Geraldton

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Sitting on the edge of the sparkling Indian Ocean, about 400km north of Perth, Western Australia, and enjoying a year-round almost Mediterranean climate, the city of Geraldton is a destination of choice for many tourists, and indeed, those seeking a sea change on a more permanent basis.

More than 40,000 people enjoy an enviable lifestyle complete with all the amenities of a big city but with a relaxed country feel wrapped in historic and cultural heritage.

Lined with beautiful beaches, the Chapman and Greenough Rivers to the north and south, and breakaway ranges in the picturesque Chapman Valley there is much to discover.   The City boasts a fabulous family- and tourist-friendly foreshore resplendent with a children’s playground and water park the envy of many other regional centres.

One of the jewels in Geraldton’s crown is undoubtedly HMAS Sydney II Memorial. Recognised as a Memorial of National Significance, set high on the hill on Mt Scott overlooking Champion Bay and the City centre, it is a fitting reminder to the 645 servicemen who lost their lives when they went down with the vessel after the fateful battle with the German Raider HSK Kormoran, on 19 November 1941.

But there is so much more to this seaside city; apart from being steeped in history, it is one of the world’s top five windsurfing and kitesurfing spots, with visitors returning year after year dotting the ocean landscape with brightly coloured sails that soar and dip, dramatically skimming the water around Geraldton’s iconic Point Moore Lighthouse. Proudly standing 34 metres tall since 1878, the lighthouse has been a beacon of safety for ships navigating the treacherous offshore reefs.

Take a guided tour of the spectacular St Francis Xavier Cathedral, designed by architect and priest, Monsignor John Hawes, built of stone from nearby Chapman Valley and completed in 1938. A leisurely drive to Mullewa, about 100km east of Geraldton will reveal more of this priest’s amazing architecture, there you can enjoy a stroll along the Monsignor Hawes Heritage Trail.

There are many historic attractions; take a trip back in time with a visit to the Central Greenough Historic Settlement, where you can stroll through a collection of beautifully restored stone character buildings dating back to the 19th century pioneers.

Scenic flights with up-to-date commentary are available to the beautiful Houtman Abrolhos Islands, where the horrific Batavia mutiny and massacre took place in 1692.  Visit the WA Museum-Geraldton at the marina to get an idea of the history before you go.

Shopping in Geraldton is diverse and plentiful and the City has a reputation for its pearl farming and beautiful pearl jewellery designs. Black pearls are a speciality.

For more tourist information visit the Geraldton Visitor Centre website at www.geraldtonvisitorcentre.com.au or contact the friendly staff at the centre on (08) 9921 3999, Freecall 1800 818 881, or email info@geraldtonvisitorcentre.com.au

Sightseeing Opportunities (Half day)

  • Walking tour visiting the HMAS Sydney II Memorial, WA Museum - Geraldton and St Francis Xavier Cathedral
  • Winery tour - Please delete as this has closed down
  • Local history and architectural tour
  • Greenough hamlet

Sightseeing Opportunities (Full day)

  • Kalbarri Gorges
  • Working farm – Not sure where this is as we have no tours to a farm currently
  • Northampton/Chapman Valley tour
  • Albrolhos Islands tour by Charter Flight
  • Dongara and Eneabba Tour. – No current tour on sale for Dongara and Eneabba

Working hours

Customs Officers 24 hours
Quarantine Officials 24 hours
Immigration Officials As for Customs

Customs and Immigration

Passenger Manifest Three copies at the first port of call with one copy to Immigration with the passengers card one copy to Customs and the third copy to remain on board the ship.
Embarking Passenger Manifest 3 copies - 1 to Customs 1 to Port 1 stays
Crew Manifest 2 - 1 at first port to Immigration 2nd stays.
Stores List 2 (Aust. Customs Service and Sydney Ports Corporation
Customs Declaration(Ship) 1 (Australian Customs Service)
Customs Declaration(Crew) 2 (Australian Customs Service)
Forms Comments All forms listed above are produced at the first Australian port of call and then one copy of each form travels on board the ship to be produced at subsequent ports.
Customs Declaration(Passengers) One at first Australian port of call only.

Port health

Health Declaration One (pratique) at first Australian port of call only

 

The following Ground Handlers are CDU members and supply superior ground handling services throughout Australia.

