Explore Geraldton

 

HMAS Sydney II Memorial

Commanding the hill overlooking Geraldton is this moving, multifaceted memorial commemorating the 1941 loss of the Sydney and its 645 men after a skirmish with the German raider Kormoran. Note the Waiting Woman, the Pool of Remembrance and the cupola over the pillared Dome of Souls – the latter comprises 645 steel gulls, representing the lives lost. Free guided tours at 10.30am daily.

Old Geraldton Gaol & Craft Centre

The gaol's gloomy cells held prisoners from 1856 to 1985, and framed historic documents weave a fascinating tale of daring escapes, gruesome executions, and offences punishable by transportation to – and forced labour in – Australia (such as theft of £149 worth of cigars, cigarettes and asparagus).

 

Cathedral of St Francis Xavier Church

Geraldton's cathedral, built between 1916 and 1938, is arguably the finest example of the architectural achievements of the multi-skilled Monsignor John Hawes. The cathedral's striking features include imposing twin towers with arched openings, a central dome, Romanesque columns and boldly striped walls.

Mass is at 7am, with an additional service at 6pm on weekends. Tours are held at 10am Monday and Friday, and 4pm Wednesday.

 

Western Australian Museum – Geraldton

At one of the state's best museums, intelligent multimedia displays relate the area's natural, cultural and Aboriginal history. The Shipwreck Gallery documents the tragic story of the Batavia, while 3D video footage reveals the sunken wrecks of HMAS Sydney II and the Kormoran. A highlights tour is run daily at 11.30am