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Albany Visitor Centre

Albany features natural wonders and holds stories of Australia's heritage that are unique to the Great Southern Region. It's a break from routine, so slip back a gear and bring yourself to Albany - you'll love it!

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Australia's North West Tourism

Australia's North West is a land of extraordinary contrasts, where the red rocky landscapes of the outback meet the bright turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.

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Australia's South West Visitor Centre

Australia’s South West’s natural beauty combines with a sensational wine and food industry to create a place where unique and memorable experiences are always part of the landscape.

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Chosen by Lonely Planet as one of the world's Top 10 Regions in 2010, Australia's South West offers some of the most varied travel experiences in Western Australia.

Discover towering forests to whale watching, fine food and wine to world class surfing, Australia's South West offers some of the most varied travel experiences in Western Australia.

Margaret River and its surrounds are a popular destination for world-class wineries, top surfing and fun family holidays. Locals head here in winter too, responding to the lure of cosy log-fires, brisk walks along the beach, horse riding through the bush and mountains of delicious local produce.

A huge draw for scuba divers is the HMAS Swan Dive Wreck, also visible to snorkellers from above the ocean surface. The Busselton Jetty and Underwater Observatory provides another amazing view of the colourful world beneath the water. 

Balingup Visitor Centre

The Balingup Visitor Centre provides information on things to do, where to eat, and where to stay when you are in town, and to plan the next leg of your journey. Open daily 10am – 4pm.

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Experience the Magic of Balingup

The historic village of Balingup is situated at the northern entrance to the picturesque Blackwood River Valley in the south west of Western Australia. A premier tourist town, Balingup is well known for its art and crafts, galleries, wineries, festivals and events; and is surrounded by wonderful scenery - forests, winding rivers, rolling hills, vineyards and lush orchards.

A leisurely two and a half hours drive from Perth, Balingup offers some of the finest accommodation in Western Australia, and has become known as an alternative destination from which to explore the wine, forest and coastal regions of Australia’s South West.

Events

With a small but vibrant community, Balingup is acknowledged as a leader in staging festivals and events. The major events are the Balingup Small Farm Field Day (April), Telling Tales in Balingup (July), the Balingup Medieval Carnivale (August) and the Jalbrook Concert (November), but you will find there is always something happening and plenty of things to do.

Things to do

On a visit to Balingup you'll find numerous unique specialty shops and galleries, award winning wineries, and a craft centre with the largest range of arts and crafts in Western Australia. There are a number of delightful cafes providing morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, and a restaurant and tavern provide evening meals. Accommodation options include a full range of styles and prices and include secluded cottages, B&Bs and farm stays, so there will be something ideal for either a family holiday or couples seeking a romantic getaway.

The world renowned Bibbulmun Track passes through the town along the gentle Balingup Brook and meanders to the south through the beautiful Balingup Golden Valley Tree Park. The Park is a unique collection of beautiful and interesting trees from around the world, and is Western Australia's largest Arboretum Park. There are many options for interesting walks, ranging from an hour to a couple of days.

To spend time in Balingup is to enjoy the experience of the ever-changing seasons. The winter valley mists, spring blossoms, glowing sunsets and the russet red tinting of the autumn leaves are all part of the magical Balingup experience.

Balingup awaits you any time of year - the hardest thing you will have to do is leave.

Address: South Western Highway, Balingup

Beverley Information Centre

The heritage wheatbelt town of Beverley is 130 kilometres east of Perth on the Avon River. Founded in 1838, Beverley is one of Western Australia's oldest settlements.

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Beverley is a vibrant rural community with a population of 1700. Located in the western central Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, Beverley is less than 140km east of Perth. The Shire is home of a highly productive broad acre farming industry with a smaller diversified agricultural base, such as perennial horticulture, also finding a home here.

First permanently settled by Europeans in the second half of the 19th Century, Beverley has a long and proud history. This pride prevails today as one of only a few rural communities in the state that is growing.

Located on the banks of the famous Avon River, the town of Beverley is an attractive place to visit and live in. All services and facilities expected of a progressive community are available, including high quality educational and medical establishments.

Beverley is a quiet agricultural town with a proud history - for visitors it is a chance to experience life in a heritage country town. Stroll down the main street and admire the variety of architectural styles. Go for a flight in a glider or try out the golf course and take the kids to explore the banks of the Avon River. Visit the Station Gallery and meet the artist in residence, then enjoy a coffee or a beer and a good country meal!

