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 Northampton. To help you make friends with Northampton before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Northampton, Western Australia, Australia, is a small, ex-mining town about one-and-a-half hours north of Geraldton on the western coast of Western Australia. Tourism in Northampton is relatively new, and is a constantly growing industry, which means new cafes, shops, and accommodation are continuously popping up around the area. Northampton is one of the oldest towns in Western Australia and there are a few national trust and heritage buildings in the town, worth visiting, including the Church of Our Lady. There are also a few cafes, shops and restaurants.
Northampton is also situated between two major copper mines, Wanerenooka and Gwalla. If you are visiting Northampton, check out some of the indigenous cave paintings at Bowes River, which tell stories of the aboriginal tribes that live in the area. There are also some beautiful wildflowers in and around Northampton, as well as some nature and bush walks where you will get the opportunity for wildlife spotting.
Like many rural towns in Western Australia, there are only a few accommodation options, however with the increase in tourism, this is definitely increasing rapidly. Currently there are Northampton, Western Australia, Australia hostels, backpackers, campsites, hotels, guesthouses, and motels in and around the area. Hostels in Northampton, Western Australia, Australia and campsites are the most popular options with backpackers, as it is by far the cheapest travel option, and all so the most social. Most people that visit Northampton will be visiting by car, however there is also a bus service. Staff at your Northampton, Western Australia, Australia hostel are usually more than happy to help arrange onward travel if needed. Hostels in Northampton, Western Australia, Australia, also have either access to internet or free Wi-Fi, and sometimes information about transport and activities in and around the area. If you are driving, check with the hostel staff in advance, whether parking is available, as sometimes there are only limited parking spots, or they may charge extra for parking.
Written by local enthusiast for Northampton hostelsKelly Sheldrick