Why go to Geraldton?
The scenic city of Geraldton has everything from historic sights and museums to lovely beaches, shops and dining
There are a lot of sightseeing and activity options in Geraldton, so you'll need to manage your time wisely
You likely won't want for anything but more time in this small but charming city
Geraldton Cruise Port Facilities?
Batavia Coast Marina has a range of restaurants and cafes as well as the local museum and a boardwalk you can stroll along or relax and watch the watercraft at the jetty. On Sunday there is a farmer's market across the road and harbour tours on a replica Batavia longboat. The main shopping area is a short three-block walk and there you will find good shopping, dining, theatres, and ATMs, as well as Wi-Fi in various locations (see below).
Good to Know?
Have fun noticing local numberplates on cars. Every council area in Western Australia has its own prefix for cars registered in that region. In Geraldton it is GN.
Be careful collecting shells in shallow water or on the beach as they might contain live 'occupants'. The blue-ringed octopus is very dangerous. Not all beaches are patrolled or have flags so do watch out for 'rips' (strong currents) when there is a big swell.
Picking wildflowers is prohibited throughout the State. If bushwalking, be alert for snakes.
By bus: TransGeraldton (+61 899 232 225) is the local public bus transport.
By car or taxi: Local taxis are available and there are car rental agencies as well.
By bike: Hire a bike to see the beaches and town. Ask the local Meet and Greet helpers at the Marina for recommendations.
By plane: Flights to the Abrolhos Islands are available from Geraldton Air Charter.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
ATMs and currency exchanges may be found throughout the town at banks and also in shopping centres as well as many hotels. Withdrawals will be in Australian currency, usually in $50 and $20 notes. For current currency conversion figures visit www.oanda.com or www.xe.com. US dollars are not acceptable when shopping, but major credit cards are generally welcome.
Where You're Docked?
Cruise ships anchor in Southern Champion Bay not far from the city centre, and passengers are tendered into Batavia Coast Marina. Cruise ship 'meet and greet' volunteers are on hand to direct and assist visitors in exploring the city's attractions and directing them to ATMs and markets.