Geraldton Travel Guide

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    Sunrise at Geraldton
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    Ship from in the tour bus
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    Dawn Princess anchored offshore
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Geraldton Highlights

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     Geraldton - Home of fresh Lobsters. 

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     Where Can I Find FOOD 

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     Nice to pass through on your way to seeing the Coast 

Geraldton Things to Do

  • Welcome Mosaic Mural

    On the wall of a building by the clock tower is a large mosaic mural. On the sides of the mural are the words welcome in many different languages. It was created by local artists and volunteers and designed by Jane McIntyre.

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  • Clock Tower

    The Clock Tower was erected as part of the Marine Terrace Partial Mall project between 1994 and 1995. The Zeewijk Cannon is right beside it.

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  • The Boardwalk

    The boardwalk runs between the marina and the back of the WA Regional Museum and gives a lovely view of the marina and Champion Bay. Concerts and the Boat, Fishing and Outdoor Show are held along this boardwalk. At the end is a fine dining restaurant called Conversations By Indigo. This whole foreshore is still being developed.

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  • Batavia Coast Marina

    The marina’s project began in 1987 and the facilities ere officially opened in 1995. There are 50 floating pens at varying lengths and widths and there is a wooden recreational jetty. A 270 metre breakwater was added to the boat harbour to hold back waves which were creating a problem.

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  • The Museum Shop

    The museum shop is just inside the entrance. They specialise in Australian books which cover local history, maritime and military and Aboriginal culture. They also have jewellery which include the famous Abrolhos pearls. There is something to interest everyone whether just browsing or looking for a special gift to take away with you.

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  • Desert Fauna Display

    In one section of the Mid West Gallery is a display on the animals, birds and reptiles of Western Australia. There is also a display of WA’s wildflowers.

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  • The Bristol Tourer

    In the main foyer, hanging from the ceiling is a Bristol Tourer. This was a civil utility bi-plane which was built after the first world war in the UK. WA Airways, who was the first airline before Qantas, used these planes to run between Perth and Geraldton.

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  • Aboriginal Display

    On display in this section are early boomerangs which were used for killing animals by the indigenous Yamaji aboriginals. They would hold them at one end and throw, knocking out or killing their target. The Spear was made of wood with the point made from a very hardwood which were hardened further by burning by fire then scraping down to shape a...

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  • Fishing

    The Fishing Gallery features items used by the rock lobster and wet line fishermen in Geraldton’s early years. Today the city is classed as a world leader in rock lobster fishing. More can be learned by taking a tour at the Lobster Factory at Fisherman’s Wharf.

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  • Witchitty Grub

    These chubby little worm like creatures are actually the larvae of moths and beetles. They drill their way into trees, eating the wood and sap on their way. The Aboriginals have made use of this source of food for hundreds of years. They protein enriched grubs are either eat them live and raw or cooked. I’m told they taste a little like prawns or...

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  • West Australian Insects

    There is a small but impressive display of insects found in Western Australia. These include, dragonflies, cockroaches, butterflies and moths, stick insects, grasshoppers, lacewings and of course the good old Aussie fly.

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  • The Abrolhos Islands Display

    This display shows the corals and the wonderful marine life of the area around the islands. There are small turtles and beautiful starfish.

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  • The Mid West Gallery

    The gallery features some 55 displays including 600 items and old local photographs. There is a curved wall in the gallery which spans 75 metres with a height of 3.6metres and winds in and out like a snake. Displays on this wall represent the Murchison River. The lighting is low to protect light-sensitive artefacts.

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  • The Batavia

    As in the WA Shipwrecked Museum in Fremantle, the Shipwrecked gallery features a large stone portico. These 137 prefabricated stones were part of the cargo which was intended as a portico at the Dutch headquarters in Batavia.

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  • Batavia Cannon

    This is actually a composite cannon from the Batavia. There was markings on the cannon which showed that the Amsterdam Chamber of the VOC owned it. It was raised from the wreckage site in June 1963.

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  • Batavia Propeller

    This propeller was from the shipwrecked Batavia. The ship was sailing from Fremantle to Geraldton with a cargo of coke and cement from Holland. The ship went around just 20kms south of Geraldton.

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  • The Zuytdorp

    There is a mystery as to what happened with the Zuytdorp. It was last seen as it departed the Cape of Good Hope on 22 April 1712. Wreckage was found at the base of the cliffs north of Kalbarri. It is thought that about 30 survived and lived using salvaged bits and pieces from the wreckage in Aboriginal camps.

