Greenough is a charming country village renowned for its pioneering history, restored heritage buildings and the beautiful Greenough River.
As you approach Greenough you’ll notice the unusual sight of trees growing at 90-degree angles. Prevailing southerly winds have forced the trees to grow horizontally rather than upwards and the surreal sight has become something of an icon for the region.
Just 20 minutes south of Geraldton, Greenough offers a range of opportunities to get closer to nature such as bird watching, walking, fishing and surfing. Ellendale Pool is a perfect spot for a picnic under the giant gum trees and rocky cliffs surrounds. This scenic watering hole also has opportunities for bird watching and photography. Additionally, you can stay overnight, however pre-booking is not available.
Make sure to visit the historic Hampton Arms Inn, built in 1864. The Inn offers meals (check website for opening times) as well as accommodation. Enter the red door and browse through their impressive collection of second hand books at the Hampton Bookshop. On the same road is the Greenough Wildlife Park, open daily (except for Wednesdays) where children and adults can get up close to rescued wildlife including crocodiles, ostriches, kangaroos and farm animals such as horses and pigs.
While in the area pay a visit to the Greenough Pioneer Museum which is a carefully restored two storey homestead set in beautiful, shady gardens. The homestead was built between 1862 and 1880 for John Maley, miller, storekeeper, hotel proprietor, entrepreneur and father of 14 children. The museum shop stocks an extensive collection of local history books and souvenirs. Greenough Pioneer Museum fact sheets are also available in German, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian and Japanese.