Geraldton, situated 428 km's North of the Western Australian capital of Perth, has a population of around 35 000 and boasts some of the best windsurfing and kiteboarding conditions in the world. Although officially known as " Sun City " most of the locals refer to Geraldton as " The Windy City ". The windy season is traditionally from October through to March/April with predominantly Southerly sea breezes of up to 40 knots. Daily temperatures range from 25 to 35 Celsius and water temperature varies between 19 and 22.
As a large regional city and the main commercial hub of the Midwest region, Geraldton boasts plenty of excellent restaurants and cafe's, offering a range of cuisines including Thai, Italian, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, A La Carte and Mediterranean. As Geraldton is also a large commercial fishing region, you will also find specialty seafood restaurants with the freshest fish and seafood on their menus.
BY AIR: Skywest Airlines regular daily flights to and from Geraldton. The flight takes approximately one hour and one way fares range from A$100 to A$210 depending on flight dates and availability. Bookings can be made through their respective website www.skywest.com.au or through your travel agent.
BY BUS: There are two bus services with regular daily services to Geraldton. They are Greyhound-Pioneer and Transwest Coach Services. The trip takes approximately 6 hours and bus tickets range from A$28 to $47 per person. Bookings for bus tickets can be made through their websites www.greyhound.com.au and www.transwestcoach.com.au.
BY CAR: Travelling to Geraldton by car takes approximately 5 hours. By driving it is possible to check out some of the other sailing spots between Perth and Geraldton such as Lancelin, Cervantes, Jurien Bay, Green Head, Leeman and Dongara.
If you are staying for a longer period and are considering purchasing a car there are several car auctions yards in Perth or you might want to check out any of the Backpackers where people leaving Perth often have notices advertising their cars for sale. In Geraldton there are also several car yards offering second hand cars for sale. Geraldton Auto Wholesalers offers good deals on second hand cars.