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Bluff Point Heritage Trail

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  • Less than 1 hour
  • 2 km

This easy 2 km loop trail includes some sections not suitable for wheel chairs (section from carpark to lighthouse monument). Impressive views across Champion Bay can be enjoyed, along with a family friendly picnic site at St George’s Beach. Follow the circle markers along this trail.

The trail starts at St George's Beach, off Kempton Street, Bluff Point.
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Trail Start

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The trail starts in Rundle Park at St Georges Beach off Kempton St. Geraldton, 420km north of Perth.

Trail End

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The Trail ends at the Lighthouse Monument off Kempton St. Geraldton, 420km north of Perth.

A few weeks after the World War Two bombing of Broome by the Japanese, three United States Navy Catalina flying boats – aircraft capable
of landing on water – were based at
Geraldton to patrol for enemy shipping. (Image P 1146 - American Navy and Air Force personnel in Geraldton during WWII, 1941. Courtesy S. Gratte).

The railway connected in with the existing rail line to Northampton here at the Bluff Point Junction. (Image P 5014 - Stockpile of sleepers on the Geraldton Foreshore for the Geraldton-Northampton railway line, c1876. Courtesy S. Douglas).

Like many of the small communities dotted around the outskirts of Geraldton, Bluff Point had its
own school built in 1913. (Image - Two classrooms at Bluff Point Primary, one from the Mines Department and one from Protheroe, 1954. Courtesy GRL).

Bluff Point Lighthouse Keepers Cottage - This building was originally
constructed in 1876 as the upper lead light marking the channel into the port of Geraldton. Since 1972 the Cottage has been home to the Geraldton Historical Society. It houses a historic photographic
collection, maps, research library and displays. For information on opening hours, contact the Geraldton Visitor Centre. (Image P 10905 - Lighthouse Keepers Cottage, c1980s. Courtesy GRL).

St George’s Anglican Church is a simple and romantic village church modelled along lines of an old
English church.The foundation stone was laid in 1935 and the church
consecrated the same year. (Image P 1157 - St George's Church, c1960s. Courtesy B. Sherwood).

Geraldton’s Mediterranean climate – mostly sunny and warm plus a bit of rain in winter – enabled tomatoes and other vegetables to be grown on a commercial scale here. There were also dairies established near Bluff Point. Fresh milk was taken to town
by horse and cart and ladled
out of vats to customers. (Image P 1185 - Tomato workers, c1930. Courtesy K. Allen).

On 10th August 1895 a large sailing ship, the 2,121–tonne four-masted iron barque ‘Mayhill’ with a cargo of railway line from England approached
Champion Bay on a stormy night.
The Mayhill was wrecked at Point Moore Reef and only 100 tons of rails it was carrying for the new line from Mullewa to Cue was salvaged before the ship broke up.(Image P 320 - Wreck of the Mayhill, 10 August 1895. Courtesy N. Thompson).bluff
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The Bluff Point Heritage Trail takes you on a journey through the historical significance of this area.  Learn about its importance to local Aboriginal people as a fishing and midden site.  Take in stories about "the Bluff Light" with a stop which includes the Bluff Point Lighthouse Keepers Museum.  Bluff Point also once served as the junction of the old Geraldton to Northampton and Walkaway railways, as well as a strategic location during World War II.   Impressive views across Champion Bay can be enjoyed, along with a family friendly picnic site at St George's Beach. A nearby cycle/walk path takes you along the Beresford Foreshore to further park and other facilities.

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Time / Duration

Up to 1 hour

Length

2km

What To Pack

Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.

Trail Start

The trail starts in Rundle Park at St Georges Beach off Kempton St. Geraldton, 420km north of Perth.

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Trail End

The Trail ends at the Lighthouse Monument off Kempton St. Geraldton, 420km north of Perth.

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Difficulty Notes

Trail is not wheelchair accessible from carpark to lighthouse monument due to heavy sand.

Facilities

  • Access with assistance for the Disabled
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Bicycle Path
  • Car Park
  • Child Activities
  • Dog Friendly
  • Parking for Disabled
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
  • Toilet Facilities for Disabled

Best time of year

Enjoyable throughout the year

Fees

Free

Trail Access

Air, road or bus to Geraldton

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