8.0 out of 10

Geraldton

Ranked 2nd best suburb in Central
-28.7749256002816 114.612883946215
Great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Medical Facilities
  • Gym & Fitness
Not great for
  • Public Transport
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping Options
  • Safe & Sound
  • Childcare
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Country Lovers

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
Sep 29, 2016

"Underrated"

Geraldton is a great place to live!
The beaches are awesome and the whole foreshore area has been redeveloped. You don't have the problem of being stuck in traffic, and you can get from Cape Burney to Drummonds in 15 mins. Marine Tce and the West End have been revitalised, and there's a lot of independent cafes, art projects and innovations that are happening.
Pros
  • Lifestyle
  • Seachangers
  • Size
Cons
  • Lack of 'culture'
  • Bad crime in some areas (although not as bad as Bunbury, according to statistics)
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
Aug 08, 2016

"Good sized city in WA"

I think Geraldton has a good balance of size (big enough for decent job opportunities, and facilities) and small enough to retain a community feel. The property prices are much cheaper than Perth and surrounds of course. I live in Sunset Beach which is right on the beach, good luck getting that in larger cities at a reasonable price... It has grown a lot over the years, and I am recommending to people generally that it is a nice town to retire too if you like the beach side living side of things. I do hear that there is good job opportunities also if you are working still and want to be away from the larger cities.
Pros
  • Size
  • Lifestyle
  • Seachangers
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Jul 10, 2016

"Great place to live"

I've lived in Geraldton for over 10 years and think it's a great place to live. Fantastic beaches with plenty of good fishing and camping spots close by. There's also good surf beaches and the wind surfing is some of the best in Australia so there's definitely plenty to do. The city center has everything you need including some good pubs, restaurants and cafes.

The cost of living is good particularly since house prices are considerably lower than Perth while the income is the same if not better. There's also plenty of employment due to local industries like fishing, farming and mining. Even with the recent mining boom ending Geraldton has enough other industries so there's always work for anyone who really wants it.

Like any city, there are some areas that are not very nice and have higher crime rates. I've always stayed away from these parts of town (Rangeway and Spalding in particular). Have never had any issues where I am or in the city center so I don't think it's as big a problem as some people make it out to be.
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A nice place that needs a lot of work before I could recommend it to someone."

Where do I begin. The quality of housing just isn't here. ALL the houses are 30-50% overpriced compared to a similar houses in the capital cities of Australia, remembering that Geraldton is 480km from Perth. The term "land value only" only draws vague stares from people. They figure no matter how old, fibro ridden or decrepit it must be worth $400K +. The workmanship is poor, most homes have no air-con (even though it hits 47ºC in Summer), and even less have insulation. Most have carports but not a proper built in garage, considering the crime rate this is not good. Forget about having a pool as it will fill with sand over Summer due to the crazy winds we get. The vast majority have no landscaping worth mentioning. Crime is a massive problem. Every footpath is littered with broken glass. Our business had a custom made sign stolen within 10 days of being erected, even though it was Dyna-bolted on. Crime is a massive problem. The shopping is awful. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND ANYONE MOVING TO GERALDTON IT IS BASICALLY A DUMP. It was probably the worst decision I ever made moving here 4 years ago. The cost of living is simply unsustainable. STAY CLEAR OF GERALDTON. Buy a house in a town that actually has parks and gardens and trees etc. Maybe even a place where people know what a dog leash is used for :-( Did I mention crime is a massive problem.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
bradg332211
bradg332211 Spot on.
2yrs+
PeterS17
PeterS17 There is a new subdivision called "Sunset Beach" which has new turnkey builds from $390,000 I think, so they are certainly turning this around. The details are at sunsetbeachliving.com.au
Aug 08, 2016
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Will be a great place to live one day :)"

We moved to Geraldton a couple of years ago and on the whole like the place and really like the lifestyle it offers, the beaches and the weather make it a great place to bring up kids. We have also found the people here to be very friendly and my little boy is enrolled in a lovely public school here. It has a few shortcomings though as follows:
Firstly and of course most importantly is the wind....it blows and blows and blows all the time.
The shopping is horrible with only a Target to speak of.
Everything is very much located in the centre of town, and with the suburbs spreading 20kms each way north & south, if you live up either end of town it is a long way to trek for everything, not even Dr's and Dentists surgeries seem to exist other than in the town centre.
It is expensive to live here real estate wise, crime is a problem in a lot of areas.
Wages seem to be lower here than in other comparable regional centres.
Council facilities need to still come a long way (no one big council run gym in town only the swimming pool so there isn't one gym in town where your membership includes the ability to use a pool.

I think though, if you give the place maybe 10 years it will be fabulous, it just needs to catch up with the times a little.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
5/5
2yrs+

"Geraldton - City Escape."

I love Geraldton. I have lived here my entire life, and no matter the amount of traveling i do, it always welcomes me home. I have an amazing job here that supports young people, and the people here are so friendly. Yes, housing is a bit pricey these days, but so is everything else. The only problem being is people coming from perth trying to compare it to perth. It's Geraldton. So what if the shopping doesn't meet your insanely high standards, there is online shopping for that. And if you cannot open your eyes to what Geraldton does offer as a lovely country city, go back to the bigger,louder,smokey cities.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"Large town with plenty of activity."

Geraldton is the fourth largest city in WA and has a population of over 32,000. Located 424 kms north of Perth the area is growing in popularity and has a large tourism industry. Geraldton in also a port and is important for mining, wheat, sheep and fishing. Some of the major attraction of Geraldton is the memorial to the HMAS Sydney which was lost of the coast here and the wreckage finally found 150 kms a north at Shark Bay and the St Francis Xavier Catholic Cathedral which was started in 1916 but wasn’t finished until 1938. Being near the sea Geraldton has a Mediterranean climate but becomes very dry and arid away from the coast. There is a good choice of schools in this city from primary through to secondary with both state and private being catered for. Geraldton is a sporting town with all water sports being popular especially surf board riding and windsurfing. Horse racing is also popular with the Geraldton Gold cup an annual event. There are numerous sporting fields in the area catering for sports such as football (most codes), netball, cricket, athletics, swimming and golf etc. Real estate prices in Geralton vary and depending on what you want and how much you have to spend there is something for you to buy.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees