Northampton Travel Guide

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    Northampton
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    Hampton street - Northampton
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  • Northampton
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Northampton Things to Do

  • CHURCH OF ST. MARYL IN ARA COELI

    If you following the "Monsignor John Hawes" trail, then you will come to Northampton to see the Church of St Mary in Ara Coeli that was constructed by him in 1936.This church is described as "One of the most romantic of Monsignor Hawes' churches with Gothic character, heavily influenced by Arts and Crafts' motives, compared with his other churches...

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  • NORTHAMPTON TO KALBARRI

    We are travelling by car to Kalbarri National Park and have decided to take the inland North West Coastal route, travelling along Kalbarri road, passing inland scenery and the turn off to the Kalbarri National Park. This is the less scenic of the two routes, we were doing the coastal route on the way back to Geraldton.The scenery at the start is of...

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  • CONVENT OF THE SACRED HEART

    Next door to the "Church of St Mary in Ara Coeli," is the Convent of the Sacred Heart building, another Monsignor Hawes building.It's a double storied stone building with surrounding timber verandahs, much needed for the hot Australian summers. An internal staircase provides access to the top floor, several rooms and to the upper verandah from...

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  • SEWING MACHINE MUSEUM

    Located on the mezzanine floor of the Family Store is a Sewing machine museum. It isn't very large, but then, entry is by GOLD COIN DONATION. ($1 or $2)I guess this is more interesting for women than men, although the men there did seem to enjoy looking at these old machines! The majority were Singer Sewing machines, others were from around the...

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  • CHIVERTON HOUSE MUSEUM

    Coming from Geraldton, we entered Northampton and passed by Chiverton House Museum. We came back after lunch, then decided we had seen so many of these Museums that we would give it a miss. If you haven't, then perhaps a visit would be worthwhile as Chiverton House captures what life was like in the late 1800s for the miners at Geraldine Lead Mine....

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  • THE FAMILY STORE

    THE Northampton Family Store building opened for business in 1911. Back then, it consisted of three stores - a general store, a Barber/Tobacconist/Billiard area and a saddler serviced the horse and drays.Today, the heritage listed store hasn't changed much. It is family owned and stocks a range of goods including clothing, Manchester, footwear,...

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  • THE RAILWAY TAVERN

    I don't think you could miss the historic Railway Tavern, not with the word "Tavern" written in big bold letters on the roof!The Railway Tavern is found on the left hand side of Hampton road as you enter from Geraldton way. There is plenty of free parking in-front of the Hotel. The Tavern is a large stone, single storey building with a full width...

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  • LIONS PARK

    The Lions Park is situated on a side road right behind the Tourist Information centre. It was here we pulled into to eat our lunch and to visit the info centre.There was plenty of room for parking, shady trees, picnic tables ,bbqs, a large grassed area with playground and FREE public toilets.A footpath led to the main street and the Info centre....

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  • THE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

    We arrived in Northampton on a weekend only to find nearly everything closed. As we drove in from Geraldton way, I saw the big yellow "i" for the information centre on the right hand side of the main road. It was closed! There was myself and a couple from overseas looking in the windows. I could see it had the usual souvenirs, postcards and...

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  • Largest Parish Church in WA

    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.

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  • Our Lady in Ara Coeli Church

    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.

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  • Sacred Heart Convent

    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.

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  • Northampton Family Store

    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.

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  • Old Railway Carriage

    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.

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  • Roads Board Office

    This building was completed in 1898 where meetings were transferred from the Railway Hotel to this new office. In 1957 the building served as the local library. The building is now home to a local arts and crafts centre. There is more of the home type crafts on sale.

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  • The Post Office

    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.

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  • Northampton Iron Complex

    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.

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  • The Butcher Shop

    Built in 1924, the current butcher shop was originally a bakery known as McMins but was taken over in 1920 by Snars & Hatton. The original ovens are still located in the rear of the building.

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  • Northampton Railway Tavern

    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...

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  • Hampton Gardens

    At the north end of town is the Hampton Gardens which is set down from the road. The gardens and town square were designed to honour the pioneers. There is a small gazebo in the centre of the gardens.

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  • Hasleby’s Hardware

    This hardware store was once a grocery store owned by Hasleby’s and was later changed to selling hardware. Over the years there have been several owners but today the Hasleby family once again own the store and run it as a hardware business.

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Northampton Restaurants

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    Northampton Cafe

    by keeweechic Written Jan 22, 2008

    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.

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Northampton Transportation

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    Getting There

    by keeweechic Written Jan 22, 2008

    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.

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Northampton Local Customs

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    Airing of the Quilts

    by keeweechic Written Jan 22, 2008

    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.

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Northampton Off The Beaten Path

  • The Tea Rooms

    Out the back of the memorabilia building is the ‘tea rooms’. Certainly not much to look at and I don’t think they were open when I was there but they do provide drinks and light snacks.Location: Hutt River Province

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  • Stone Pier

    This stone pier has a large piece of yellow ore on the top of it. This came from the mines in the Capricorn Range of W.A. The pier has some 26 minerals encased in it. Some of them are quite rare.Location: Hutt River Province

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  • The Pyramid

    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...

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    WHERE TO BUY FOOD

    by balhannah Updated Dec 6, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Come midday on a Saturday in Northampton and nearly every shop shuts its doors. We didn't realize this and had been looking around town before buying something to eat.

    It was quite a challenge to find a take-away meal, we didn't want a sit down meal.
    Unbelievably, it was the Newsagent that sold some pastries and did coffees, so this is where bought lunch.

    BP Roadhouse- Has a range of vegetarian options, burgers, pies, fish and chips, cakes, sushi rolls, meat and salad bowls and wraps are just a few of the meals and snacks available.
    Located on Hampton Road in the main street.

    Burnt Earth Cafe- Has fresh gourmet coffee, cakes and slices for morning or afternoon tea and breakfast meals, burgers, wraps, soups and salads, toasties, pies, sandwiches and more.
    Located on Hampton Road in the main street.

    Middle Paddock Cafe- adjoins the Northampton Motor Hotel and offers Morning tea and lunches with gourmet cakes and espresso coffees.

    Miner's Arms Hotel- Pub style food including steaks, parmigianas, fish, salmon, prawns, pastas, daily specials - located in Hampton Road in the main street.

    Northampton Motor Hotel- Has a range of counter meals in the lounge area of the hotel including steaks, fish, parmigiana, burgers, chef's specials and more. Located in Hampton Road in the main street.

    Pub meals ARE NOT CHEAP like in the rest of Australia.

    Newsagent Nothampton Motor Hotel
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