Geraldton in Western Australia on The Travel Bug


Geraldton in Western Australia is situated just over 400 kilometres north of the capital Perth.

This coastal city with a population of almost 40,000 is part of Western Australia’s Coral Coast, and the main city in a sub-region called the Batavia Coast, which was named after an infamous shipwreck that occurred in the Abrolhos Islands, 60 kilometres off Geraldton in the Indian Ocean.

In this episode on Perth’s radio station 6PR, Steve Collins spoke to presenter Chris Ilsley about his first road trip since the COVID-19 restrictions were lifted.

Geraldton in Western Australia is fortunate that it enjoys a wonderful climate and enjoys sunshine for an average of eight hours per day for 365 days of the year.  Plus, as Chris Ilsley mentions, the summer heat is mostly negated by the ocean breezes which regularly cool the city by mid-morning.

Steve related his experience of staying at the Geraldton Backpackers, a heritage building located on Geraldton’s main street, and backing onto that city’s wonderful foreshore. He found the experience to be very comfortable, and an atmosphere in which you mingle with a range of interesting people.

Given the opportunity to inspect the catamaran Eco Abrolhos, Steve eagerly leapt aboard and was enchanted by this lovely vessel. The Eco Abrolhos spends half the year in Geraldton taking tours to the Abrolhos Islands, and, during Australia’s winter months, heads north to Broome to cruise the Kimberley coast to Darwin.

There is an interesting military history in Geraldton, and the Memorial to HMAS Sydney II, an Australian warship, that was sunk off Steep Point in Shark Bay with all hands missing, takes pride of place on top of a hill overlooking Geraldton. There is a military historical drive that visitors can undertake, including visiting a recreation of a World War I Gallipoli trench to learn about the history of this military encounter that is so important to Australia’s history.

Geraldton is a fascinating place to visit and in this podcast, Steve Collins gives plenty of great reasons for visiting the city.