Catering to the region’s thriving tourism and mining industries, Geraldton offers a good variety of dining experiences.
Seafood is a shining star of local cuisine. Flanked by the waters of the Coral Coast, Geraldton is an ideal destination to indulge in rock lobster, crab and fish varieties like snapper, cod and coral trout. Almost every menu in the city features local seafood – with dishes ranging from humble fish and chips to award-winning modern Australian fusion plates.
Lively drinking spots are integral to Geraldton’s dining scene. Pubs and taverns swell with locals and visitors, and offer atmospheric settings in which to enjoy simple yet delicious counter meals and cafe-style dishes.
The city is also home to a number of dining choices from a range of cultural backgrounds, including Chinese, Thai, Indian and Italian – all of which offer eat in and take away services.
Uncover the true essence of Geraldton’s food scene at the Geraldton-Greenough Farmers Markets. Every Saturday local and Mid-West growers fill Maitland Park with stalls, and sell their produce – such as cheese, olive oil, fruit, vegetables, wine, honey, meat and fish – direct to shoppers.
Most of Geraldton’s retail activity is focused downtown. Marine Terrace, Foreshore Drive, Lester Avenue and Chapman Road are particularly well regarded for their shopping opportunities, boasting everything from sports merchandisers to art galleries, and jewellers to book stores.
Downtown is also home to Geraldton’s largest shopping malls, Northgate Shopping Centre and Stirling Centro. Located on Chapman Road, Northgate Shopping Centre features major retailers like Coles and Target, plus an array of services, fashion and food. Situated on Sanford Street, Stirling Centro is home to Woolworth, Best & Less and more than 20 variety stores.
For a unique local Geraldton shopping opportunity, Geraldton Visitor Centre and Chimere Pearls are must-visits. The Visitor Centre's souvenir shop sells a range of Australiana books and local knick-knacks; while Chimere Pearls showcases rare jewellery made from pearls from the nearby Abrolhos Islands.