By Meg Watson
Depending on the last time you ventured north (and no, I’m not talking Yanchep), you may be surprised about the quality of accommodation offered by WA’s regional towns. Geraldton – in particular, has waved goodbye to the days of the oh-so-retro motels that haven’t changed a drape since 1960, and said hello to high-rise hotels and beachside chalets.
Check out our top 5 recommendations for the next time you head to the windy city:
Perfect for: a stylish getaway in the centre of town
Aptly named, The Gerald Apartment Hotel is what the cozy town 450km north of Perth has been missing. City folk will feel right at home with the modern design, trendy rooms and rooftop bar that’s been the talk of the town since its 2018 opening. With 4.5 stars and the title of WA’s best regional hotel hanging on its walls, The Gerald is the place to be if you want that feeling of luxury, in the middle of the country.
Perfect for: family fun
Situated a bit further out of town, the Big4 Sunset Beach Holiday Park is the perfect place for families and campers who love the ease of being a minute walk from the ocean. Complete with family cabins, beachside chalets and endless areas of grass to camp (or glamp), all at an affordable price – it really does cater for every kind of traveller. And yes, before you ask, Sunset Beach DOES have a jumping pillow.
Perfect for: beachside comfort
If a beachside getaway is what you’re after in Geraldton, then look no further than the locally owned and operated Ocean Centre Hotel. This iconic hotel is in absolute prime location and boasts some of the best views in town. Featuring clean rooms, uninterrupted natural light and the refreshing Sirocco Bar, the OCH should be on any travellers list.
Perfect for: a rustic experience
If “stay in a rural homestead, right in the centre of town” is on your bucket list, then grab a pen because you’ve just hit the jackpot. Located on Geraldton’s first main street, the Weelaway on Gregory is a charming, well-kept reminder of the history of the town, penned by guests as a “sanctuary” and a “house too hard to leave”. With just four rooms and a cottage on offer, get in quick or prepare to miss out.
Perfect for: a local feeling
Yes, the rumours are true – AirBnb IS a thing in country towns. And with hundreds of listings ranging from beachfront mansions to trendy granny flats (fairy lights, anyone?), you’ll be sure to find the perfect getaway accommodation if the four above didn’t tickle your fancy. With affordable rates, listings all over town and recommendation from hosts that’ll have you living like a local – AirBnb is a great choice for a “choose your own destiny” kind of trip.
With your Geraldton accommodation sorted, the only thing to think about is what to do! For some serious activity inspo visit our blog Must-Trys in the Mid West here! Remember to tag @theperthtourist #theperthtourist in your WA Holiday adventures for your chance to be featured on our Instagram!