The City of Geraldton has established itself as a trendy seaside city with the emergence of cold-brew coffee, street-art and arts festivals, shopping for coloured pearls, and indigenous drive trails. Blessed with beautiful inner-city beaches and a warm, windy climate - the region is a popular destination for water sports enthusiasts and maritime historians visiting Point Moore lighthouse.
Explore Geraldton Harbour on an early morning Lobster Pot Pull and have a chef cook up your catch with Abrolhos Adventures or Eco Abrolhos or enjoy a Summer Sunset Cruise as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean. Enjoy food, beverages and live music during the warmer months (November to January). Book this tour with the Visitor Centre.
Prefer to find your lobster on land? The Geraldton Fishermen’s Co-operative Live Lobster tours will show you their state of the art processing plant, providing a behind the scenes insight into this multi-million-dollar regional industry. The tour aims to educate people on the Western Rock Lobster industry. Try your hand at holding a live lobster guaranteed to spark squeals of delight and stay on for lunch at Barnacles on the Wharf. Tours depart Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10am
Visit the Museum of Geraldton to find out more about the region's rich heritage of the land, sea and people of the greater Geraldton area. See archaeological riches from four Dutch shipwrecks - Batavia, Gilt Dragon, Zuytdorp, and Zeewijk, in the Shipwrecks Gallery or join the highlights tour (daily at 11.30am). Enjoy the 3D film showing the HMAS Sydney II and HSK Kormoran which lie 2500m deep in the ocean. Open 9.30am to 3pm daily, excluding public holidays. Find out more about the history of the Abrolhos Islands.
Follow that up with a more modern masterpiece! Some see a snow globe, others a clear marble. You will find this modern art installation, Horizon: Public Art, the city of Geraldton's newest #Instaworthy location, on the Beresford Foreshore at the bottom of Dean Street. The 1.5metre sphere named Horizon comes highly regarded, created by artist Lucy Humphrey. The piece was first featured at Australia’s Sculpture by the Sea exhibition. The very big, clear sphere turns the world upside down due to the water inside. The design is sure to delight at all times of the day because of the way light reflects off it.
Geraldton’s coast offers a watersports wonderland, with a range of water-based opportunities such as swimming, surfing, stand up paddling, windsurfing, kiteboarding, diving, snorkelling, fishing or beachcombing. Head to Town Beach during the warmer months (November to April), where you can try fly boarding, jet skiing, wake boarding or tubing with Ultimate Watersports. Geraldton’s consistent summer winds have made the city one of the world’s top windsurfing and kiteboarding locations, with Point Moore, Sunset Beach, St Georges Beach and Coronation Beach all providing excellent conditions (October – April). Winter is ideal for surfing with Back Beach a good break for beginners, and Sunset Beach, Greenough and Flat Rocks popular in bigger swells for the more experienced.
The town beach is a family-friendly space with BBQs, free Wi-Fi, picnic tables, playground, waterpark and Youth Precinct. Featuring colourful climbing equipment, swings and slides, water fountains and more, the Foreshore will keep the kids cool and happy. The nearby Esplanade offers fantastic views over the city from its landscaped walkways and viewing platforms. Use the binoculars to check out the local sea lions on Seal Rock.
The popular Coronation Beach – locally referred to as “Coros” – is a haven for those with a love of water-based activities. Coros offers awesome fishing, windsurfing, swimming and kiteboarding opportunities, alongside camping and BBQ facilities (for a small nightly fee).
Point Moore Lightouse with it's iconic red and white design stands 34m tall, making it the tallest ‘metal’ lighthouse in Australia. Its beam can be seen 26 kilometres out to sea and is the oldest surviving Commonwealth lighthouse in Western Australia. The annual Point Moore Lighthouse Open Day is on the third Sunday in August.
Just 60km off the coast, the Abrolhos Islands is Geraldton’s very own aquatic playground – one of Australia’s top spots for fishing, diving, windsurfing and swimming, or just relaxing on white sandy beaches. Enjoy a scenic flight or stay on-board a multi-day live-abroad cruising tour with Abrolhos Adventures, Eco Abrolhos Cruises, and Pelican Charters. The Islands are only the second location in Australia to be awarded a Hope Spot location by Mission Blue, whose role is to determine vital ecosystems and ignite support to safeguard them as marine protected areas.
