Geraldton is 420 km ( 260 miles north ) of Perth and is one of Western Australia's most popular tourist destinations.
This has something to do with its high annual average of warm sunny days (it is known as Sun City) and its idyllic beach and coastal location.
There is also an accessible coral reef which can be explored on day excursions some of which offer snorkelling and SCUBA diving.
The reef also was the undoing of many sailing ships and there are exhibits of some of the more notable shipwrecks at the town museum.
White Sandy Beaches
Geraldton's beaches are typical of those found in Western Australia with white sand bordering a turquoise sea.
South of Geraldton is a restored heritage listed village which dates back to the late nineteenth century.
The town also offers great fishing and the chance to sample some lobster and other crayfish (the harvest of which form one of Geraldton 's principal industries).
Geraldton is the origin of many 4WD, light plane and adventure excursions.
Lobster Capital of Australia
Geraldton is proclaimed as the lobster capital of Australia.
Rock Lobster is harvested and exported to all parts of Australia and the world.
Tours of the Brolos Lobster and Geraldton Fisherman's Co Operative Lobster Facility operate throughout the year. .
Geraldton is a great location for windsurfing because of the high winds which have a reputation for being strong, consistent and reliable .
To give you an indication of the force of the gusts you will see some light trees growing parallel to the ground! Windsurfing beaches include Coronation, St Georges and Sunset Beaches.
Geraldton is located on the south west coast of Western Australia and has a Latitude of 28.8°S and a Longitude of 114.6° E.
Driving To Geraldton
Some approximate driving times to Geraldton:
5.5Hrs From Perth (450Km)
34Hrs From Adelaide (3000Km)
Driving through the Outback and remote or isolated areas of Australia is not recommended for the un prepared or in experienced.
See Route and Distance Calculator for more accurate driving times and routes from additional locations.
Flying To Perth:
Perth Airport, which has both international and domestic terminals, is around 15km (9 miles) north east of the city, along the Great Eastern Highway.
The journey should take approximately 30 minutes depending on traffic conditions. Taxis, hire cars and airport shuttle buses are available.
Taxis, hire cars airport buses are available.
As a guide, the approximate flying time from:
to Sydney 5 hours
Times do not include travel time to and from airports and adequate time prior to check in etc.
Western Australia School & Public Holidays
New Years Day Tue 1st Jan.
Australia Day Mon 28th Jan.
Labour Day Mon 3rd March
Good Friday 21st March.
Easter Monday 24th March.
Anzac Day Fri 25th April.
Foundation Day Mon 2nd June.
Queens Birthday Mon29th Sept.
Christmas Day Thu 25th Dec.
Boxing Day Holiday Fri 26th Dec.
(End and start school on preceding and next week day (Mon - Fri) respectively)
Easter Holiday 12th April To 28th April.
Winter Holiday 5th July To 21th July.
Spring Holiday 27th Sept To 13th Oct.
Summer Holiday 18th Dec To 2nd Feb
Starts Sunday 26th October
Ends Sunday 29th March 2009
Note: Dates for guidance only. Always check with your individual School as variations may occur for individual education authorities or establishments and dates may be subject to change. Always check with relevant State or Territory education department to confirm holiday periods at the commencement of each school year. Not all Public Holidays for individual regions within each state and territory are shown and public holidays falling on weekends are not listed. Not all Public Holidays may be applicable to all employers, organisations etc so always check with your employer, education authority etc which public holidays are applicable.
These figures are for guidance only:
Approximate Max Average Temperature
Deg C/ Deg F
Winter (June-Aug):20/ 68
Spring (Sep-Nov):24 / 75
Summer (Dec-Feb):31 / 87
Autumn (Mar-May):27 / 80
Approximate Average Monthly Rainfall - mm
Winter (June-Aug): 92
Spring (S-Nov): 20
Summer (Dec-Feb): 8
Autumn (Mar-May): 37