Things to do in Geraldton WA

Geraldton WA is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Western Australia for a vacation, as the city enjoys plenty great weather all year-round.

Things to do in Geraldton WA

If you are visiting the city for the first time, some of the popular things to do in Geraldton WA include surfing, snorkeling, visiting a winery and enjoying and eco-tour to the Albrolhos Islands.

Geraldton WA is located around two hundred miles north of Perth Western Australia and can be reached within a five hour drive on Highway 1.

However, if you are not used to driving through the Australian Outback, we wouldn’t recommend traveling by car as you’d be driving through isolated areas.

Things to do in Geraldton WA: Outdoor Activities

If you are looking to enjoy fun outdoor activities, the town of Kalbarri is only two hours from Geraldton WA along the North West Coastal Hwy route.

Apart from being able to book fishing charters and other kind of tours in Kalbarri town, you can explore the nearby Kalbarri National Park where you can enjoy hiking, horseback riding, kayaking and whale spotting activities.


Kalbarri National Park

If you are an experienced hiker, the park is home to many hiking opportunities where you can enjoy anything from a day trip to an extended hiking excursion.

For instance, the trail that runs along the coast from Eagle Gorge to Natural Bridge is around 4 miles long and takes a few hours to complete, and along the way you are treated to lovely views of the ocean.

For easy hikes, the park is home to a few lookouts that offer lovely views of the area around and the gorges.

Two such lookout points are Z Bend and The Loop, which are both sign-marked trails that can be easily reached within minutes..

Chapman River Nature Trail

For a hike closer to Geraldton WA, the Chapman River trail along the River Chapman is another popular place to observe plenty of wildlife while enjoying a fun hike.

Whale Spotting

The coastal area of Kalbarri National Park is home to the magnificent Red Bluff cliffs, which offer breathtaking panoramas of the ocean as well as a perfect vantage point for spotting whales and dolphins.

Water Activities

If you are looking to enjoy water activities during your vacation in Geraldton WA, the waters of the town of Kalbarri's estuary are one of the best places where you can enjoy paddle boating, canoeing, swimming and even fishing activities..

Surfing & Windsurfing

If you are a surfing enthusiast, two of the most popular places where you can ride a wave include Sunset Beach and Back Beach.

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach is located is only 5 miles north of Geraldton WA and it is only 20 minutes on Bus201. If you are using car rental, take the North West Coastal Highway (it takes around 10 minutes by car).

Apart from windsurfing, Sunset Beach is popular with other wind sports such as paragliding.

Back Beach

Back Beach is located south of Geraldton WA in the Mahomet Flats suburb. To get there by car, take Fitzgerald Street (around 8 minutes by car).

If you are a true surfing enthusiast, Back Beach is one of the most popular places in Geraldton WA to ride a wave, and body surfing.

Winery Tour

If you are a wine enthusiast, visiting one of the wineries in Geraldton is a must-add activity in your itinerary.

Two of the most popular vineyards where you can enjoy winery tours are Chapman Valley and Ego Creek Vineyard.

Ego Creek vineyard is the closest one to town (5 miles northeast), while Chapman Valley is located on Nanson Howatharra Rd (around 14 miles).

Things to do in Geraldton WA: Places of Interest

HMAS Sydney II Memorial

The HMAS Sydney II Memorial, located on Gummer Avenue, is a lovely remembrance memorial honoring the lives of the sailors that lost their lives aboard HMAS Sydney II in 1941.

If you are interested on a walking tour, the Geraldton Voluntary Tour Guides Association runs a 30 minute tour every day at the memorial.

Houtman Abrolhos

One of the most visited places on Western Australia it’s Houtman Abrolhos, which is a group of Islands located around 40 miles off Geraldton port.

If you are visiting the city for the first time, a visit to the Albrolhos Islands is another thing to do in Geraldton WA, which is worth adding to the itinerary.

The Albrolhos Islands are home to beautiful coral reefs and a wealth of marine life, which you can explore on a snorkeling trip.

However, the only way to get to the islands is through a tour or a fishing charter but book in advance, as only a certain amount of people are allowed every day on theses islands.

Glendenning Park

If you are traveling with kids to Geraldton WA, Glendenning Park is one of the most popular spots where families hang around for a fun day out..

The Park, located only 3 miles south along the Brand Highway, features kid’s play areas, picnic and grilling areas.

Old Geraldton Gaol Craft Center Tour

If you are a history buff, the Old Geraldton Gaol used to be a depot for convicts in the 19th century. Nowadays, this old depot serves as a craft center and open museum.

If you’d like to book a tour of the Gaol, you can do so at the Geraldton Visitors Centre.

Things to do in Geraldton WA: Shopping

The Old Geraldton Gaol Craft Center is a great place where you can purchase local handmade goods, which are ideal for souvenir gifts.

For retail shopping, head to Centro Northgate Shopping Center, located along Sanford Street near the Flight Center.

Things to do in Geraldton WA: Nightlife & Entertainment

The city of Geraldton WA has a buzzing nightlife with plenty of bars and pubs located along the city center.

For a bit of clubbing head to the ZUU nightclub, located between the corner of Fitzgerald Street and Lester Avenue.

If you love performing arts, one of the most popular things to do in Geraldton WA is to visit the Queens Park Theater, located between Corner Cathedral Ave and Maitland St.

The theater nightly performances range from fun comedy sketches to acrobatic performances such as Acrobatic Allstars, which happens next week.

Things to do in Geraldton WA: Events & Festivals

Geraldton Cup

If you are a horse enthusiast, the city is home to the Geraldton Cup thoroughbred horse race every March at the Geraldton Turf Club.

Sunshine Festival

The annual Sunshine Festival is one of the most popular events in Geraldton WA. If you are traveling with kids during September, the event features fun family activities and exciting competitions.

Big Sky Writers Festival

If you are a writer or love writing, the Big Sky Writers Festival is a great place where you can meet other like minded writers, share ideas, and participate in workshops.

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