Don’t have time to visit the Abrolhos Islands? Take a scenic flight with Geraldton Aviation or Shine Aviation across to the Abrolhos Islands or further north to the picturesque Kalbarri region including the fabulous Pink Lake. Land on an uninhabited island and explore local wildlife on a full day tour. Whilst in Geraldton purchase the unique coloured pearl and learn about the aquaculture operations on the Islands. Visit Latitude Gallery to see the variety of pearl shades, including the stunning black pearl.
Explore Geraldton's indigenous culture on your bike. The 195km Yamaji Drive Trail is a two-wheel-drive trail featuring 14 sites of significance to local Yamaji Aboriginal people living in the Geraldton, Greenough and Mullewa areas. Pick up a self-guide brochure from the Geraldton Visitor Centre, or download it via australiascoralcoast.com. Back this up with a visit to the Yamaji Art Centre which is Aboriginal owned and operated. The gallery provides professional services to support and develop Aboriginal artists living in the Lower Murchison region of Yamaji Country with a focus on sustaining cultural maintenance and arts practice while creating economic benefit.
Located on Mount Scott, the stunning HMAS Sydney II Memorial commemorates the 645 Australian crew who lost their lives during a World War II naval battle in 1941. The memorial is made up of five symbolic elements: the Central Memorial Building including the Dome of Souls, the Wall of Remembrance, the Stele, the Waiting Woman, and the Pool of Remembrance: Closing the Circle. Note: Tours commence daily at 10:30am (donations welcome)
Dine in diversity – from Chinese to Italian, rooftop bars to high tea, sweet treats to tasty tapas along Marine Terrace or otherwise known as 'Eat Street'. Geraldton’s food and drink scene is ever changing and a top reason to stay the night. Your visit isn’t complete until you’ve tasted the locally-caught Western Rock Lobster (crayfish). Treat yourself to dinner and a view over the Harbour at Skeetas Restaurant
Geraldton is a great base from which to explore Wildflower Country, with visitors coming from far and wide to see the spectacular wildflowers (July to October). From the Chapman River Regional Park to the Moresby Ranges, Mullewa and Coalseam Conservation Park, there are hundreds of species to discover, including everlastings, pom-poms, wreath flowers, orchids and Geraldton wax. Learn more about the spectacular wildflowers by speaking to Visitor Centre staff for the latest wildflower report.
Through an interactive display of video, imagery and a diverse collection of artefacts, the Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre provides an insight into the life and work of Monsignor John Hawes. The Byzantine style St Francis Xavier Cathedral is one of his greatest masterpieces. Guided tours are available for a small fee (Monday, Wednesday and Sunday at 2:30pm and Friday at 4pm). The Cathedral is part of the Monsignor Hawes Heritage Trail.
Geraldton is a great festival city, be it an art and jewellery exhibit, weekend music festival, muster and rodeo event, writers’ weekend, comedy festival, or wind-sports event – Geraldton has that extra something happening whenever you choose to visit. Check the Visit Geraldton website for what’s on.
Enjoy Geraldton's Art Trail by picking up a map from the Geraldton Visitor Centre, and take a self-guided tour throughout the city of Geraldton, where you will come across colourful street art, local galleries, art installations like the Ilgarijiri (Emu eggs sculpture), and decorated walls (such as the popular butterflies wall), paths and bollards. And don’t forget to visit the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery!
If you have time to explore outside of Geraldton, head to Ellendale Pool, which is a stunning water hole naturally formed along the picturesque Greenough River. Located near the historic town of Greenough, it is surrounded by magnificent gum trees and a rocky gorge, and is just 45km or 20 minutes drive south east of Geraldton. Interpretive signs celebrate the importance the pool has played in Aboriginal and European history. This location is also part of the Yamaji Drive Trail.
Fancy a fish? Chapman Valley Fishing Park offers a fun, affordable and unique social escape with no fishing experience or equipment necessary. Just 25mins north of Geraldton, you can fish for an hour or the whole day, the choice is yours. With all your fishing gear supplied, refreshments available at the café and plenty of landscaped picnic and barbeque areas, Chapman Valley Fishing Park is an easy place to laze away the hours.