So you’re looking for great things to do, but want to leave your wallet at home? Geraldton is awash with easily accessible, free entertainment.
- Walk The Esplanade, watch the enormous ships be guided in to Port by the tug boats so close that you feel like you could almost touch them! View the city from a vantage point that makes you feel like you’re on a boat looking back. It must be how the sea lions view our beautiful city centre! Speaking of sea lions, at the end of The Esplanade is a set of binoculars you can use to spot them out on what us locals refer to as ‘seal rocks’! Watch them baking in the sun or slither off the rocks into the ocean to cool off. Climb the viewing platform and take in the view right up the coast to Drummonds Cove.
- Foreshore Playgrounds, there’s a few to choose from! Starting in the city centre, just near the Sail Club is an Youth playground which includes some more challenging climbing frames, interactive games, a rage cage and a basketball court. There is also a wheelchair accessible beach ramp here. Further along you come to the toddlers fenced in playground, primary playground and a waterpark. All conveniently located right on the beach with a couple of cafes right by. Find a piece of grass under a tree, lay out a picnic blanket, grab a coffee and let the kids run off their crazy!! On the other side of the Batavia Coast Marina is the NEWLY completed Beresford Foreshore Playgrounds. Complete with shade sails, again right on the beach and with parking right there, it’s easy to while away a few hours while the kids move from the beach to the playground and back again!
- Geraldton Museum, Art Gallery &/or Library! Take your pick! They’re all fabulous and all located within the CBD of Geraldton within walking distance of each other. The Museum in particular receives rave reviews and is often commented as being “one of the best Museums we have ever been to”. Hard pressed to beat that recommendation! It has a brilliant display on the Batavia shipwreck and delves beautifully into our history that makes it interesting and easy to interpret for all age levels. They welcome kids with open arms and often run activities to entertain.
- Got your bikes &/or scooters on board? We have an awesome dual purpose walking/cycling track that runs from the south to the north of town and would encompass probably around 20km in length. If you’re looking for something a bit shorter, you can do a 7km return cycle from the CBD to the Point Moore Lighthouse (the oldest surviving Commonwealth lighthouse in WA & is still in operation). Alternatively, you can head north along the CBD Foreshore, passing cafes along the way, through and along the Batavia Coast Marina and then up along the Beresford Foreshore up to Bluff Point’s St George’s Beach & return, again about 7km.
- Looking for some skating action? In addition to the foreshore being developed to be skate friendly we also have an awesome Skate Park on the corner of Eighth & Pass Streets in Wonthella. It has varying degrees of difficulty and mostly caters to all skaters. if you have real beginners, you may prefer the satellite skate parks in Maitland Park (corner of Cathedral Ave & Carson Tce in the CBD) or Glendinning Park (corner of Lockyer Rd & Blackburn Crs in Tarcoola Beach).
So there you have it! 5 easily accessible, fun, free things to do with the kids while you’re in town! Get out amongst it, we really do have a beautiful City with some amazing facilities.