The town of Northampton, established in 1864, was founded on lead Mining and is now mostly broad-acre and livestock farming region. Historically important, Northampton was the major destination for the first railway out of Perth (arriving at Ajana) making it a thriving town in 1913.
Driving to Northampton, Western Australia is an interesting road-trip that offers stunning picturesque landscapes and a variety of colour throughout the year. There are a few ways to get here, if you are not currently in Western Australia you would usually fly (or self-drive) to Perth, the state’s capital city, and then make your way north to Geraldton. Just 40min drive north of Geraldton, you’ll find us in Northampton, a quaint little town located in the heart of the Mid West region of Western Australia, and your base for exploring the natural wonders and deep history of the Northampton Shire.
Driving from Geraldton
Head north on the North West Coastal Highway (State Route 1) and follow the highway for approximately 40 minutes until you reach Northampton.
Once you arrive in Northampton, you can explore the town and its surrounding areas, which offers beautiful natural attractions such as the Botanic Line, Bowes River, Horrocks Beach, Port Gregory’s Pink Lake, Lucky Bay and historical landmarks like Lynton Settlement and the walk through old Northampton town itself.
Stay in Northampton
Basing yourself in Northampton when exploring the Mid West region of Western Australia can offer several advantages. Here are a few reasons why Northampton can be a good base for your exploration:
1. Proximity to Attractions: Northampton is centrally located in the Mid West region, making it a convenient base for visiting nearby attractions. It is within easy reach of natural wonders like Kalbarri National Park, Hutt Lagoon (Pink Lake), Port Gregory, and the Abrolhos Islands. You can plan day trips to these destinations and return to the comfort of your accommodation in Northampton.
2. Historic Charm: Northampton itself is a historically significant town with well-preserved heritage buildings and a rich history. By staying in Northampton, you can immerse yourself in the town’s character, explore its museums, heritage trails, and experience the local community.
3. Peaceful Atmosphere: Northampton offers a more relaxed and peaceful atmosphere compared to larger towns or cities in the region. If you prefer a quieter and less crowded setting for your stay, Northampton can provide a tranquil base while still providing access to nearby attractions.
4. Local Services and Facilities: While Northampton is a small town, it does offer essential services and facilities for visitors, such as accommodation options, local cafes, restaurants, and the Visitor Centre. These amenities can enhance your overall experience and provide the necessary conveniences during your exploration of the Mid West region.
5. Gateway to the Mid West: Northampton serves as a gateway to the broader Mid West region of Western Australia. From here, you can explore the diverse landscapes, coastal areas, and other towns in the region. By basing yourself in Northampton, you can easily access different parts of the Mid West and enjoy a variety of experiences.
Ultimately, the choice of where to base yourself depends on your specific preferences and travel plans. Consider factors such as proximity to attractions, available amenities, and the atmosphere you desire for your stay.
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