Geraldton has established itself as a trendy seaside city with the emergence of chic new cafes, shops and art galleries. Blessed with beautiful beaches and a warm, windy climate the region is a popular destination for all water sport enthusiasts, particularly for yachting, windsurfing, surfing, diving and fishing.
Geraldton is an excellent base from which to explore the area’s many great attractions with the rolling hills of surrounding farmland and the Moresby Ranges creating a picturesque backdrop.
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 live-abroad cruising tour. 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.
Those in search of cultural experiences will be fascinated by the ancient culture of the local Indigenous Yamatji people. Just 20 minutes south of Geraldton, discover Greenough’s historic charm, uncrowded beaches and the picturesque natural features of Ellendale Pool.
Visit during Spring and you’ll also be treated to some of the State’s most stunning displays of wildflowers accessible out of Geraldton in the surrounding towns of Mullewa and Mingenew.
For those interested in Maritime History, Geraldton is a must-do destination.Visit the awe-inspiring HMAS Sydney II Memorial, built to honour the lost sailors of the HMAS Sydney maritime disaster in 1941.
Take a tour of the magnificent St Francis Xavier Cathedral, with its Byzantine style architecture of this cathedral is one of Monsignor Hawes’ greatest masterpieces. Explore the WA Museum Geraldton, a state-of-the-art facility gracing the Batavia Coast Marina which showcases the region’s rich maritime, natural and cultural history.
Check out the red and white striped Point Moore Lighthouse, Australia's first all steel tower built on the mainland of Australia, back in 1878.