Information Centre

Staffed by volunteers, the Information Centre offers help and advice about tourist attractions, events, accommodation, services and community contacts in the town.

Located at the Aeonautical Museum in Vincent Street

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday: 9am-4pm
Saturday: 9am-12.30pm
Sunday: 9am-4pm

Bindoon - Chittering Tourist Centre

Just one hour's drive from Perth, the stunning Chittering Valley is fast emerging as a popular wine, food and sculpture trail.

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Just one hour's drive from Perth, the stunning Chittering Valley is fast emerging as a  popular wine,  food and sculpture trail.   The easily accessible trail takes you through the valley's tranquil rolling hills offering views of vines, orchards, pasture and bushland. Sample some of the many award winning wines along the way, choose a venue for lunch or take a picnic.  The trail begins in Bullsbrook and winds its way along Chittering Road ending at Jylland Vineyard near Gingin.

Stay overnight at a farmstay, bed & breakfast or chalet, there are many to choose from..

In Bindoon, the Brockman Centre houses the Bindoon Heritage Museum and the Bindoon Arts and Crafts centre.  There are wonderful displays of wildflowers in spring, culminating in the annual Chittering Wildflower Festival in September. The Bindoon Agricultural Show is held in October. You can even enjoy a tour of the working orchards and take home freshly picked fruit.

An important   landmark of the area is the co-educational Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon, ten kilometres north of Bindoon. East of the College lies the huge hardwood forest knows as Julimar, where tracts of wildflowers can  be seen. Visits to this area are by arrangement with the Chittering Visitor Centre.

Call in at our Visitor Centre in Bindoon for information on the wine & sculpture trail, accommodation, attractions, gifts, local produce and souvenirs, or phone us on
9576 1100 for friendly & helpful advice.

 

 

Bridgetown - Greenbushes Visitor Centre

Welcome to the Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes. Our beautiful region is the jewel in the crown of the South-West.

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Our beautiful region is the jewel in the crown of the South-West. Located literally in the centre of the South-West, you are close to forests and National Parks, wineries, heritage walks and trails, and some of the state’s most stunning heritage buildings. Bridgetown was recognised as a “Heritage Town” in 2000.

Broome Visitor And Information Centre

Where the sky meets the land, the desert meets the sea, where white sands, red rocks and cobalt blue waters come together; on a peninsula not more than 15km long, here rests the town of Broome.

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Welcome to Yawuru Land... a message from the Traditional Owners of Broome

Ngaji gurrjin marnja ngarr-ngu nyamba buru yawuru-any nilwal Rubibi ngarra-ngu gulbulan banugab-gungab- yanbangub – gularrgab

The Yawuru people, the Traditional Owners and Custodians, welcome you to Broome. A welcoming of people onto country is culturally important to Yawuru people to sustain Mabujunu Liyarn (Good Feeling) between both visitors and Traditional Owners. Our land is very ancient and covers vast areas from Wirkinmirre (WillieCreek) in the north: south through Minyirr (Broome) and east past Mangalagun (Crab Creek) and south to Warrawan (Barn Hill). We trust that you will all have a great time and enjoy the unique cultural diversity Broome has to offer. We further wish those visitors a safe journey in their future travels.  Garlia! (see you soon)

Broome - An Introduction

Where the sky meets the land, the desert meets the sea, where white sands, red rocks and cobalt blue waters come together; on a peninsula not more than 15km long, here rests the town of Broome. Often referred to as the southern gateway to the Kimberley, this tropical seaside town simply oozes charm and character. Yet it’s not just the spectacular setting, warm winter days and balmy summer nights that make Broome a ‘one of a kind’ holiday destination.

Originally founded in the late 1880’s as a pearling port, Broome boasts a multicultural population lured here by the promise of finding their fortunes. Koepanger, Malay, Chinese, Japanese, European and Aboriginal cultures have all blended to create a captivatingly welcoming and colourful personality that is the heart and soul of Broome. If you like to unwind, Broome is your ideal holiday destination. Stroll on the world famous CableBeach, home to an abundance of sea life, dotted with pindan cliffs, where the desert meets the ocean. Long renowned as one of the world’s best beaches CableBeach takes its name from the Submarine Telegraph Cable that was laid in 1889, connecting Broome to Java, and becoming the main form of communication between Broome and the rest of the world. Today, it is a popular location to relax in the sun, go for a swim, sail on a pearl lugger, go fishing or just watch the tide go out and enjoy a magnificent sunset.

