Geraldton Foreshore Walk

 “Restless Jo” takes us for a ramble every Monday around the lovely English countryside she calls home and she invites other bloggers to show their part of the world in a walk around their “patch”. Visit her blog to join other walks.

So today I would like to join the cyber rambling club and as today is fine after 5 days of glorious rain it is time to explore more of Geraldton.

Geraldton has changed since I first visited in 2005. Back then it had railway tracks running along the foreshore cutting the beach from the main street. All the shops had their backs to the beach and the trains chugged along taking in the best views as they hauled loads of wheat, minerals and iron ore to the port to be transported all over the world. The town had a rather scruffy and down at heel look about it.

What a transformation has taken place since then. The line has been diverted round the back of the town and the original lines have been taken up and the foreshore rejuvenated with parks and walking paths. I’m sure this must’ve cost a huge sum of money but what a difference it has made to the town. So this is my first walk…

A big welcome. Can you see the cyclist?

A big welcome. Can you see the cyclist? But we will be walking.

This large welcome sign faces out into the harbour, greeting ships as they arrive.

The Mariner is home to many luxury yachts and sailing boats

The Mariner is home to many luxury yachts and sailing boats

 

A stiff wind is blowing the flags.

A stiff wind is blowing the flags.

Outside the museum the flags are fluttering, from left to right, the Aboriginal flag, the Australian flag, and the West Australian flag.

 

Looking across Champion Bay to the wheat silos at the port

Looking across Champion Bay to the wheat silos at the port.

As I round the corner I see 2 giant rubic cubes. Do you remember them?

These are toilets

These are toilets

It is school holiday time and for a while I watch the children enjoying the surf.

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Aboriginal created sculptures

Aboriginal created sculptures

The courthouse.

The courthouse.

Looking back across the park I see the imposing Courthouse, but of more interest now is the Dome Café.

Time for a cup of coffee.

Time for a cup of coffee.

That was a welcome break, now all revived I’ll wander on.

Coming to the end of the foreshore I turn into town. This is the West End and is the original part of Geraldton that was settled in the mid 1800’s.

“The first European to really explore the area was the hapless George Grey who, having failed to explore the North-West Cape was forced to walk from Shark Bay back to Fremantle in 1839.

A decade later the explorer A. C. 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. In the years that followed the hinterland was settled by farmers and in 1857, after the closure of the unsuccessful Convict Depot at Port Gregory, Geraldton became a short lived convict settlement. In the 1860s, after the decline of Port Gregory, it became the major port north of Fremantle and in 1871 it was officially proclaimed a town.

It was during the time after 1850 that the local Aboriginal population, which was estimated at over 1000 between Dongara and Geraldton, was virtually wiped out. Massacres and diseases were the killers. It is known that nearly 300 Aborigines died at Tibradden Station in 1853 as the result of an outbreak of measles.

In 1879 the Western Australian government built a railway between Geraldton and Northampton.

The town’s major period of growth occurred in the 1890s when it became the major port for the Murchison gold rushes. Prospectors poured through the port on their way to the fields at Cue, Day Dawn, Mount Magnet, Meekatharra and Yalgoo.

By World War 1 Geraldton had become the major centre for the surrounding wheat belt. It still holds this position today and is an important centre for fishing, wheat, sheep and tourism.”

Information from http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-factsheet/geraldton–culture-and-history-20081120-6btr.html

There are still a few of the old style cottages around.

Old stone cottage being renovated

Old stone cottage being renovated

Busy pruning the roses

Busy pruning the roses

I have to photograph this beautiful old tree.

I have to photograph this beautiful old tree.

It was quite difficult to capture this hibiscus in the windy conditions

It was a challenge to capture this hibiscus in the windy conditions

One of the most remarkable buildings in Geraldton is  St Francis Xavier Cathedral it is a spectacular church in the centre of Geraldton that you will find as magnificent on the inside as it looks from the outside. Designed by the Monsignor John Hawes, it took 22 years to build.

St Francis Xavia Cathedral

St Francis Xavier Cathedral

The interesting Byzantine architecture of St Francis Xavier Cathedral

The interesting Byzantine architecture of St Francis Xavier Cathedral

Outside the Cathedral the trees are filled with hundreds of squawking Corellas. It is midday and they are settling in for their afternoon rest.

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It has been an interesting morning and I am now back into the main shopping area so time to buy some groceries and head home.

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Footnote… I have found out that we have been calling the vehicle the wrong name. He is not called Troopy, his name is Hector…

 

 

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33 thoughts on “Geraldton Foreshore Walk

  1. Lovely walk that was. Loved that house with the rose bushes and that huge big tree. What an impressive personality it has !!Keep walking Pommepal and I’ll try and catch up with you from time to time.:-)

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  2. I so enjoyed my walk with you… even the spray from the sea.. 🙂 lovely views, thank you again for showing me around 🙂

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  3. I enjoyed your walk a lot, especially the hibiscus flowers and the corellas. Have a great day!

