Road trip ideas around Geraldton

Published: Monday, 4 November 2019 at 2:38:07 PM

Craving an adventure this weekend? Geraldton is based in the middle of the Midwest meaning some beautiful destinations are a short car trip away.  

Horrocks Beach

Just an hour’s drive from Geraldton is the #1 Mainland Beach in Australia for 2018. “Horrocks” boasts white sandy beaches, rock pools and a reef around the bay, which makes for one big swimming pool. It’s not hard to find a spot along this beach to setup for the day and enjoy what nature has to offer. The General Store serves up some mean fish and chips – order a batch and then head back to your beach spot to devour! A short drive north along Horrocks will also land you at Little Bay - a picturesque place that is popular with off-road campers and anglers. If you want to continue chasing beautiful beaches then keep on driving until you hit the beautiful town of Port Gregory.

Mullewa

After a dose of history and outback? Look no further than Mullewa, which is just east of Geraldton and located in the heart of wildflower country. During spring it experiences an influx of visitors and it’s not hard to understand why when you see the hills alive with colour from the season’s native blooms. Mullewa is also home to a number of historic buildings completed by the well-known priest architect Monsignor Hawes. The Church of Our Lady Mt Carmel and the Holy Apostles St Peter and St Paul are well-loved by the community and visitors, and showcase Hawes’ unique design style. While you’re in the area, be sure to pop into the history rich town of Tenindewa. It had a Railway Station that was originally constructed in 1894 as well as the last manual telephone exchange in the state.

Dongara

Past the iconic leaning trees of Greenough and the S-Bend lay Dongara - a seaside town that is known for its beaches, history, fishing culture and the popular Illegal Tender Rum Co. For just $30, visitors can tour the rum facility and experience the distilling process. The tour runs every hour from 11am to 3pm, and afterwards you can pop into The Common Place, Priory Hotel, Southerly’s Harbour View & Restaurant or Little Starfish Café for a bite to eat. The two bakeries are also popular choices!

Kalbarri

Known for its beautiful landscape, relaxed atmosphere, boutique shops and surfing spots. Kalbarri is well-worth the visit so make sure you have several hours up your sleeve because there is lots to see and do here. Nature’s Window is one of the most popular locations in Kalbarri and based in the national park – a quick search online will show you images of how the rock frames the river perfectly. While you’re in the national park enjoy the many hiking trails or a quad biking or kayaking tour.

After you’ve worked up a sweat adventuring, head to Blue Holes for a dip. This protected bay has many rock pools meaning you might spot some sea life! It’s a great place to go for a swim - especially if you have little ones. There’s also a variety of places in Kalbarri to grab a bite to eat. Gorges Café, Edge Restaurant, Finlay’s, Angie’s Café, Black Rock Café and the Kalbarri Bakery are just some of the places you can grab an amazing meal.

On your way back to Geraldton be sure to stop at the stunning Pink Lake known as Hutt Lagoon. The lake gets its colouring from the high salt levels and looks different at all times of the year. One day it can be pink, the next purple and the following day red! Make sure to take your camera with you whilst viewing this beautiful part of the world.

All these destinations and more are at Geraldton’s doorstep, making Geraldton the perfect place to base yourself for these adventures.

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