The wind is up, much cooler and now we arrive at Geraldton. Our first natural growth urban centre. The port, great beaches, mining, beef, wheat, oats and tourism drive growth in this city. Nearly 40,000 people live in Geraldton and is the fastest growing rural centre in Western Australia.
The first European to explore the area was George Grey in 1839. A decade later the explorer Augustus Gregory travelled through the area. He discovered lead on the Murchison River and the mine which was subsequently established was named Geraldine after the Governor Charles Fitzgerald. The town of Geraldton was gazetted in 1850.
The Geraldton Museum is a credit to the city. Included in the exhibits is an HMAS Sydney display. This Museum is a must visit. The nearby ‘old jail and police station’ museum is also worth a look over.