Local Attractions in Geraldton
Visit some of these iconic local attractions on your next Geraldton holiday.
HMAS Sydney II Memorial
The magnificent HMAS Sydney II memorial, completed in 2001, has become the country’s premier site for honouring the 645 Australian sailors who were lost off the Western Australian coast during a World War II battle with German raider HSK Kormoran. The location of both wrecks remained a mystery for over 66 years until they were located in March 2008 by the Finding Sydney Foundation.
The Geraldton Voluntary Tour Guides Association offers a daily tour of the memorial at 10.30am, taking in the five elements steeped in symbolism. The HMAS Sydney IIMemorial is the second memorial to be recognised of national significance outside the Australian capital city of Canberra.
Western Australian Museum – Geraldton
Overlooking the Indian Ocean, the Western Australian Museum – Geraldton celebrates the rich heritage of the land, sea and people of the Mid West region. Enjoy a guided tour through the stories from four major early shipwrecks located in the region, theBatavia, Gilt Dragon, Zuytdorp, and Zeewijk or learn more about the discovery of HMAS Sydney II, the pride of the fleet.
Discover ancient landforms, Yamaji history and culture, and the regions natural landscapes and marine environment. Find out how more recent European exploration and settlement has developed the Mid-West including the agriculture, fishing, mining and science industries.
St Francis Xavier Cathedral
English born Monsignor Hawes designed this magnificent building situated on Cathedral Avenue in the heart of Geraldton. Priest architect John Cyril Hawes arrived in Geraldton in 1915 to take up the parish priest position. He started work on the cathedral straight away; the foundation stone was laid in 1916 and the building completed in 1938.
Today St Francis Xavier Cathedral is regarded as one of Monsignor Hawes finest works. Guided walks through the cathedral and its crypt are available Mondays and Fridays at 10am, Wednesdays at 4pm. A minimal fee applies.
Our Geraldton accommodation is the ideal base to explore the region’s incredibly beautiful and varied wildflowers. Each year, from around August to October, the country explodes into colour as wildflowers burst into bloom. Coalseam Conservation Park, between Mingenew and Mullewa and Kalbarri National Park are particularly popular for their sensational flower displays.
Coalseam is renowned for its carpets of pink, white and yellow everlastings. Whole fields become blanketed in colour when these flowers are in bloom. Kalbarri National Park is home to beautifully delicate orchids as well as a host of other stunning wildflower species.