Winter weekends in the Midwest

Published on Tuesday, 24 May 2022 at 11:00:38 AM

As the mercury drops there are even more things to do in Geraldton. Read on to find out how best to enjoy your winter escape to the Midwest.

Whale watching

These aquatic grey nomads have been increasing in number year on year and now Western Australia sees the world’s biggest humpback whale migration each winter. Primetime for seeing these gentle giants pass by Geraldton is July – September as they migrate north to breed in the warm waters of the Kimberley and then return south again to their feeding grounds in the Antarctic. Be sure to book ahead with one of Geraldton’s local operators to ensure you don’t miss out.

Humpback whales

Photo: @_windlass_ 

See the wildflowers

There are more than 12,000 species of wildflowers in WA, making our state home to the world’s largest collection of wildflowers. In fact, 60% of Western Australian wildflowers are found nowhere else on Earth! The best time to experience the unique blooms of the Midwest is late July to early October. Wildflower enthusiasts should aim to time their trip to coincide with the annual Mullewa Wildflower Show held each spring.  For more information on where to go and when click here. 

Wreath flowers

Photo: @wildflowercountry 

Visit a country pub

Whilst you are out and about in the countryside it would be remiss of you not to visit some of the delightful outback watering holes that surround Geraldton. You can soak up the atmosphere and history whilst enjoying a delicious meal, a refreshing beverage, and yarn with the locals. Make sure you check out the Nabawa Tavern, Burnt Barrel, Walkaway Tavern, Bootenal Tavern, and the Hampton Arms Inn for a real taste of the country. Don’t forget to call ahead and book as these places are extremely popular!

Bootenal Family Tavern

Photo: Bootenal Family Tavern

Ellendale Pool

Ellendale Pool is a stunning natural waterhole along the Greenough River that comes into its own the as the temperature drops and the river fills up. A beautiful location to camp or have a picnic and make use of the free-to-use barbeques. You will find interpretive signs celebrating the importance of Ellendale Pool in both Aboriginal and European history. The area also forms part of the Yamaji Drive Trail. For more information and directions see here.

Ellendale Pool

Photo: @loveyourtravels

Mullewa Walk Trails

Located 98 kilometres to the east of Geraldton the delightful town of Mullewa is home to five unique walk trails. The cooler months are ideal for exploring the fascinating heritage and natural beauty of the region. Each trail is signposted allowing you to experience engaging insights and take in the breathtaking vistas. For more information click here

Our Lady of the Mount St Carmel in Mullewa

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