White Sand Beaches & Emerald Seas
The Batavia coast of Western Australia has miles of white sand beaches, emerald seas, and some lovely small towns, one of which is Geraldton. “Gero” to the locals, is blessed with sun and consistent winds, and has become Australia’s wind surfing capital. And kite surfing capital. And not bad for surf surfing either, with miles of famous reef breaks.
You can take an eco-cruise of the Abrolhos Islands, a beautiful archipelago that is home to 90 species of seabirds. Watch the sea lions play and feed the huge Sampson fish by hand. Or jump in with them and snorkel around the wreck of the Batavia—the treacherous reef-surrounded atolls have claimed many like her.
As for things to do on land, most of those have to do with the ocean as well. The HMAS Sydney II Memorial and the ship’s story at the Western Australian Museum are haunting. Then check out the red and white striped Point Moore Lighthouse and the nearby Keeper’s cottage, which houses a charming historical collection of life in a lighthouse. End the day with a tour of the Byzantine St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, one of (architect and priest) Monsignor Hawes’ greatest masterpieces.