Wander through Chinatown and enjoy the contradiction of Broome, where historical buildings stand side by side with the architecture of the modern world. Among the modern pearl and art galleries, the infrastructures of the past subtly remind you of a day gone by, where pearling masters were celebrated and pearl luggers lined the shores of RoebuckBay. If you take the time to explore, you’ll discover that Broome is rich in history and ethnic influence of the many cultures that have reached Broome’s shores. The architecture is not the only aspect of Broome influenced by cultural diversity. Why not treat your taste buds to the electric east meets west cuisine, or perhaps Italian is more your fare? Whether its just sitting back and watching the world go by in a sidewalk café, enjoying a handcrafted beer at the end of a busy day, or perhaps, sipping a cocktail whilst the sun sets, we’re sure you’ll find something to please your palate.

Whether this is your first trip to Broome or you are a seasoned visitor, give the staff at the Broome Visitor Centre a call. We will be happy to help you organise anything from car hire, to accommodation and tours throughout the Kimberley area. The Broome Visitor Centre offers a free booking service, so take the stress out of your stay and let us plan your holiday for you. It’s as easy as calling 08 9195 2200 or booking online 24/7.

Broome...let yourself go

Bunbury Visitor Centre

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Busselton Visitors Centre

A two hour drive south of Perth, lies the sheltered shores of Geographe Bay. Voted as one on the top 10 places in the world by Lonely Planet, the region is famed for its breathtaking natural beauty. Busselton Visitor’s Centre is a one stop shop for planning and booking your holiday to this region.

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Busselton Visitors Centre
For accommodation, tours and transport bookings and friendly local advice on the best things to see and do in the region, Busselton Visitors Centre provides a one stop shop.
The Centre offers:

  • An efficient booking service
  • Award winning Visitor Guide and Map
  • An impressive showcase of local products and souvenirs.

Staff
The Centre is staffed by professionally trained staff who provide local, on ground support for planning holidays. Staff provide tailored assistance and have up to date product knowledge. A visit to Busselton Visitors Centre takes the hassle out of travel planning. All aspects of a holiday are catered for from booking accommodation and tours to recommending new restaurants or attractions.

Free Travel Guide and Map
A free travel guide and map is available from the Visitor Centre. This publication won gold at the 2010 Tourism Awards and is important in assisting visitors to navigate their way around the region and to make the most of their holiday to the region.

Group Bookings
The Visitor Centre staff can also assist with group bookings, particularly for weddings, conferences and other events where there are a range of logistical factors that need to be considered.

Website www.geographebay.com
For those who can’t get to the Visitor Centre, the website offers services including an itinerary planner, interactive mapping, instantly confirmed accommodation and tour bookings (with some great last minute specials and hot deals on offer) as well as a comprehensive business directory of local businesses.

The Facilities
The Visitors Centre offers modern and comfortable facilities including free local newspapers, and other community information via a public noticeboard, free internet access to geographebay.com and an enticing retail section promoting local products and artworks. In addition, the Visitor Centres offers public toilets and telephones and has disabled access.
 

Carnarvon Visitor Centre

Carnarvon is commonly recognised for its banana plantations, tropical fruits, fine seafood and warm climate and situated in the heart of the Gascoyne Region on the doorstep of the Indian Ocean.

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Carnarvon is commonly recognised for its banana plantations, tropical fruits, fine seafood and warm climate and situated in the heart of the Gascoyne Region on the doorstep of the Indian Ocean.

Carnarvon's unique location, makes it a tropical oasis situated approximately 904km north of Perth on the west coast.

Collie River Valley Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre can provide extensive information on the region with maps, brochures, and a photographic display. We also have videos on local history, mining and power generation.

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We provide:

* Free accommodation booking service and advice.
* Rail, coach and accommodation bookings Australia wide.
* Tour bookings.
* Collie tee shirts and souvenirs.
* Craft gallery.
* Large range of maps and guides.
* Complimentary storage of packs and parcels for Mundabiddi Cycle Trail users and * A register and notice board for those using the Mundabiddi Cycle Trail or walking the Bibbulmun Track.