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  • Artefacts

    Some of the best recovered ceramic artefacts of shipwrecked vessels have come from the Zeewijk, Vergulde Draeck and the Batavia. Some of these are on display including a Beardman Jug. These jugs were used to store rum. It was also known as a Bellarmine but the name Beardman came from the bearded face on the neck of the jug. It originated in the...

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Geraldton Restaurants

  • Another Place to Eat in Geraldton

    Small food court with about 5 shops: Malaysia, Chinese, Roast and Cafe. Good choice if sick of fast food. Malaysia combination is good if you like spicy food. From AUS$6.60 dollar for a small combination of 3 dishes.

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  • The Budget Thai Food

    Small, warm feeling restaurant next to YHA. Crowded with people during lunch time. Best choices other than fast food in Geraldton. Cooked by Thai chef.Highly recommended lunch specials on wednesday to Friday (11am-2pm), AUS$11/head for 3 courses meal.Entrees: Spicy Beef Salad or Tom Yum Gai.8 choices of Main Dishes.Dessert: Ice-cream.Lunch:...

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  • Cheap Mecican and Italian

    We decided to grab a quick bite for lunch and ended up in this Mexican cafe that also sold Italian next to Subway (that's common like Maccas's (Macdonalds) in Aussi). Anyway, it didn't cost much but the food was litterally piled on the plates and we got so full, we couldn't eat it all. We highly recommend it. Sorry, forgot the name, but it's the...

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Geraldton Nightlife

  • Freemasons Hotel

    This is one of the landmarks in Geraldton. The hotel was built in 1895 but it wasn’t the first Freemasons. This was built across the road. The name of the hotel came from the fact that the local Freemasons would conduct their meetings in the building.The hotel has two bars, the Irish Bar and The Freo’s. The hotel provides a variety of entertainment...

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  • Queens Park Theatre

    The theatre which opened in 1982 is across from St Francis Xavier Church. They offer all kinds of entertainment from theatre, concerts, dance, musicals and movies.

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Geraldton Transportation

  • Cruising In

    We arrived in Geraldton on the Dawn Princess, which is the Princess ship that just does Australian and Pacific cruises. The ship got to the port late. It was a tender port.

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  • Driving to Geraldton

    If you are driving from Perth, it will take you about 5 hours straight through but there is plenty to stop and see on the way up so give yourself a good part of the day. From Perth take the Great Eastern Hwy, connecting with the Great Northern Hwy until you get to the Brand Hwy and follow it all the way to Geraldton. Or if you stop off at the...

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  • Getting There

    By Air The airport is about 10kms east of downtown on the Mullewa Road. Skywest fly to Geraldton. By BusBoth Greyhound and Transwa Bus travel to Geraldton on their Perth to Darwin route. Greyhound buses arrive and depart at the Geraldton Visitor Centre while the TransWA buses arrive and depart at the Railway Station. The journey takes about 5...

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Geraldton Shopping

  • Rivers Australia

    Rivers Australia have a clearance shop in Geraldton. They offer casual kids, womens and men’s clothing and footwear all at reasonable prices. You can also shop on line at www.rivers.com.au.

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  • Bennett's Store

    The Bennett family bought the building in 1926. Their residence was above the shop which they modernised in 1930. The shop has been operated by the family for over 70 years. Inside the store looks similar to how it may have looked in the early days although the merchandise is modern. Bennett’s is a department store which sells clothing and...

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  • Suncity Books & Internet Café

    This café is open 6 days a week. Its quite a multi-store. There are books for sale or exchange as well as the use of several computers for internet use. As an extra bonus, you can also bring your washing in and do it while you are surfing the web for only $4.00 which includes the washing powder as well. Rates are pretty good.

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Geraldton Off The Beaten Path

  • Kojarena

    Between Bringo Lookout and Mullewa is Kojarena where there is an Australian Defence Satellite Communications station. Here they intercept communications from other countries satellites such as India, China, Japan, Pakistan and Russia. The station was opened in 1993.

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  • Mt Bringo

    27kms outside Geraldton on the Mullewa Mt Magnet Road is the Bringo Lookout. The lookout is just off the road and provides some sweeping views over the surrounding area and hills.

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  • The Australian outback

    When you drive past huge wheat fields, often the scenery is sparce. It's quite common to see a big empty field with one lonesome tree in the middle.

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Geraldton Sports & Outdoors

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    The best place for wind and kitesurfing is at Port Moore. This is a really popular place because of the wind – the windiest spot in Geraldton. Even some go as far to say the windiest place in the world. The beach is right opposite the lighthouse. St George’s Beach or if you want to go further, Coronation Beach which is 25kms north of Geraldton.

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