Geraldton Visitor Information
The port city of Geraldton is the administrative centre of the Mid-West Region in Western Australia, and is located roughly 431 kilometres north-north-west of Perth, the state capital. Situated along the Batavia Coast and fronting the Indian Ocean to the west, the area forms part of Australia's western coastline. Its main industries include agriculture, mining, and tourism.
Geraldton was established in 1850 initially as a base for mining and agriculture following the discovery of mineral deposits in the area, as well as the pastoral opportunities it presented. The official town site was declared in June 1851 (followed by the first lot sales via public bidding in Perth), but it was not until 1871 that it was officially proclaimed a town. The city was originally known as "Gerald's Town" after Charles Fitzgerald (Governor of Western Australia between 1848 and 1855), but was later shortened to Geraldton.
Geraldton serves as Council Seat for the City of Greater Geraldton Local Government Area. The port city is represented in the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia by the State District of Geraldton, as well as in the Australian House of Representatives by the Federal Division of Durack. The community has an estimated population of 36,958 residents over a 189-square-kilometre area.
Geraldton's cultural, historical, and natural heritage provide numerous avenues for its locals and visitors to appreciate. As such, people who are out for a personal experience of the city need only to choose from its wide variety of attractions. Some of the area's most notable sites are Back Beach, Batavia Shipwreck, Bill Sewell Complex, Geraldton Port, Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, HMAS Sydney II Memorial, Old Geraldton Gaol Craft Centre, Pages Beach, Point Moore Lighthouse, Separation Point Lookout, Sunset Beach, Tarcoola Beach, The Hermitage, Town Beach, and the Western Australian Museum.
Geraldton is fondly known as the Sunshine City as well as the "Lobster Capital of the World".