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To download a copy of the regional tourist map, please go to www.collie.wa.gov.au/visit/discovery_drives and download the Discover Collie Map.

We are open seven days a week.

Our opening times are:

Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Weekends and public holidays 10 a.m.- 3pm.

Closed Christmas and Boxing Day.

Comet Gold Mine and Tourist Centre

10 km from Marble Bar. Museum displaying rocks, minerals and gemstones. Jewellery and regional gemstones available for purchase.

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Also information on local history

Coolgardie Visitor Centre

Mother of the Western Australian Goldfields

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“Mother of the Western Australian Goldfields”


The name Coolgardie is said to be derived from the aboriginal word “Coolcaby,” which is in reference to the area’s mulga vegetation and gnamma waterholes. Over the years, Coolgardie was known by various names such as Bayley's Find, Fly Flat, The Old Camp and The Old Diggings.

The Coolgardie area was first explored by H.M. Lefroy in 1863 and then by C.C. Hunt in 1864. As a result of Hunt’s efforts, the area became accessible to Europeans. But Coolgardie owes its existence to the discovery of gold at nearby Fly Flat, 120 miles to the east of Southern Cross, back in 1892.

According to all accounts, gold was discovered in the area by Arthur Bayley and William Ford on the 17 September 1892. Bayley hastily reported the discovery of 554 ounces of gold to J.M. Finnerty, then the resident mining warden at Southern Cross. At the time 554 ounces of gold was worth 2200 pounds ($4,400) and in accordance with Western Australian mining regulations, Bailey was offered a reward claim covering 20 acres of land at Fly Flat. Bayley’s reward claim proved to be very profitable, and during the 70 years of existence, this mining claim recovered over 500,000 ounces of gold.

From an historical perspective, the Coolgardie gold find proved to be one of immense national significance. During the 1890’s, Eastern Australia experienced a severe depression and people flocked to the areas around Coolgardie in the hope of a better life. However, while some found gold, many only found hardship, sickness and death caused by inadequate housing, lack of fresh water and food, insufficient medical attention and supplies. Despite early hardships, within the short space of ten years, Coolgardie’s population had grown to a staggering 16,000.

By 1896, the railway had arrived and by 1898, Coolgardie was the third largest town in Western Australia (after Perth and Fremantle). Two stock exchanges, three breweries, six newspapers, 60 stores, 26 hotels and many churches were evident during this time. The town was named in 1893 and became a municipality the following year. The Post Office opened in 1895 and the following year electricity and a swimming pool enhanced the hard life of the miners. By 1897, the level of enthusiasm about the potential of the region was such that over 700 mining companies had been floated in London. The water pipeline arrived in 1903 and a year earlier the town had seen the construction of the State Battery.

As the surface gold ran out, many prospectors left the fields disillusioned and penniless. Others headed to Kalgoorlie (East Coolgardie as it was known then) and later worked for mining companies for as little as $6.00 per week.

Coolgardie still continues its long association with the gold industry by more efficient open pit mining and recovery methods. The Coolgardie of today is a pleasant inland town which has retained many aspects of its rich and colourful past. Once the centre of Australia's greatest gold rush, Coolgardie is now the nation's best preserved gold mining town. Coolgardie has carefully preserved the best of its past. Its wide streets are lined by grand stone and brick buildings mixed with corrugated iron and timber homes reflecting both the wealth and importance of the gold rush.

Coorow Visitor And Administration Centre

Coorow is well know for its Wildflower Season. The best time to visit would be middle Winter to early Summer.

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The Shire of Coorow consists of several town-sites including Leeman and Green Head, Coastal Town-sites.

Coorow is about 270kms north of Perth approximately 2.5/3hr drive. It's a farming town, home to 250 people. Coorow is well know for its Wildflower Season. The best time to visit would be middle Winter to early Summer.

Leeman is about 300kms from Perth approximately 3/3.5hr drive. Leeman is a small coastal town and is well known for its crayfishing and deep sea fishing.

Green Head is about 290kms from Perth approximately 3 hour drive.  Its well know as a small coastal town only 15kms south of Leeman and offers pristine beaches and a very relaxed holiday atmosphere.

Denmark Visitor Centre

Denmark is a charming town, located on the banks of the beautiful Denmark River.

