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The Kennedy Ranges
Some 161km east of Carnarvon and running north from Gasgoyne junction. The ranges 195km long an up to 30km wide, are remnants of an old erosion surface which slopes very quickly to the west. They are known for their semi precious gemstones petrified wood and fossils.

Erosion on the eastern side has formed spectacular cliffs. A tourist road leads to a picnic site by these cliffs. The southern and eastern edges of the range are dissected by a maze of steep sided canyons whose permanent springs create running streams which support an abundance of wildlife.

Discovered in 1911, the Blowholes, are located some 70km north of Carnarvon. The route is via the North West Coastal Highway, or via Bibbawura Bore tracks. Powerful jets of water are forced up with enormous pressure through the holes in the rock sometimes to a height of 20m.One km south of the Blowholes lies a small reef adjacent to the island which contains tropical fish and shells. Oysters can be prised from the rocks in the area.

Shark Bay Shell and Craft Museum
An international standard museum, displaying many gemstones, rocks, Aboriginal artefacts and other items of historical interest. A replica of the Dutch ship "Zuytdorp" wrecked off the coast in 1712 can be viewed. The first recorded white man to set foot on Australian soil was Dirk Hartog in 1616. A replica of the pewter plate he left at Cape Inscription can also be viewed.

Nanga Station and Caravan Park
50km from Denham, built over 30 years ago from shell blocks cut from a nearby quarry. The half million acre sheep station also has a bottle shop license and restaurant. Visitors are catered for, with camping facilities, car parks, motel units and chalets. Nanga Wildlife Park offers a glimpse of Australia's native fauna including kangaroos, dingos, emus and even crocodiles. Station Tours are available and catamarans, sailboards and dinghies can be hired on the beach.

Red Bluff
Follow the main road south of Kalbarri for 4km. Red Bluff is a good spot to swim, fish, and, for the more adventurous, go surfing. Go exploring among the formations believed to be four hundred million years old. Natural Bridge, Castle Cave, Grandstand Rocks, Shell House, Red Bluff, Mushroom Gorge, Rainbow Valley and Pot Alley Gorge can also be reached by conventional vehicles.

Erupting Mud
In the Moresby Ranges on Howatharra Nanson Road. An unusual natural phenomenon -a growing mud pile by the side of the road.

Old Railway Station
Built to serve the Geraldton to Northampton railway in 1879, this was the first government railway building in Western Australia. Located at the East end of Mary Street, Northampton.

Chiverton House Museum
Located on the North West Coastal Highway, Northampton. Chiverton House was built in the 1880s as a home for Captain Samuel Mitchell. An extensive display of local history that is one of the finest collections in Western Australia.

The Geraldton Heritage Trail
A 30km driving tour of both the natural and cultural heritage of Geraldton. Thirty points of interest are included.

The Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage
Built in 1870, it was the original lighthouse for the port and now serves as the headquarters of the Geraldton Historical Society. It is located an Chapman Road and open Thursday only.

Geraldton Maritime Museum
On Marine Terrace, the Geraldton Museum houses the relics of ships wrecked on the Geraldton coastline and the Abrolhos Islands, including the Batavia (1629), Zuytdorp (1712) and the Zeewyck (1727).

Geraldton Region Museum
Situated on Marine Terrace the museum exhibits natural and cultural displays and is open daily.

Greenough Hamlet
The Hamlet comprises of eleven of the original buildings which the National Trust has restored and maintained. A walk through history on a conducted tour of the building is recommended.

Greenough Pioneer Museum
Situated in a 120 year old family farm house, the museum displays one of the best folk collections in the State. It is run by the Geraldton Historical Society, and tours are available daily except Friday

The Hampton Arms
In 1863 the then Governor Hampton attended the opening in the hotel being named after him. After years as the social centre of the district it became first a farmhouse and then a private residence. Today, it reflects its former glory as a privately owned hotel. Facilities include accommodation , restaurant and bar.

Abandoned Mining Settlements
In the early 1900s, prospectors established many small towns around Sandstone including Youatlmi, Paynesville, Berrigrin, Barrambje and Montague. Today, Sandstone is surrounded by these abandoned settlements where prospecting for alluvial gold or hunting for relics is a popular pastime.

Courthouse Museum
Located in Gibbons Street behind the Telecom building. An excellent collection with many exhibits of the past 80 years. These include original documents, harnesses; photographs, domestic items and Aboriginal weapons. Key available from the Yalgoo Shire Office.

Wildflower Rest Area
Located at the entrance to the township of Three Springs is the information bay, and a heritage path guiding you through a living display of wildflowers from the surrounding area.

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