The beautiful Geraldton lies on a stunning Western Australian coastline just a 4.5 hour drive North of Perth. We made our way swiftly through this lovely town, enjoying only a day trip but it certainly would be the sort of town that you could enjoy for a lot longer.
Geraldton is known for it’s pristine beaches (with over 15 to choose from!) and although we didn’t stop for a swim, we certainly dipped our big toes in and meandered along the beach admiring the view. We were even gifted with some awesomely amazing kite surfers that put on quite a show of kick flips and the like for us and left us all ready to bust out our own Kite!!
We could not leave without a sticky beak at the W.A Museum Geraldton, and wished we’d allowed longer; We had strolled a little too slowly and enjoyed the sights of the museum a little too thoroughly because suddenly our hour was up and doors were shutting. We were left frantically trying to see 5 more displays in as many minutes! It really is such a fantastic museum; entry by donation and is open 9:30-4:00, 7 days a week. It houses some amazing displays on shipwrecks of the region, Yamaji culture, marine environments and a brilliant WWII display – you will not be disappointed, the Roaming Rowes were so impressed. We learned so much and the kids loved the activities and the interactive displays especially based mainly around the ship wrecks and trading of the time.
The stunning St Francis Xavier Cathedral was designed by priest and architect Monsignor Hawes and is considered his most celebrated design. This magnificent building took 22 years to build and was completed in 1938, it is as beautiful inside as it is out. Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, Old Geraldton Gaol and Craft Centre and the beautiful HMAS Sydney Memorial Lookout are all worth a look too and all are FREE. (Yipee!)
You’ll find a lot of famous ‘leaning trees’ scattered throughout the this part of W.A but they are most prolific as you head South from Geraldton. The strong winds coming off the ocean cause the trees to grow in this most remarkable way – leaning trees, pretty cool to look at; strong winds not always fun to tow a van in!! There are many many historical sites and buildings South of Geraldton to be enjoyed. As we made our way towards Perth we headed to the Indian Ocean Drive, you won’t be disappointed if you do. The drive is full of RV friendly towns and three 72 hour Free Camps just metres from the beach – the first of which was North Cliff Heads.