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Denmark is a charming town, located on the banks of the beautiful Denmark River. With its rugged coastline and towering forests, Denmark offers visitors unforgettable scenery, quality wineries and plenty of activities. The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk in the tingle forest near Denmark is a must. The picturesque and serene beauty of Denmark is a draw-card and inspiration for many artists who reside in the area. Browse through galleries of furniture, pottery, glass, sculptures, paintings and even jigsaws. The standard of fresh gourmet food and quality wine offered here is exceptional, with the surrounding wineries producing superb semillon sauvignon blanc and bold shiraz. Denmark's highly acclaimed wines have distinct characteristics and most can be tasted at the cellar door. The natural sweeping vistas and remote landscapes around Denmark make it a favourite getaway for those seeking a romantic interlude or a chance to appreciate nature. There are so many options when it comes to finding a place to stay in Denmark, with everything from luxurious retreats to budget style accommodation.
Denmark, Western Australia...so much more than just a weekend.
 

Derby Visitor and Information Centre

Beyond the boab trees of Derby, the pioneer town of the Kimberley, you'll discover adventures on land and sea.

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Beyond the boab trees of Derby, the pioneer town of the Kimberley, you'll discover adventures on land and sea. The country around Derby is rich with them, but there are other riches to discover beyond the boabs, where the giant northern tides rush in to meet outback adventure. Explore the Gibb River Road, the awesome Horizontal Waterfall and the Buccaneer Archipelago or explore the rich history of the "oldest" town in the Kimberley.
 

The Derby Visitor Centre can tell you all there is to know about Derby including 'things to see and do' tours to experience, explore the history or just sit back and relax.  The Derby Visitor Centre offers a free booking service for all tours and accommodation, both in Derby and the rest of Australia's Northwest. Check with the Derby Visitor Centre for direct flight bookings Derby (Curtin) to Perth or Virgin Blue Flights.
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Donnybrook Visitor And Information Centre

Known as the Apple Capital of the South West, Donnybrook now sheds its former peel, to reveal its hidden depths of taste, texture & visual splendours.

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Known as the Apple Capital of the South West, Donnybrook now sheds its former peel, to reveal its hidden depths of taste, texture & visual splendours.

From humble beginnings as a small goldfield, to the colossal growth of the apple & fruit industry, Donnybrook shows its magnificent aptitude to retain its harmonious community yet demonstrates great diversity in its growth & development.

Set in a backdrop of seasonal displays such as spring blossoms that promise hidden depths, splendid displays of wildflowers, lush native forests & extraordinary autumn overtures, Donnybrook hosts a smorgasbord of flavours & offers them all on a silver platter.

A sneak preview at the culinary delights offered would include farm fresh marron, organic beef, rich olive oil, local fruit & vegetable produce, nuts and the sweet taste of sun dried fruits, be they coated in chocolate or au naturel. Liquid refreshments would range from wines that tantalise even the most discerning wine connoisseurs to crisp, refreshing ciders & cool, revitalising apple juice.

As Donnybrook is the "Heart of the South West" this makes it the perfect base from where the intrepid explorer can centralise their travels. From secretive & secluded retreats to cosy, B & B's infused with cottage charm; Donnybrook has a large range of accommodation to welcome many a weary traveller.

With thanks to the "Anonymous" community benefactor & the great hearts of numerous volunteers, Donnybrook can now also boast about having the "Biggest Free Entry Fun Park" in all of Australia. This fun park caters to the young & young at heart; from the smallest feet to those whose boots we all strive to fit one day.

Experience the opportunity to pick your own tree ripen fruit in season, delve into the history & tales of the goldfields, meander along the picturesque path of the Preston River.

Escape into serenity. Explore. Taste. Enjoy. Spoil yourself. Exploit your senses & feel very much invited.
 

Dunsborough Visitors Centre

A two hour drive south of Perth, lies the sheltered shores of Geographe Bay. Voted as one on the top 10 places in the world by Lonely Planet, the region is famed for its breathtaking natural beauty. Dunsborough Visitor’s Centre is a one stop shop for planning and booking your holiday to this region.

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Dunsborough Visitors Centre
For accommodation, tours and transport bookings and friendly local advice on the best things to see and do in the region, Dunsborough Visitors Centre provides a one stop shop. The Centre offers:

  • An efficient booking service
  • Award winning Visitor Guide and Map
  • An impressive showcase of local products and souvenirs.

