The capital of the Batavia Coast was founded in 1850 as a commercial port serving the Northampton lead mine some 30 miles to the north. While Geraldton remains one of Western Australia's major ports, the city has become a magnet for vacationing Australians. Located between the Chapman and Greenough Rivers, Geraldton boasts a superb Mediterranean climate, scenic beauty and pristine beaches. Coronation Beach has become an international destination for windsurfers.
In 1692 the Dutch East India Company Batavia was shipwrecked on the offshore Abrolhos Islands. Calamity was followed by mutiny and murder. The lurid tale ensured this portion of Western Australia would be named the Batavia Coast.
Note: Geraldton is an anchorage port. Passengers transfer to shore via ship's tender.
More about Geraldton, Australia Points of Interest
St Francis Xavier Cathedral
This ornate cathedral was designed by Monsignor John Cyril Hawes in 1915, and took 23 years to complete. The Cathedral reflects the Inter War Romanesque period and style of architecture, and is built of local Geraldton stone.
Western Australian Museum
Perched on the edge of the Indian Ocean, the Western Australian Museum sits overlooking the new Geraldton Marina. This modern museum celebrates the rich heritage of the people of Western Australia.
Central Greenough Historical Settlement
The buildings of Central Greenough constructed between 1863 and 1913. They provide a rare insight into the early settlement of agricultural lands.
HMAS Sydney Memorial
In November 1941, HMAS Sydney sank with the loss of all hands during an engagement with the German raider Kormoran.
The Oakabella Homestead was founded in 1860. Tour the restored 13-room main house, cookhouse, stables, shearing shed and blacksmith shop. See a mid-19th Century bottle display and learn about antique farm machinery.
Kalbarri National Park
Located on Western Australia's mid north coast, Kalbarri National Park is known for its spectacular scenery and red rock gorges that were cut from the landscape by the mighty Murchison River.
The area was first explored by George Grey in 1839 after which he named the area after Sir George Bellas Greenough. Grey claimed that the area could become the granary of Western Australia.
Tour the capital of the Batavia Coast on a narrated drive. Visit the ornate St. Francis Xavier Cathedral and view the HMAS Sydney Memorial. Learn about the region's fascinating history, from its Aboriginal past to the present, at the Western Australia Museum that overlooks the new Geraldton Marina.
Discover the treasures of Kalbarri National Park on a narrated scenic drive followed by a picnic style lunch at the Park. The park is home to ancient red sandstone gorges, dramatic sea cliffs and vast, rolling sand plains. Over 500 species of wildflowers bloom in the park from July to late September.