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  4. Pingback: Jo’s Monday walk : the Dunajec Gorge | restlessjo

  5. Lovely, lovely, lovely and of course the cockatoos!!!!! Ethereal!

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  6. Finally managed to accompany you on this walk PP. Love the Victorian cottages with their lace-work and veranda – reminds me of cottages in Franschhoek, near Cape Town. I’d love to own one!

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    • Good to have you along with me on the walk Jude. Lovely to look at (and photograph) but I think a lot of work/money to own one.

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  7. poppytump

    Hi PP I had to come and have another longer look ! What a super walk … some very smart building going on . Yes the rubic cube 🙂 I could do it one time after a little lad showed me the trick one quiet afternoon on the Children’s Ward way back … I know a lot of people just used to take them apart !
    Love that Cathedral I wonder whether it is well supported as well as being an attraction .
    Aw Corellas squawking Lol I remember those !

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    • Good to have you along for the walk Poppy. I never could do that frustrating Rubik cube. The Cathedral has been raising money for some renovations and they have raised enough to get started.

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  8. now this was a true adventure walk- the art was one of the best take aways for me – the aborigine child toys on the beach – now that is just cool!! – and the fun Rubic’s cubes – flashback – but some fun art!

    well your personality showed through a bit as well – and you make a nice tour guide pommel!!

    the surf slideshow was a treat – and added to the walk – and so after drying off from some light splashes of ocean water O_o – I like how we continue with “the wander on” – as we enjoy the “wonder” of this walk!

    and that hibiscus shot – whew – you nailed it. Did you say it was windy? well not sure how you grabbed that – but your angle makes me want to bend in to sniff – the green leaves have such focus – which only highlights the pink more – and then the few blooms in the back add interest – this is a gem of a shot of one of the best flowers ever.

    have a great day and I am really looking forward to your future walks with Jo – what fun challenge – it is one of my favs! 🙂

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    • Hi Y (I love how that rhymes!!!!) That is a lovely comment you have left me. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the stroll. Yes it was very windy, notice the flags, and it took me ages and a lot of patience to capture that hibiscus shot. Thank goodness for the digital as there were lots of blurred rejects…

      Yes I have been following Jo on her walks for a while now and I’m looking forward to her walks from Poland as I’m sure there will be some. See you next Monday… 🙂

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      • I know – I am looking forward to Poland shots (I am half polish – my better half I sometimes say – ha!) but I did notice the waving flags – and actually was going to note how I liked the triple shot view of them – but a gal can only comment so much before it becomes “too” much – ha!!

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  9. Many thanks, Pauline 🙂 I’ll add this to the bottom of my next walks post because I’m in Poland for a while.

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  10. an interesting walk around Geraldton … I have not been there until now … I like the old cottages and the cathedral is amazing … good to see the modern sea front development with sculpture and Rubik’s cubes … yes I do!

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    • All the restructuring of the foreshore has certainly improved the towns image. As for Rubik’s cubes I could never get them out…

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  11. Hi Pommepal,
    I felt as if I was walking around Geraldton with you. What a good idea for a post.
    The rain must have been good for your seedlings – are they coming along nicely now?
    And BTW – Why is Troopy actually Hector?

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    • I must admit it is not my idea about the walks, “Restless Jo” runs a Monday morning challenge to feature your area in a walk. I thought it was a good idea too, so this week I joined in. Pop over to Jo’s blog if you want to know more about this challenge.http://restlessjo.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/jos-monday-walk-nesbitt-dene/
      The seedlings just loved the rain I will be putting some more photos in soon.
      Oh yes Troopy.!!! Naomi (Troopy/Hector’s owner) saw my post and sent me an email to tell me I had the wrong name. The email was sent from the depths of the jungle in Java. How’s that for the power of cyberspace….

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      • Very impressive! So Hector it must be, although I did like Troopy for a name – it has connotations of perseverance and determination, both of which an intrepid traveller needs. Thanks for the link I’ll check that out.

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  12. Thanks for the stroll! Love the reflected seagull image 🙂

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  13. Wow! Now I HAVE to go to Geraldton! Your photos are really great, especially the bird ones!

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  14. An absolutely delightful walk, Pommepal. The arches in the Francis Xavier cathedral remind of the Mezquita de Cordoba, but on a much smaller scale. http://adinparadise.wordpress.com/2012/11/18/architecture-hola-spain/
    Those Corella are magnificent. I wish we had such fancy birds flying around outside my home here in South Africa, even if they do squawk a lot. 🙂

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    • That is stunning architecture Sylvia. I think John Dawse must have had that Cathedral in mind when he designed the Francis Xavier Cathedral

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