Staff
The Centre is staffed by professionally trained staff who provide local, on ground support for planning holidays. Staff provide tailored assistance and have up to date product knowledge. A visit to Dunsborough Visitors Centre takes the hassle out of travel planning. All aspects of a holiday are catered for from booking accommodation and tours to recommending new restaurants or attractions.

Free Travel Guide and Map
A free travel guide and map is available from the Visitor Centre. This publication won gold at the 2010 Tourism Awards and is important in assisting visitors to navigate their way around the region and to make the most of their holiday to the region.

Group Bookings
The Visitor Centre staff can assist with group bookings, particularly for weddings, conferences and other events where there are a range of logistical factors that need to be considered.

Website www.geographebay.com
For those who can’t get to the Visitor Centre, the website offers services including an itinerary planner, interactive mapping, instantly confirmed accommodation and tour bookings (with some great last minute specials and hot deals on offer) as well as a comprehensive business directory of local businesses.

The Facilities
The Visitors Centre offers modern and comfortable facilities including free local newspapers, and other community information via a public noticeboard, free internet access to geographebay.com and an enticing retail section promoting local products and artworks. In addition, the Visitor Centres offers public toilets and telephones and has disabled access.

Esperance Visitor Centre

Sweeping ocean vistas, pristine beaches, a rugged but accessible archipelago, wetlands of international importance and a rich tapestry of flora and fauna… Come and see us in Beautiful Esperance!

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The friendly and knowledgeable staff at the Visitor Centre can help you with all of your holiday requirements: accommodation, local tours, cruise bookings, bus bookings, W.A.National Parks Passes, maps and great souvenirs. After visiting our friendly visitor centre staff , take a walk along our heritage trail and enjoy learning about the history of Esperance culminating at the Esperance Museum.

Visit our website to help you plan a perfect stay, or call us toll free on 1300 664 455 for information and bookings.

Exmouth Visitor Centre

The Exmouth Visitor Centre in the Ningaloo region of WA offers accommodation, tours and information for visitors to Exmouth and Coral Bay.

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The Exmouth Visitor Centre is your tour and accommodation booking hub for the Ningaloo region. Representing over 50 tour and accommodation providers in Exmouth and Coral Bay, the Exmouth Visitor Centre has everything you need for your Ningaloo holiday.

Visit us online at: www.visitningaloo.com.au, call us on: (08) 9949 1176 or drop in to our visitor centre on Murat Road, Exmouth for the very best local advice, prices and information that will make your visit to the extraordinary Ningaloo truly unforgettable.

Ferguson Valley Visitor Centre

Discover the Ferguson Valley, just 90 minutes from Perth. Discover award winning wines, micro-breweries, gourmet foods, local arts and our heritage, and go bush walking and mountain biking.

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Here are the top experiences in the Ferguson Valley and the Shire of Dardanup:

Visit Gnomesville:

In a leafy glade, among rolling, green hills in the upper Ferguson Valley is the quirkiest free attraction in Australia—Gnomesville. From humble beginnings 14 years ago with just a single gnome placed by the roadside by a local resident to watch over new roadworks has developed a whole village of some 3000 garden gnomes of all shapes, sizes and characters. Placed there by locals and visitors from all over the world, the gnomes are said to bring good luck to those who leave one there; while those who damage or hurt them are liable to have bad luck follow them. The resident gnomes have some wry names, too— Greg Gnoman, Gnome on the Range, Astrognome, Gnome Alone, Gnome-de-Plume, Gnoman Empire Soldier and so on. Gnomesville is an ‘open’ attraction, no admission fees.

Taste Wine, Beer and Food

Ferguson Valley — part of the Geographe Wine Region — is an emerging wine producing area with a number of cellar door tastings on offer. Virtually all the producers are small, family affairs, making small quantities of hand-crafted wines. Two micro-breweries add variety to the experience, offering boutique beers brewed on site as well as light meals. Local gourmet produce also includes cheeses from local cows, home baked cakes and lavender products. Several country-style restaurants and cafes are dotted through the area.

Discover Ferguson Valley art:

The Ferguson Valley is well known for the creative and industrious people who make beautiful artworks for display and sale at galleries, shops and markets scattered throughout the area. The annual Dardanup Art Spectacular every May is both a competitive art show for local people as well as a multi-venue exhibition.

