Father Irwin’s influence comes through in the high walls and narrow windows. Stone for the church was quarried from ‘Willigully’. It is reported to be the largest parish church in WA designed by Hawes and incorporates both Gothic and Romanesque styles. Monsignor Hawes was responsible for also designing churches in Mullewa, Geraldton and Nanson.more
Our Lady in Ara Coeli Church is quite an impress Catholic Church built in 1936. It was designed by Monsignor Hawes with input from the parish priest, Father Irwin. The original church sat on this same site for almost 70 years before being torn down. A feature of this church is the circular turret.more
This beautiful two storey convent was opened in 1919, another one of Monsignor Dawes designs. The nuns that originally started this convent went on to establish other convents in Port Hedland, Nanson, Carnavon and Roebourne. The convent closed when the number of nuns diminished.more
When this building first opened in 1890 it was actually made up of a few different shops including a tobacconist, general store, billiard saloon and saddlery. It is one of the oldest still operating stores in Western Australia. The old wooden counters are still in the shop along with the old cash registers.more
This old railway carriage sits in front of the Northampton Caravan Park. Originally it was brought to this spot to house the tourist bureau and to recognize the importance of the first public railway in WA which ran from Geraldton to Northampton in 1879. It is now for the future purpose of displaying railway memorabilia.more
Northampton’s Post Office was built in 1923 but not in its present location. It was moved from Nokanena Brook (just down the road) where it first sat. In 1954 some extensions were added and in 1994/95 new boxes were added. The Post Office is now an agency and privately owned and operated.more
This group of shops was believed to have originally been brought from a mining camp in Murhcison. Little has been done to the building. There has been a variety of business operating here over the years but today there is a Red Cross shop, a fruit and veggie shop and a veterinary clinic.more
There is no mistaking what this building is as you drive into the township. The old railway tavern was built in 1876 and was run by the Hosken family. During its time it had a ballroom which hosted many dances and wedding receptions. Out the back of the tavern there used to be stone stables but these have since been demolished. During WWII the...more
This quaint Anglican Church built in 1908 and is listed in the State Register of Heritage Places. The land was donated by Mrs Hannah Hosken with funds for the church coming from her family. The stone used on the church was quarried from Howatharra and was transported by rail to Northampton. In 1959 the vestry and porch were added.more
Built in 1885 these buildings once housed a police station and sergeant’s quarters and the towns courthouse. There were two cells in the cell bock, a kitchen and earth closet. Approval for the complex took 7 years to be approved and during this time the police worked out of a dilapidated building and quarters. A new police station and courthouse...more
The tourist bureau is in the old Police Station. It is not very big in size but the staff are very helpful. There are the usual brochures and books on the area as well as gifts and souvenirs. This is a great source of information for travelling to Hutt River Province, just north of Northampton. They will advise the best road to take. They also have...more
We stayed in Northbrooks Farm during our last night of our 7 Day Perth to Exmouth Tour with Travelabout Outback Adventures. A nice place. I saw this joey while trying to look for a puppy that I wanted to photographed. She's an orphan adopted by the owners of Northbrooks. The owner is very kind. He brought out some milk to feed the joey so that I...more
The café serves light snacks, sandwiches, burgers and drinks. They are open 7 days a week until 5.00pm. The building was originally built in two parts. On one side was a tearooms and on the other a tailors.
Northampton is around 475kms from Perth up the North West Coastal Highway. The nearest airport is at Geraldton or you can take a TransWA coach from Perth to Northampton.
During the month of October, there is a tradition of hanging the quilts through the main street of Northampton. Wonderful and very colourful quilts are hung from the buildings including the Old Convent and the Old Police Station. During this time there is a real fair-like atmosphere with lots of crafts and homemade food and a street parade.
Feeling a need for energizing? You can take yourself inside the Kings Chamber of the ‘Pyramid of Hutt’. This is a 5.3m timber framed pyramid which was commissioned by Prince Leonard in 2006. It was built by the specialists in the area of Pyramids and Pyramid Energy. Inside is the healing table. I can tell you though, in a 38C degree day, you don’t...more