Monday, 27 October 2014

Geraldton

After Horrocks Beach we headed to Geraldton, we desperately needed to resupply as we we haven't seen a decent shop since Carnarvon. As soon as we hit the edges of Geraldton you could tell we were back in a bigger town. The traffic was hectic & the drivers terrible. I had this sinking feeling of just getting out of there fast, could we get all we needed done in just an overnighter?? I soon calmed down when we found a carvan park out near the port, that was huge, but in a quiet area & looked nice. We got given a large grassy site, the first time we have camped on lush green grass for the whole trip. It was really nice, we were near the amenities but not on top of them & the park was only about half full if that.

Geraldton harbour 

Green grass


We set up quickly as it was about to rain & it started to mist just as we were finishing. We decided to head down the street & grab a few things as they don't have Sunday trading & we arrived on a Saturday lunch time. We even managed to find a pub with awesome $12 lunch specials & the town seemed ok. We initially booked in for 2 nights at the Belair Gardens Caravan park at $34 a night. As it was Mats birthday on the Monday we didn't really want to pack up & move on that day, so we ended up staying for 4 nights. 

We used Geraldton as a base & went for a drive down to Greenough, Port Denison & Dongara, cut back inland to Mingenew & called into the Coalseam National Park that had amazing views & some cool old relics of the mining era including mine shafts you can look at. We then continued to Mullewa & back to Geraldton, a good day out & a nice drive. 

Flat Rocks

Port Denison

Coalseam national park

Old mine shaft


The next day was Mats birthday, so we decided to head back towards Northhampton way via the Chapman Valley & some wineries, but as it was a Monday everything was closed, we wanted to go to the pub in Northhampton for lunch, but the good one was closed & the other 2 were very dodgy! So we ended up back in Geraldton after all that. To make up for it I took him out to a fancy place in town for dinner called Skeetas, the food was pretty good & we ate too much, but had a nice night. 


What did you wish for, for your birthday????


The next day we did all of our resupply shopping, washed everything as it was the first time we have had decent washing machines since Katherine, so all of the linen & sleeping bags got a freshen up. And of course we had to have fish & chips on the beach before we left, yum. All in all Geraldton was a good spot to resupply it had all the shops we needed, there was a bit to see around town & a trip down to Dongara/Port Denison is well worth it. 


Geraldton local

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