Approach

Arrival Departure Restrictions n/a
Tidal Variation 1.2m
Prevailing Currents 0.5 knots N/S at Fairway Buoy
Prevailing Winds n/a
Length of Channel n/a
Depth of Channel n/a
Comments n/a

Depth and breadth of turning basin

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Shipping Agents:

Shipping agents

The following CDU members offer superior service throughout the region.

Port Operations/Services

Barwil Agencies Oceania
Address 9/189 Kent Street Sydney NSW 2000
Telephone +61 2 9439 7223
24 hour contact +61 416 189 760
Fax +61 2 9439 8587
Website www.barwil.com
Email sydney@barwil.com.au
Services Contact: Greg Coopman.
For details of services see the Barwil entry under Members and Contacts- then scroll down to Shipping Agents.
Beaufort Shipping Agency Company
Address Level 8, 120 Sussex Street, Sydney NSW 2000
  GPO Box 3988, Sydney NSW 2001
Telephone 61 2 9364 8960
24 hour contact +61 411 123 013
Fax +61 2 9364 8999
Website N/A
Email operations@beaufortshipping.com
Services Contact Ian McAllister
For details of services see the Beaufort entry under Members and Contacts- then scroll down to Shipping Agents.
Information on other Shipping Agents can be obtained from the Port Authority (see Port Operator).

Towage

Are tugs available yes - 2
Are tugs compulsory n/a
Tug operator`s name n/a
Tug operator`s fax n/a
Ship or tug lines n/a
Tug working hours n/a

Linesman

Working hours n/a
Port officials
Working hours n/a
Overtime n/a

Stevedoring

For details of suitable stevedores, please contact the Shipping Agent

Provedoring

  n/a

Telephones

Telephones n/a
How many n/a
Notice required n/a

Bunkering

Fuel Grades n/a
Quay or barge n/a
Suppliers n/a

Water

Fresh Water Yes
Exquay or barge n/a
No of hoses n/a
Capacity per hose/hour n/a
Tonnes per hour guaranteed 40tph
Type of connect n/a
Connect size in inches n/a

Dry garbage

Dry garbage Yes
Barge alongside n/a
Containers available n/a
Size of containers n/a
Number available n/a
Incineration or dump n/a
Facilities to transport n/a

Wet garbage

Wet garbage Yes
Ship or shore pump n/a
Sludge disposal n/a
Sludge details n/a

Charges

Port Charges n/a

Repair facilities

Nearest dry dock n/a
Length n/a
Maximum Tonnage n/a
Divers Available n/a
Engineering facilities n/a

Dredging

Dredging undertaken n/a
Dredging when n/a

 

Port operator

Name Geraldton Port Authority
Address 289 Marine Terrace, Geraldton, WA, 6530
Telephone 08 9964 0520
Facsimile 08 99 640 555
Web Site www.gpa.wa.gov.au
Email Address mail@gpa.wa.gov.au

Berth details

Berth N/A - Tendered
Maximum draft Anchor in Champion Bay in water > 10 m LAT.  Max Draft 8.7 m + tide
Tidal variation 1.2m
Berth length N/A
Guaranteed berthing for cruise ships No
Are other ships able to dock n/a
Cargo ships at dock n/a
Security fences n/a

Nearest ports

Australia Fremantle
Nearest Overseas Port n/a

 

Terminal facilities

Terminal Building No. Passengers tender to Batavia Coast Marina.
Meet and Greet Facilities Yes, by arrangement
Toilet Facilities Yes
Telephones In town
Availability of Maps and/or Brochures Yes
Souvenir Shopping Yes
Money Exchange In town 
Is the US Dollar Accepted? No

Transport

Closest Airport to Pier Geraldton
Distance to Airport 15km
Transport to Airport Taxi
Can Passengers Walk to Town yes - 1km
Drive Time from Pier to Shuttle Stop 50m
Distance from Pier to Town Centre 1km
Are Shuttle Buses Necessary No
Suggested Shuttle Stop in Town Geraldton Visitor Centre or City Centre
Availability of Taxis at Pier Yes
Availability of Public Transport at Pier No
Other Forms of Transport at Pier No

Tour buses

Distance from Ship to Tour Buses 50m
What is the Normal Coach Capacity 44-51
Are Tour Buses Air Conditioned Yes
Are Refreshments Provided on Buses No
Are Cold Towels Provided on Buses No
Are Step Stools Provided on Buses Yes

 

Tourism operators in Western Australia: