Blogs from Geraldton, Western Australia, Australia, Oceania - page 2


Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Geraldton November 9th 2013

From Exmouth we travelled south and called into the small town of Coral Bay, famous for its beautiful sandy beach and, of course snorkelling amongst the coral. It was so picturesque with its turquoise sea with canoes, kayaks and glass bottom boats to hire to view all the protected marine life from above the water. It is easy to see why it is a popular tourist destination with the caravan parks and motels all on the main drag. Next stop was Carnarvon and as this town prohibits free camping, like many in Australia, we opted for a caravan park that was offering 3 nights for the price of two, so a pretty good deal really. We again relaxed by a beautiful pool, reading our kindles and agreeing that our life style is not too bad! Carnarvon ... read more
Carnarvon -One mile jetty
Common lizard
Coral Bay - WA

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Geraldton July 16th 2013

We have had a great couple of months in Perth before today heading off to tackle stage two of our trip around The Block. Our family have been building a new home north of Perth so we have enjoyed seeing the progress from a concrete slab when we arrived to a house close to lock up. Their home looks to be very spacious, and they have taken care with sun angles for their layout as they do have long hot summers here. We have spent weekends with them enjoying a great variety of different activities. Ben is a Lego Maniac not only building to plan, but adapting ideas creating some great items. He has been building houses over the last couple of weeks and has made quicker progress than Mum and Dad. Beckie is a potential ... read more
Waiting, searching, weeping
Hitched up
Canola in flower

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Geraldton June 11th 2013

Geo: -28.7731, 114.611We have been watching the weather now for a few days (since we had TV again) and they keep forecasting rain, but we woke again to blue skies and sunshine. David is still in shorts but it is getting cooler the further south we go.Geraldton is huge with a population of 40,000. That is more people than we have seen in 7 weeks!They even have a Target!!! The vibe here is very active and becoming cosmopolitan with renovations to the foreshore and building massive homes on every vantage point available. Geraldton is very hilly and the amount of money spent on some retainer walls would pay for a house. The port is enormous and there have been 6 huge ships out on the horizon and more in the port.We took a look at the ... read more
Alinta Turbine

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Geraldton May 30th 2013

From Perth we decide to head for Coronation Beach camping ground just north of Geraldton and arrive at the turn off at about 5pm to find a “Campground Full” sign greeting us...ahhh that wasn't in the plan. We turn back and head south (feels very wrong) toward Geraldton and stay at Drummond Cove for yet another rainy day. Man we gotta get north away from winter!... read more
Off It Goes!

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Geraldton June 4th 2012

Day one! Woke early to an apricot Perth sunrise and finished packing and organising, which took a while. We left at about 8:45, traffic was great as it is a public holiday today (happy WA day!). First stop was New Norcia, the Benedictine monastry an hour and a bit from Perth. We've never been there before. We didn't do the organised tour this time as it is 2 hours and we didn't have quite that long, but we had a look at the museum and walked around the historic buildings. Also bought some monastery bakehouse bread which was very nice with dinner. From New Norcia we drove through Moora and then along the Brand Highway, past Greenough to the outskirts of Geraldton. We had lovely weather for the drive, enjoying the deep blue skies and glowing ... read more
New Norcia

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Geraldton April 25th 2012

Geraldton 24th & 25th April Perched on the edge of the Indian Ocean, with a Mediterranean climate, Geraldton is a busy developing city and the capital of Australia’s Coral Coast. As a city, first impressions did not do it justice for us and only spending some time here and exploring what there is, changed this perception. This part of Australia abounds with history predating British colonisation, and one event that dominates this area is the Batavia shipwreck and mutiny in 1629. The Dutch East India Company ship Batavia ran aground at the Albrohos (a group of 122 islands 55klm off the coast of Geraldton) and her survivors made it to land only to face a bloody mutiny in which 125 men, women and children were killed. Before the mutiny erupted, a small band of survivors set ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Geraldton April 24th 2012

Greenough 24th April Greenough is 27klm south of Geraldton and deserving of a Blog in its own right (I feel!). Sitting on the Greenough Flats a flood plain close to the mouth of the Greenough River is the Central Greenough Historic Settlement which comprises 11 original buildings. At its peak in the 1860’s and 70’s, Greenough (pronounced Grennuff), was a highly successful wheat growing area. However from 1900 the combined effects of drought, crop disease (wheat rust), and floods led to the areas dramatic decline of the population on the “flats”. The once bustling centre of this farming community became a ghost town and today with funding from the National trust in particular 11 restored buildings survive. Dating from the 1880’s these buildings include a school, the police station, courthouse and jail. Two churches, a community ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Geraldton March 13th 2012

A few more pics along the road... read more
Vegie Garden
Dynamite Bay
Lookout over horizon

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Geraldton March 13th 2012

Moora was a tad inland so first thing we decided to head back towards the coast. After driving through Jurien we moved towards Green Head by mid-morning and although there was a slight sea breeze it did not provide much relief with another scorcher on the way. The caravan park looked nice enough but after a few days out in the heat we were drained and exhausted and gave into temptation and booked into an air conditioned room for the night at a nearby tourist complex. Sunday was essentially spent enjoying cooler climates and doing not much more than watching TV, sleeping and reading; however, it was definitely required to get us back on track. Late afternoon we walked over the road to Dynamite Bay which was a picturesque little spot and enjoyed a dip in ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Geraldton December 12th 2011

Today we have completed a full lap of Australia! Paul has just drawn the last line on Cazza’s map, as we are now in Geraldton, our first major stop just under 12 months ago. We have driven more than 43,000 kms, seen so many amazing places, done some incredible things, and shared some special times with family and friends, new and old. I can’t believe we have only two more sleeps left in our caravan, and then we have a day to empty her before she is booked in for a thorough clean out, in anticipation of being sold. But first, let me fill you in on where we have been since Carnarvon. We decided to visit Monkey Mia, despite many people telling us it was very commercial and a waste of time. I am so ... read more
1b. Bottlenose dolphin Patch
2a. On the look out for dugongs
2b A shy dugong

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