Northampton was classified as a historic town by the National Trust of Australia in 1993. It exudes a friendly, country charm with historic character buildings lining the main street surrounded by rich, golden agricultural lands.
To best explore the town's history, be sure to grab a copy of the Hampton Road Heritage Walk from the Northampton Visitor Centre
. The visitor centre itself is of historical significance, as it was formerly the town police station, built in 1882. You can gain a further appreciation of the town's history by stepping back in time at Chiverton House Museum
In the centre of town you will find Our Lady in Ara Coeli Church (c. 1936) built by the legendary Monsignor Hawes. Right next door you will find the Sacred Heart Convent built in 1919, also designed by Monsignor Hawes. The convent now offers budget accommodation, function room and catering facilities.
If your travelling in October be sure to be in Northampton for the 'Airing of the Quilts'. The historic town's main street becomes alive with people and colour as lovingly made patchwork quilts are displayed from buildings, roadsides and shops. You can really make a day of it by also enjoying the family entertainment, stalls, food and craft, street parade and carnival atmosphere.
Visit the most haunted house in Western Australia and take in the land of ghosts and its beautiful scenery. With the first lease taken up in 1851, this authentic, pioneering, stone homestead is classified by the National Trust. Although closed for the month of February, Oakabella Homestead
offers camping sites, showers, toilets and full disabled facilities.
Be reminded of the first public railway built in Western Australia, with this historical display of refurbished railway rolling stock at the east end of Mary St.
A free chemical pump out station for caravans is now available behind Hampton Gardens at the north end of town.
Video of Northampton
The television show Postcards WA visited the Kalbarri region and shot some interesting footage of Northampton and the Oakabella homestead. Watch the Northampton episode
Search the list of Coral Coast accommodation
for Northampton options, including breakfast, backpackers, hotel/motels, a caravan park and farm and station stays.
Dining is available at hotels, a nearby historic homestead, a cafe, and takeaway outlets.
For more information about Northampton, or to book accommodation and tours, visit the Northampton Visitor Centre
website or call +61 8 9934 1488.