Enjoy a country event:

Spend a day in the valley with wines, local produce, delicacies and live music. There are several free and ticketed events happening throughout the year. Best known is the annual one-day Bull and Barrel Festival each October in Dardanup, celebrating the area’s dairying and wine-making industries, which attracts more than 10,000 people. The 2011 festival theme will be “It’s a Small World”. A highlight of the festival is the night-time “burning of the bull” fire sculpture.

Acquaint yourself with nature:

Experience the best of nature in the Ferguson Valley’s national parks, forests and riversides. Mt Lennard Mountain Bike area has about 40 kilometres of trails of varying difficulties for mountain bikers of all abilities. Wellington Discovery Forest offers an educational experience in the jarrah forest  with self-guided walks along forest trails. Crooked Brook Forest has four designated walk trails and the opportunity to see western brush wallaby, Gould’s monitor, grey fantails and the rare red-tailed black cockatoo. One of the trails is suitable for wheelchairs. Bring your canoe or kayak and paddle along with the birdlife lining the Collie River, or go whitewater rafting (in season) on the lower Collie River valley. Wellington Dam has picnic sites and is popular in late winter when the dam overflows.

A peaceful rest

Nestled amongst vineyards, overlooking rivers, creeks and lakes, perched on hilltops, are an array of cabins, chalets, bed-and-breakfasts, resorts, cottages and caravan parks. Set in harmonious surroundings, they offer privacy in peaceful locations. From budget to unforgettable, you'll find the perfect combination of country hospitality and service to suit your expectations.

Canoe the Collie River

With great access to a wide variety of water activities, Eaton is the waterside gateway to the Ferguson Valley. Bring your canoe or kayak and paddle along with the birdlife lining the Collie River in the salt marsh vegetation. Pelicans, kingfishers and ducks frequent the area as well as bottlenose dolphins. Boating and fishing is also popular along the Collie River on Eaton Foreshore.

Picturesque picnics

Head outdoors with your picnic basket to areas in the scenic Wellington Dam area. BBQ and picnic facilities can be found at the dam, Honeymoon Pool and Potters Gorge. Other picnic areas include Crooked Brook Forest, along the Eaton Foreshore, Gnomesville, and some of the local wineries.

Roam the food trail

Explore the local gourmet produce such as cheeses, home baked cakes and delicacies, or enjoy a light lunch at one of the wonderful venues set among the rolling green pastures. Pick up farm-fresh produce and other food goodies at the weekly Sunday morning farmers’ market at Eaton.

Step back in time:

Follow the heritage trail around Dardanup to unveil a collection of historic buildings that relate the history of Dardanup and surrounds.

Shopping aplenty:

For all your shopping needs and business requirements, head to the Eaton shopping area and adjacent business park.

Fitzgerald Coast Visitor Centre

Visitor Information, Maps, Postcards, Gifts, Local Art & Crafts, Park Passes

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Fitzgerald Coast Visitor Centre provides a  comprehensive range of literature and information for the local region  Ravensthorpe to Hopetoun and surrounding areas Esperance to Albany and beyond.

A wonderful array of gifts, local art, crafts and produce together with a range of books, maps, greeting cards,  postcards and Park Passes are available at the centre.

A friendly group of Volunteers and Co-ordinators are available to assist you with your visit to our region.

Opening hours Monday - Friday 09.30am - 04.30pm

Geraldton Visitor Centre

Take advantage of our accommodation, tour and scenic flight booking service. Friendly staff with expert local knowledge offering information on all there is to do and see in Geraldton, Greenough and Mullewa, including seasonal wildflowers, the Abrolhos Islands, historical and cultural attractions. Wide range of quality giftware, souvenirs, local products and maps.

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Geraldton – Take a fresh look

Geraldton is a growing regional city, overlooking the Indian Ocean and supporting an expanding population of 37,000 people. The regional hub of the Mid West, Geraldton looks out to pristine coastline with the mysterious Abrolhos Islands beckoning beyond. With rolling hills to the east and the Chapman and Greenough Rivers framing the city, Geraldton will provide you with truly memorable holiday experiences.

We challenge you to take a fresh look at Geraldton and experience wildflower country, enjoy a growing regional city, be blown away, explore a region rich in history, taste a fresh flavour every day, celebrate culture and custom, discover a scenic outlook, bask in a classic Mediterranean climate and find a great place to drop anchor.

