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Old Victoria Hospital Heritage Trail

Urban Walk

Cycle, 2WD
inCoral Coast

  • Less than 1 hour
  • 0.7 km

The Victoria Hospital Heritage Trail is a path back through time which explores the many different uses of this precinct over the years.  Learn about the history of the penal and medical system in the old Victoria District, from colonial times to the modern day.

The trail header sign provides an interesting overview of the site.
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Trail Start

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Geraldton Heritage Precinct, Ngurra Barlunggu, Corner Chapman Road and Bayly Street, Geraldton

Learn more about the fascinating history of the Old Gaol by taking a tour. Check out the Handicrafts for sale and the informative displays, including gemstones.

In 1857, British convict
transportees built the Convict Depot. It played an important role in serving as a hiring station, from which settlers could hire convicts as workers.

The challenge of nurturing nursing
as a profession in Geraldton
has a strong history dating back to the construction of the Victoria Hospital
in 1887 along the design principles championed by Florence Nightingale.

The first hospital was attached
to the Old Gaol and convict

In 1908, a private maternity hospital was built as a separate wing to the main Victoria Hospital.
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With many of the original buildings still standing, this site has has a unique history, evolving from a convict depot originally built in 1857, to a long serving gaol and hospital site.  This trail includes the opportunity to enjoy memorabilia displays at the old Victoria Hospital, along with arts and craft sales at the Old Gaol.  Weekend Markets are also held regularly at this site.

In 2021 the site became known as the Geraldton Heritage Precinct - Ngurra Barlunggu and is managed by the National Trust of Australia (WA).

Geraldton Visitor Centre

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Time / Duration

Up to 1 hour


700 metres around perimeter of complex

What To Pack

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

Trail Start

Geraldton Heritage Precinct, Ngurra Barlunggu, Corner Chapman Road and Bayly Street, Geraldton

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Trail End

Geraldton Heritage Precinct, Ngurra Barlunggu, Corner Chapman Road and Bayly Street, Geraldton


Wheelchair access may be limited due irregularity of path.
  • Access with assistance for the Disabled
  • Bicycle Path
  • Car Park
  • Child Activities
  • Coach Parking
  • Dog Friendly
  • Guide
  • Interpretive Centre
  • Parking for Disabled
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area

Best time of year

Enjoyable throughout the year



Trail Access

Air, road or bus to Geraldton

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