Backpacker Tours Perth to Geraldton And The Houtman Abrolhos Islands
Geraldton is known as Sun City
Geraldton is Sun City because of its regular eight hours of sun per day and year-round high temperatures, Geraldton has fabulous surrounding beaches and activities. The waters are pristine; conditions are so ideal for windsurfing that it is one of the best spots in the world. Lessons and equipment are available for hire.
Geraldton is a must-visit destination for Backpackers
Gerro is a famous destination on Perth To Broome Tours and is also an ideal spot for a scuba course. Because if you get your fins here, you will avoid the rush in Exmouth.
The Houtman Abrolhos Islands
The impressive archipelago known as the Houtman Abrolhos Islands lies 60km off Geraldton. There are 122 islands. Their breathtaking beauty belies a horrible history. These isles were the scene for the grisly Batavia massacre. 125 passengers and crew were brutally killed by a psychopath following a shipwreck in 1629.
The Houtman Abrolhos Islands are a Divers paradise
Now, these Islands are a diver’s paradise. Coral reefs surround the 122 islands, and the warm waters have visibility levels of up to 30 meters, which is as close to perfect dive conditions as you are likely to find.
Reef Sharks Dolphins humpbacked whales
There are hundreds of fish varieties, and harmless reef sharks are also common. As news travels about snorkeling and diving conditions to rival, or even beat, the Great barrier Reef. The islands are becoming increasingly popular in recent years.
The isles are also home to sea lions, dolphins, and humpback whales in season. Abrolhos trips offered by local operators often include the chance to surf, windsurf, dive, and fish.
Hutt River Province Principality
In 1970, on farmland about the size of Hong Kong, the Casley family seceded from the Commonwealth because of a dispute over tax and formed an independent state, the Hutt River Province. Drop-in and Prince Leonard or Princess Shirley will share their unique story with you. They even have postage stamps, and you can get your passport stamped. A visit to this principality is included in several tours available from Geraldton or Perth.
Things to see and visit near Geraldton
From Geraldton, several trips run into the surrounding areas, like the picturesque Greenough River, 20-minutes south of the town, with its leaping fish and abundance of birds. Within comfortable driving distance north of the Geraldton, you can find impressive coastal cliffs; watch the surf pounding into the rocky shore and see the hundreds of native birds that call the cliffs home. Great fishing is also available. Be careful when seas are rough.
Visit the Museums and St Francis Xavier Cathedral
Visit museums and the fantastic St Francis Xavier Cathedral, or check out the nightlife. Even on a Sunday evening, both pubs in town often have live bands and are heaving. A sizeable population of 37,648 Geraldton (often informally abbreviated to Gero) has all the conveniences of a city, but the relaxed atmosphere of a coastal country town.