Geraldton is the Coral Coasts “only city” with about 40,000 people.
In the city you feel that there is lots of money with large houses for everyone, fantastic museums and the best playgrounds we know.
The money comes from the crayfishes, that are exported to Asia, generating a revenue of 400 million dollars a year. There is also great income from mining, farming and pearl fishing.
Tourism is not top priority, at least if you look at the accommodation. We looked at about 5 different places, that were so rotten, that I refused to stay… Why? Because I hate filthy carpets, dirty bathrooms, rusty fridges and half broken matresses…Instead we checked into the Broadwater Mariner resort, which offers pure luxury – it was worth the extra 30 dollars.
The Western Australia Museum in Geraldton offers a great experience with interactive displays, videos, real animals like kangaroos, fishes etc. to look at.
It also offers some shocking insights into the aboriginal history of the “stolen generation”.
Between 1910 and 1970 up to 100,000 Aboriginal children were taken forcibly or under duress from their families. The kids were brought into camps, where they had to give up their language and culture. The white people wanted them to work for them on farms or in the house.
Many white people supported the program – believing they did something good… Watch the true story movie “Rabbit proof fence” about Molly, the aboriginal girl, who tells her life – an amazing story with stunning actress Sampi.
Geraldton is a growing town that offers everything for Gerry – Gerald:
great surfing spots and kiting on flat bays or rolling waves.
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