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. Northampton is best known as the gateway to the town of Kalbarri and the hamlets of Horrocks and Port Gregory.
See Australian Heritage standards at its most authentic. Oakabella Homestead offers daily tours of the beautifully restored building explaining 1851 in its pioneering, stone homestead glory. Oakabella is also a great stopping off point on your way north or south along the Coral Coast with restaurant facilities onsite. Stop in for a great coffee, fresh scones or lunch. Additionally if you are on a self-cater holiday, Oakabella has bookable camping sites, showers, toilets and full disabled facilities.
To best explore the town's history, be sure to grab a copy of the Hampton Road Heritage Walk from the Visitor Centre. The Information 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.
A free chemical pump out station for caravans is now available behind Hampton Gardens at the north end of town.