Chapman River Regional Park
In the heart of the City of Greater Geraldton, lies a place of significant value. Along the length of the Chapman River, detailed beauty of native flowering plants and birds is framed by sweeping vistas from the Moresby Range out across the Indian Ocean.
Leave the crashing surf and white sand dunes of Sunset Beach and walk or cycle around estuarine salt marsh where pelicans, osprey and wading birds rest and feed. It is easy to forget you are in a city as you venture beyond the bridge and continue east along limestone cliff tops then through cool groves of river she-oak, up to scrub and heathlands.
Throughout the Chapman River Regional Park, a variety of native flowering plants and birds can be seen, and reptiles, frogs, echidnas and kangaroos make their home. It is a 300 ha remnant of a remarkable, though subtle landscape that is the result of multiple overlapping geological and climatic zones. The river itself follows the Geraldton Fault where Greenough sandstone meets Tamala limestone. This broadly coincides with the meeting of two climatic zones - the semi-arid north and the cooler southwest characterised by the Kalbarri/Northampton sandplains and Eneabba/Lesueur heathland. The result is that the CRRP is home to over 300 species of native flowering plants, some of which occur nowhere else. No less impressive is the 123 recorded species of bird, both migratory and resident, 22 reptile and 7 frog species.
Take an hour or a day at anytime of year to explore this beautiful area. Sit quietly and watch the sun sparkle on the river; walk, or cycle at any level of capacity around the park, take the family for a picnic, or put in a kayak at the pontoon off Kempton St. While native flowers can be seen during any season, they are at their best and most prolific between June and September.
Guided tours of the Park run seasonally. Please enquire at the Visitor Centre for dates and times.