This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Geraldton. To help you make friends with Geraldton before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Geraldton is a coastal town located in the midwest of the Australian state, Western Australia, just a few hours north of the state capital city, Perth. Geraldton is an historic town (in Australian terms), with a European influence, which can be seen the town’s cathedral and many of the buildings found within the town.
Geraldton’s beaches, like most found on the west coast of Australia, offer some great surfing opportunities, which unsurprisingly has lead to a rather large surfing and wind-surfing community. There are also opportunities to learn to dive; however, the PADI diving courses offered here are rather expensive, and can be found for cheaper in other cities in Australia. There is also a rather large fishing community, which has resulted in the establishment of many good seafood restaurants, which can be found along the waterfront. There are also many galleries displaying traditional Aboriginal art, and museums, which includes displays outlining the tragic shipwrecks that have occurred off the coast of Geraldton.
There are a few budget options, including Geraldton hostels or "backpackers," cheap hotels, and motels. Geraldton hostels usually offer dorm rooms, or private double rooms. A complimentary breakfast is usually included in the price, however this should be confirmed at time of booking. Some hostels in Geraldton also provide access to a communal, fully equipped kitchen. Most Geraldton hostels are located in a historic, colonial-style building, with modern facilities such as hot water showers. Not all Geraldton hostels provide twenty-four-hour reception, so if arriving early morning, or late in the evening, it is worth informing the hostel in advance of your arrival.
Written by local enthusiast for Geraldton hostelsKelly Sheldrick