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About War Years Drive Trail, Geraldton to Mullewa
Geraldton has had a long association with the military and war, beginning as early as 1629 when a brave group of soldiers rose against the mutineers of the shipwrecked Batavia.
“Geraldtonians” have continued to serve their country in the various theatres of war. However, it was World War II that brought long-lasting change to the City and surrounding district. When Australia joined WW II, sections of Geraldton and a large portion of the countryside were commandeered for war purposes. At this time Geraldton only had a resident population of 5000, but a large military personnel contingent rapidly became established in the region.
The sinking of HMAS Sydney II off Shark Bay in November 1941 came as a huge shock for the entire country and today a Military Memorial of National Significance commemorates the memory of the 645 men who lost their lives during the engagement with HSK Kormoran off the WA coast.
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Time / Duration
What To Pack
Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.
What To Pack
Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities)
- Full large water bottle per person.
- Sun hat or bike helmet (compulsory in WA).
- Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+) and insect repellant.
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions (See suggestions below).
- Binoculars and camera (optional).
FacilitiesWheelchair access may be limited at some stops due to rough terrain.
Outside of Geraldton, there are rest facilities and toilets at Greenough, Ellendale Pool, Walkaway and Mullewa.
- BBQ Facilities
- Car Park
- All accessible parking
- Picnic Area
- Public Telephone
- Public Toilet
- Shaded Area
- Sheltered Area
- View Platform
- Visitor Information Centre
Best time of year
April - October
Fees for camping at Ellendale Pool.
Air, road or bus to Geraldton
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Geraldton War Memorial, Birdwood House, Geraldton
HMAS Sydney II Memorial, Geraldton
The Esplanade, southern end of the Geraldton Foreshore
Interior of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Geraldton
Geraldton Regional Art Gallery (former Town Hall)
Bluff Point Lighthouse Keepers Cottage
Greenough Museum and Gardens
Walkaway Station Museum
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Mullewa
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