Coastline, GeraldtonPhoto Credit: Flickr/Don Pugh
Visit Geraldton and you will be blown away; literally.
Considered Australia’s kite and windsurfing capital, the city is the gateway to Western Australia's mid west and is often the first major port of call for travellers heading north of the capital.
Located just over 400 km from Perth, Geraldton is also the starting point for those wishing to explore the beautiful Abrolhos Islands which lay 60 km off the coast. Perched proudly on the coastline with sweeping view of the Indian Ocean, it is bordered by rivers and ranges and has long been a popular holiday destination for West Australians and tourists alike.
When you think of Geraldton, you are bound to think water sports – kitesurfing, windsurfing, fishing, sailing, surfing and swimming – and burnt lips, wind-blown hair, fish and chips on the beach and crayfish on every restaurant menu. But if you haven’t visited for a while you may be surprised to see the changes that have taken place in recent years.
The city heart and its adjoining beachfront have undergone major redevelopments with the end result being playgrounds, water parks and cafes sitting on Champion Bay looking out over turquoise blue waters. Even if you are just passing through on your way further north, this area is a great resting point and ideal place to take in some lunch and a quick spot of shopping.
Sydney Memorial, Geraldton Photo Credit: Flickr/tseyin
But for those with more time up their sleeves, there are some must-sees to tick off the list.
Getting to Geraldton
Indian Ocean Drive, which begins in the northern suburbs of Perth, is definitely the most scenic route to Geraldton, as well as the shortest. It keeps travellers hugging the coastline and offers resting points in the small villages that lead the way north to Dongara and on to Geraldton. The Brand Highway is the other option for drivers. Flights from Perth are regular and take less than one hour.For More Related Articles on places to visit in Western Australia, please scroll to the bottom of this article.
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