16 January 2024

Have you ever considered a day trip to Geraldton? Save time and take a same-day return flight with Qantas or Nexus Airlines!

When you think day trip, the first thing that springs to mind are places such as the Swan Valley, Perth Hills or somewhere south of Perth but now thanks to say day return flights with Qantas or Nexus Airlines, you can explore a different part of Western Australia and head north to Geraldton. Although we recommend more than one day to discover all that Geraldton has to offer, you will be surprised how much you can fit into a day’s schedule if you plan ahead.

Departing Perth in the morning, you will arrive nice and early after a quick 60-minute flight. You’ll with touchdown in Geraldton prior to 10am, giving you ample time to explore the city. Not sure where to start? Read on!


See the beauty from above

Thanks to the early Nexus departure, you can land in Geraldton and jump on a scenic flight with Shine Aviation or Kalbarri Scenic Flights within the hour! Joining a scenic tour is the perfect option, with tours ranging from 1 hour to a full day, you can see it all from the best seat in the house…. from up above! Fly over Pink Lake (Hutt Lagoon), the Abrolhos Islands and see the Batavia shipwreck, while admiring the beautiful coastline that hugs the city of Geraldton. If you have more time, we highly recommend a scenic flight tour that lands on the Abrolhos Islands where you can snorkel the colourful coral gardens that teem with marine life, stroll the white sandy beaches and enjoy activities your tour guide has planned.

Chimere Pearls showroom

Treat yourself to some Abrolhos Pearls

Don’t forget to pack that credit card because once you visit Chimere Pearls or Latitude jewellers, we guarantee you will want to treat yourself (if budget persists!). Explore their diverse range of jewellery with pearls grown in one of the most remote and pristine locations in the world – the Abrolhos Islands, 60km off the coast of Geraldton. If pearls aren’t your thing, both jewellers offer a stunning range of sterling silver and gold jewellery, and Latitude Jewellers also have a stunning range of diamonds on offer.

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Explore the food and beverage scene

Dine in diversity - from freshly caught seafood to and Middle Eastern flavours, with a twist to rooftop and gin bars and the best locally made coffee and baked goods in town, Geraldton's food and beverage scene is constantly evolving and a top reason to visit. Your visit isn’t complete until you’ve tried fresh, locally caught Western Rock Lobster (crayfish), and it doesn’t get much fresher than in Geraldton’s Fishermen’s Wharf. Join a local operator on a pot-pulling tour, buy seafood directly off the back of fishing boats from Brolos Fresh, or enjoy lunch waterfront dining at Skeetas Restaurant. Make sure you drop into the new gin distillery at 30 Knots to sample their unique, handcrafted small-batch spirits. Explore our Geraldton Food and Beverage trail map here.

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Discover the rich history

Once you land at Geraldton airport in the morning, make your way to the HMAS Sydney (II) memorial situated at Mount Scott. Geraldton voluntary tour guides conduct free daily tours at 10:30am that take you through how it started, who designed and built it, including the symbolism, original sketch designs and construction of the dedicated services. An absolute must when you’re in Geraldton is to visit the Museum of Geraldton, overlooking the Indian Ocean. The museum celebrates the rich heritage of the land, sea and people of the Mid West region. Wonder around and discover the ancient landforms, Yamatji history and culture and the region’s unique natural landscapes and marine environment. The highlight of the museum is the impressive Shipwrecks Gallery where you can witness archaeological riches from four Dutch Shipwrecks - Batavia, Gilt Dragon, Zuytdorp, and Zeewijk.

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Immerse yourself in Geraldon’s culture

Geraldton is bursting at the seams with culture so make sure you make time for a visit to Yamaji Art Centre which gives you an insight into the heritage and cultural stories of the local Yamatji people. If you’ve hired a car then we highly recommend following the Yamatji art trail, a 195km drive that takes you to 14 significant Aboriginal sites of the Greenough and Mullewa areas. If you plan on wandering the streets of Geraldton, pop into Geraldton Visitor Centre to pick up a Public Art Trail Map and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the fascinating and colourful street art that lines the main streets. A visit to the Horizon Ball on the Beresford Foreshore is also worth a visit to snap some photographs.

Abrohols Islands - Ryan Chatfield

Visit the Abrolhos Islands

The Houtman Abrolhos Islands consist of 122 islands clustered into three main groups which extend from north to south across 100 kilometres of ocean. We would recommend dedicating an entire day to explore the islands by jumping on a scenic flight tour with Shine Aviation or Kalbarri Scenic Flights who each offer tours that land on one of the islands for a day of exploring and snorkelling, or if you have more time on your hands, jump on a liveaboard cruise with Eco Abrolhos where you can enjoy water and land based activities whilst cruising the islands for 5 days.

Extend your stay

There’s so much to discover in Geraldton so if you’re looking to extend your stay, there are a range of accommodation options available: