Geraldton

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Just over 400 kilometres away from Perth, Geraldton, Australia is a port located in the Mid West region of Australia. The port is important to the area’s fishing, mining and tourism industries.

Geraldton was first passed over by George Grey on April 7, 1839, but he did not lay claim to the land. 10 years later, the explorer Augustus Gregory discovered lead near the Murchison River. He established a mine that he named Geraldine. The port was soon to follow and Geraldton came to be in 1850. It was named after then governor Charles Fitzgerald.

The port has a booming tourism industry that is based around several focal points in the area. The Moore Point Lighthouse is a popular attraction and history buffs enjoy viewing the memorial that is in place for the World War II cruiser HMAS Sydney. The memorial recognizes the 645 men that lost their lives in November 1941. Besides being rich in history, the port itself is beautiful. Breathtaking, scenic beaches are popular among both tourists and locals and surfing is done often at beaches such as Flat Rocks and Sunset Beach. Horse racing brings in gambling and horse enthusiasts each year as Geraldton hosts the Geraldton Gold Cup.

The port is not only for tourism. Students are also present in the area as they attend Geraldton University Centre. The centre hosts courses on behalf of a variety of other universities. The distance learning centre is independent and not-for-profit.

Geraldton has its own public transportation system and connects to the larger city of Perth via trains and aircraft.