If you want a holiday with city excitement, it’s here. A relaxed country experience? It’s here too. And a beach holiday? Well, you’ve certainly come to the right place. Geraldton’s incredible location lends itself to a host of holiday activities, especially water sports. Windsurfing kitesurfing, surfing, fishing, diving and swimming are popular choices for the energetic.

While those looking to relax will love lazing on Geraldton’s white sandy beaches, strolling its shorelines or wading in the turquoise shallows. After your day at the beach, you’ll love all the city attractions. Shopping, cinemas, theatre, restaurants, character pubs and nightlife. Art and culture enthusiasts will adore the range of galleries showcasing local talent and Indigenous art.

You’ll also revel in the Western Australian Museum Geraldton – a state of the art facility showcasing the region’s rich maritime, natural and cultural histories. A hill top memorial to the lost sailors of the HMAS Sydney II will tap at the core of your emotions. This stunning memorial overlooks the city and harbour and has people from across the country talking about its beautiful and moving design.

So, if it’s been a while since you’ve visited Geraldton, it’s time to take a fresh look. With an extensive range of accommodation to suit any budget, regular flights and bus services from Perth, everyone can visit Geraldton.

10 THINGS YOU MUST DO IN GERALDTON-GREENOUGH

1. Watch the sun rise or set from the stunning HMAS Sydney II Memorial and sit with the waiting lady as she watches out to sea for the return of her loved ones. Visitors always remark this is a moving and emotional experience.

10.30am Daily guided tour by Geraldton Voluntary Tour Guides.

Meet on site. Tour runs for 20 minutes.

Donations appreciated.

2. Explore Geraldton’s beautiful foreshore development. Enjoy a bbq at the beach and the free Water Playground.

3. Light a candle at St Francis Xavier Cathedral whilst taking in a tour and marvel at the genius of priest/architect Monsignor John Hawes.

4. Learn the full story of the tragedy and heroism of the Batavia wreck at the Western Australian Museum Geraldton and sail the Batavia long-boat replica which took Commander Pelseart from the Abrolhos Islands to Jakarta, an unbelievable feat of seamanship.

5. Whatever you do – don’t miss a fly-over or a day trip to the Abrolhos Islands. The coral diving and local sea lions will amaze and delight, or take the time to join a 2-3 day boat charter to fully explore this pristine paradise.

6. Take the short drive to the Central Greenough Historic Settlement and check out all the area has to offer: Greenough Pioneer museum, Greenough Wildlife and Bird Park, Bentwood Olive Grove, the famous Leaning Trees and lots more.

7. Follow the Monsignor Hawes Heritage Trail or glimpse the rare wreath flower during wildflower season at Mullewa.

8. Browse the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery and reap bargains at the weekend Farmers Markets.

9. Revisit olden-way days at the reputedly haunted Oakabella Homestead.

10. Silently descend to the South Tomi wreck site in Champion Bay.

Geraldton Visitor Centre friendly and professional staff can help you plan your holiday by suggesting options based on your budget, interests and length of stay in the region.

Contact the Geraldton Visitor Centre for more information or to make a booking on 08 9921 3999 or go online at www.geraldtontourist.com.au. You can also email enquires to [email protected] Stay informed by joining us on Facebook www.facebook.com/geraldtontakeafreshlook

Open 7 days Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm
Weekends & Public Holidays 10am – 4pm
Closed Christmas Day

Geraldton Visitor Centre
Bill Sewell Complex, Cnr Chapman Road & Bayly Street
Free call: 1800 818 881
Tel: (08) 9921 3999
Fax: (08) 9964 2445
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.geraldtontourist.com.au

Kalbarri Visitor Centre

Kalbarri is WA's most diverse resort town, located where the rugged outback meets the Indian Ocean, an easy 591 kilometer drive north of Perth.

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Kalbarri

The towering gorges in Kalbarri make for a picturesque and gripping experience. You’ll see the Z-Bend Gorge from a different perspective as you abseil down the 460 million-year-old Tumblagooda sandstone walls. There’s the 20m Aviary wall, and if you’re ready to push your limits try the 35m Overhang. You don’t need to leave the kids at home; courageous youngsters (6 years and over) often outshine the older adventurers. Kalbarri Abseil take half day tours to the gorges – for more details, check their website www.abseilaustralia.com.au.

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