21.06.18 - Things To See Near Geraldton

Exploring WA's Coral Coast: beaches, islands, wildflowers and more. Here’s the inside scoop on what’s nearby!

Plotting the next stop on your adventure along the Coral Coast? The Gerald Apartment Hotel is the perfect homebase to set out and explore one of the many natural wonders near Geraldton. 

Gorges near Geraldton

Ellendale Pool – 45km south-east of Geraldton.

Ellendale Pool is a serene swimming hole on the Greenough River. Barbecue facilities are provided for campers and day trippers, and after a picnic you can splash around in the waterhole, or go for a bushwalk around the gorge and gumtrees.

Kalbarri – 150km north of Geraldton.

If you’re heading north, you can’t miss Kalbarri. East of the main town you can discover river rock gorges which are over 400 million years old, featuring multiple hiking routes with breathtaking views. Thousands of visitors flock to Kalbarri’s National Park every year which boasts 186,00 hectares of wilderness, wildflowers and walking tracks to explore.

Wildflowers near Geraldton

Chapman Valley – 20km north east of Geraldton.

If you want to see WA’s famous wildflowers without travelling too far from Geraldton, head on a day trip to the Shire of Chapman Valley and take in the scenery. For the most brilliant display, go in August or September. Once you’ve had your fill of flowers and farmland, cap off your visit with a stop at the Chapman Valley Winery.

Coalseam Conservation Park – 100km east of Geraldton.

Inland from Geraldton, Coalseam is one of WA’s premier wildflower locations. Take one of the many bushwalks through the park and feast your eyes on the endless carpet of annuals and perennials. You might also see kangaroos, emus and other wildlife! Those interested in history and geology can also explore the site of Western Australia’s first coal mine and find fossils in the banks of the Irwin River – you’re going to need more than a day to spend here.

Islands near Geraldton

Abrolhos – 60km west of Geraldton.

One of Geraldton’s most prized attractions, the spectacular Abrolhos Islands stretch across 100km of ocean and are home to seabirds, sea lions, dolphins and more. Albrolhos encompasses 122 individual islands to explore, featuring picture perfect blue water, coral reefs, and white beaches. Outside of relaxing and sightseeing, activities including fishing, windsurfing, bird watching snorkelling, and swimming. Add it to your must-see list!

Beaches near Geraldton (and where to surf)

Dongara – 65km south of Geraldton.

If you can’t get enough of the beach, you’ll be spoiled for choice at the coastal twin towns of Dongara and Port Denison. Harbour Beach is loved by families and swimmers, while Surf Beach is the place to catch a wave or go windsurfing. Grannies Beach is another favorite for surfing, and you can go fishing for whiting, tailor and silver bream at South Beach.

Jurien Bay – 200km south of Geraldton.

If you’re on the way back to Perth after a holiday in Geraldton, be sure to pop in to Jurien Bay on the drive. The shallow lagoon offshore attracts sea lions, dolphins and fish, as well as snorkellers and divers keen to see the marine and coral life. Other tourist attractions include four wheel driving and fishing around the area, as well as swimming and kayaking.

 

If you’re after more fun things to do in Geraldton, drop by the Geraldton Visitor Centre!