Historic sites dot Western Australia's Coral Coast, providing amazing insights into the region’s fascinating past. Here you can explore ancient Indigenous spiritual sites, beautiful colonial buildings and churches, and the remnants of town sites established by pioneers and early settlers.
Indigenous historic sites
The Yamaji Drive Trail in Geraldton includes 14 indigenous sites that can be visited, all with interpretative signage explaining the sites significance
Shark Bay, on Western Australia’s Coral Coast, has been home to Indigenous Australians for thousands of years and boasts over a hundred Indigenous historic sites.
Kennedy Ranges and Mount Augustus National Parks
Further north, in the Kennedy Range and Mount Augustus National Parks near Carnarvon, there are more than a hundred archaeological sites, many with Indigenous ceremonial or mythological importance.
Colonial historic sites
Mullewa and Three Springs murals
Mullewa and Three Springs are adorned with giant, colourful murals depicting different aspects of local history.
Visit Russ Cottage in Dongara. Built in the late 1860s, it was restored by the Irwin District Historical Society and is typical of a yeoman’s cottage of the time.
Central Greenough Historic Settlement
Greenough is home to the Central Greenough Historic Settlement. This historic site on Western Australia’s Coral Coast features character stone buildings and remnants of a once thriving community of pioneers who developed the area at the turn of the 19th century.
St Francis Xavier Cathedral, Geraldton
Geraldton’s St Francis Xavier Cathedral was built in stages from 1914 until it’s opening in 1938. The Byzantine style architecture of this cathedral is one of Monsignor Hawes’ greatest masterpieces. Guided walking tours of the cathedral are available.
Residency Building, Geraldton
One of Geraldton's first buildings the 'Residency' was built in 1861 to house Geraldton’s first Magistrate, Charles Symmonds. In early days it was an important social venue and has since been used as a Community Centre, an Arts and Craft Centre and was Geraldton’s first maternity hospital. The building has been owned by the Geraldton Cultural Trust since 2006 and its 31 rooms are used by over 36 groups and over 600 members for community events and the like. Guided walking tours of the building are available. Stop by the Geraldton Visitor Centre for further details.
Nanson and Nabawa
The townsites of Nanson and Nabawa in the Chapman Valley boast a selection of historic architecture. Nanson is also home to the Chapman Valley Historical Society.
Northampton is home to two of Monsignor Hawes’ 16 churches, Our Lady in Ara Coeli Church (c. 1936) and the Sacred Heart Convent (1919). While in the area be sure to visit Oakabella Homestead. Dating back to 1851 and classified by the National Trust, it is believed to be the most haunted house in Western Australia.
Lynton Hiring Station
Port Gregory’s Lynton Hiring Station is tucked into the area’s rolling hills. The station's stone buildings once housed convicts who worked on the Geraldine Mine and pastoral stations on Western Australia’s Coral Coast. The convict facilities were built in 1853 and have been recently restored creating a fascinating historic site.
Peron Homestead Precinct
Peron Homestead Precinct is situated in the Francois Peron National Park of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area and offers a taste of life in the 1950s, when the park was a working sheep station. A self-guided walk around the precinct explores the history of the area, visiting the shearing shed, shearers’ quarters and stock yards. Interpretive signs explain the station’s interesting history along the way and a small interpretive centre depicts stories of Indigenous inhabitants.
Carnarvon Heritage Precinct
The Carnarvon Heritage Precinct features Carnarvon’s One Mile Jetty, the tramway and the Lighthouse Keeper’s Museum. All three are original features of the port of Carnarvon, which was initially constructed in 1897.
Vlamingh Head Lighthouse
Exmouth’s Vlamingh Head Lighthouse was built in 1912 and offers sweeping views of the cape.
Browse through the list of Coral Coast tours and attractions, or contact the region’s visitor centres for more details about visiting the historic sites of Western Australia’s Coral Coast.