gardens include herbarium and restored farm machinery; open 10am–12pm and 2–4pm Fri–Mon; Hampton Rd.

Mary Street Railway Precinct: railway memorabilia at the site of the town's 2nd railway station, built 1913; Eastern end.

Church of Our Lady in Ara Coeli: designed in 1936 by Monsignor John Hawes, WA's famous architect-priest; Hampton Rd.

Gwalla Church and Cemetery: ruins of town's first church (1864); Gwalla St.

Hampton Road Heritage Walk: 2 km walk includes 37 buildings of historical interest including the Miners Arms Hotel (1868) and the Old Railway Station (1879); contact visitor centre for map.


Alma School House: built in 1916 as a one-teacher school; 12 km N.

Aboriginal cave paintings: at the mouth of the Bowes River; 17 km W.

Oakabella Homestead: one of the first farms in WA to plant canola, or rapeseed as it was then known. Take a guided tour of the historic homestead and outbuildings; open daily Mar–Nov; 18 km S.

Horrocks Beach: beautiful bays, sandy beaches, good swimming, fishing and surfing; 20 km W.

Lynton Station: ruins of labour-hiring depot for convicts, used in 1853–56; 35 km NW.

Lynton House: squat building with slits for windows, probably designed as protection from hostile Aboriginal people; 35 km NW.

Principality of Hutt River: visitors are given a tour by the royals of this 75 sq km principality. With their own government, money and postage stamps, Hutt River exists as an independent sovereign state, seceded from Australia in 1970; 35 km NW.

Hutt Lagoon: appears pink in midday sun; 45 km NW.

Port Gregory: beach settlement, ideal for swimming, fishing and windsurfing; 47 km NW.

Warribano Chimney: Australia's first lead smelter; 60 km N.

Fishing spots near town

Kalbarri 86 km

The Murchison River at Kalbarri, about six hours’ drive north of Perth, produces a variety of fish including bream to 52 cm. ‘We also catch small mulloway in the river, yellowfin whiting, blue manna and green... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Geraldton Meteorological Office 47 km

For something different, you can learn how modern weather-forecasting works and the measuring instruments involved, in a 40-minute midday tour of the Geraldton Meteorological Office that culminates in the release of one... Find out more

Snorkelling in Kalbarri National Park 83 km

Near Kalbarri there are several top snorkelling spots, including the protected Blue Holes, Red Bluff and Chinamans Beach.... Find out more

Canoeing the Murchison River 84 km

A couple of companies offer canoe safaris down the Murchison River, with transport by 4WD. Try Kalbarri Adventure Tours or Kalbarri Boat Hire and Canoe Safaris, which also hires out canoes and paddleboats.... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Miners Arms Hotel

Originally built in 1868, with only a couple of the original walls remaining, the Miners Arms has been extended into the pub it is today. Claiming to be the oldest pub in town, even though the Railway Tavern reputably... Find out more

The Railway Tavern

Credited with the longest continuous licence in Western Australia, the tavern displays a fascinating history of the district on its walls. Serving wholesome food, the menu changes regularly and the pizza are very... Find out more

Campsites around town

Coronation Beach camping area 23 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 65 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

Caravan parks around town

Batavia Coast Caravan Park 38 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

Port Gregory Caravan Park 41 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

Sunset Beach Holiday Park 41 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

Double Beach Holiday Village 56 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

Kalbarri Tudor Holiday Park 84 km

This is a good quality park in an exciting seaside location. The park, not on the beach, is about 1 km from the centre of town. Bookings required in peak periods.... Find out more

Murchison River Caravan Park 85 km

This family-operated park is across the road from the water and is located in the heart of Kalbarri. It is a good quality tourist park. Pets are allowed outside school holidays. Bookings are required in school holidays... Find out more

Mullewa Caravan Park 88 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

Glenorie Lookout Lodge

From your lodge, 2 kilometres from the main homestead, look out over Glenorie’s working farm, the natural bushland and the Indian Ocean beyond. The cosy stone cottage sleeping four is self-contained and appointed... Find out more

Old Miners’ Cottages B&B

The Old Miners’ Cottages B&B is set on established grounds watered by the Bowes River, which flows into the Indian Ocean. Long Cottage has two B&B rooms and can sleep up to eight adults, while Moyle’s... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Riverside Sanctuary, Ajana 58 km

More than ten years ago, the owners of this sheep and wheat farm, inland from Kalbarri, noticed the environmental degradation on their property from many years of soil tillage compounded by erosion and compaction from... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Northampton park area

At Northampton

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Oakabella rest area 14 km

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

Small area just off the highway among a few trees.

Coronation Beach camping area 23 km

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

On the foreshore 8km west of the highway.

Murchison River rest area 58 km

120km S of Billabong (L) or 61km N of Northampton (R)

Well off the highway among trees on the riverbank.

Ellendale Pool camping area 66 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.

Alinta park area 66 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.

The S Bend rest area 71 km

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

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Flat Rocks rest area 75 km

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

On the foreshore 2km west of the highway.

Seven Mile Beach rest area 94 km

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

On the foreshore 2km west of the highway.

What's on around town

Market: Kings Park, cnr Essex St and Hampton Rd; 1st Sat each month.

Airing of the Quilts: quilts hung in main street; Oct.

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