Geraldton, Western Australia © Tourism Western Australia
Guide to Geraldton
Aboriginal name: Jambinu (pronounced Jum-bin-oo)
- Getting to Geraldton
- When to visit
Discover Geraldton's pink lakes, diving atolls, Aboriginal culture trails and plenty of restaurants serving Australia's prized rock lobster.
The seaside city of Geraldton is emerging as a trendy beach escape. Base yourself in the city centre (where you'll find cafés, street art and galleries) and explore the area's naturally blessed surrounds, which includes beautiful beaches, Aboriginal driving trails and even a pink lake. So soak up the sunshine, and the laid-back vibe, in this coastal getaway.
Geraldton/Jambinu is home to the Yamatji people, who have been the Traditional Owners of the Mid West of Western Australia for thousands of years. Experience ancient history, traditional art and natural wonders along the 60km (37mi) Yamaji Drive Trail. Connecting 14 Aboriginal sites, it’s undoubtedly one of the best ways to experience Aboriginal culture around Jambinu.
- Traditional name: Jambinu (pronounced Jum-bin-oo)
- Indigenous Peoples: Yamatji
- Traditional lands: Yamatji Country
- Traditional languages: There are two traditional languages in Jambinu: Amangu and Naaguja
Geraldton is an easy one-hour flight from Perth, or a spectacular 415km (258mi) drive north along the coastline, taking in the famed Indian Ocean Drive.
- Geraldton Airport is 10km (6mi) from the city; domestic flights only
- Hire cars and taxis are available from the airport
- Scenic flights to destinations such as Abrolhos Islands and the Pink Lake depart from Geraldton Airport
After arriving in Geraldton, the easiest way to get around is by car.
Geraldton is known for its hot summers that bring strong sea breezes from November to February, making the city popular for windsurfing and kitesurfing. The dry, warm days of early spring – September and October – and mid-autumn, around May, are ideal for bushwalking.
- High season: Spring and summer (November to February)
- Low season: Winter (June and July)
- Don’t miss: The bursts of floral colours during wildflower season, from late July to early October