The only city on the Coral Coast, Geraldton has established itself as a contemporary coastal hub of cafés, shops, street art and galleries. The city’s beaches and sunny climate make it a hot-spot for water sport enthusiasts and visitors looking to soak up the sun on pristine beaches. The city is a 4.5 hour drive or 50 minute flight with Qantas from Perth.
Geraldton is a fantastic base from which to explore the Coral Coast region.
Only a short drive to the south, experience Greenough’s historic charm and picturesque river. Fly or cruise 60km off the coast to witness the stunning Abrolhos Islands. Travel one-hour east to Mullewa – a wildflower hotspot.
* Top Five *
- See: the Abrolhos Islands via a stunning scenic flight or live-aboard charter
- Taste: Experience Chapman Valley for a mountain bike ride, walk trail, or the fishing park
- Relax: at Ellendale Pool overnight or picnic for the day
- Base: yourself in Geraldton to explore Wildflower hotspots such as Coalseam Conservation Park
- Learn: the history of Oakabella Homestead just 30 min north of Geraldton
Geraldton is a convenient place to stay overnight when travelling along the Coral Coast shoreline or inland to Western Australia's premier wildflower locations, Pindar, Mullewa, Mingenew, and Coalseam Conservation Park - home of the everlasting carpets of colourful flowers between August-October.
Fly or cruise to Geraldton's 122 coral atolls - the Abrolhos Islands found approximately 70kms off the coast. Explore the islands' flora and fauna including endangered sea lions and extremely rare birdlife, nesting on the islands' beaches. If being in the water, go snorkelling on the reef to see the 1429 Batavia ship wreck up-close, find coloured pearls, or cast a line for some bald-chin groper, dhufish or coral trout.
Discover Greenough’s historic charm just 20 minutes south of Geraldton. The town is known for its very unique learning trees, the picturesque river as well as the Greenough Wildlife Park where you can hand-feed kangaroo joeys, cuddle a dingo puppy or meet a blue-tongue lizard. Nearby Ellendale Pool is a great location for kayaking, picnicking, and camping under the stars.
To the north-east, Chapman Valley is 20 minute drive with Northampton a 30 minute drive - both towns have vast fields of golden wheat and canola rolling over table-top mountains during the winter months. The town is home to a host of alternative industries including breweries/distilleries, lavender farms and aquaculture tourism ventures in addition to wildflowers during Spring.
Discover 14 sites of significance to local Aboriginal people on the Yamaji Drive Trail. Visit the Geraldton Visitor Centre for further information and a map of the trails.
Head north of Geraldton to experience some history of Western Australia at Oakabella Homestand including their tea rooms and campground. Located just 35kms north of Geraldton, Oakabella Homestead is classified by the National Trust, and steeped in historical significance.