Day Trips

A Day in the Valley

All day trips have been planned to commence and conclude at the roundabout located at the intersection of the North West Coastal Highway and Chapman Valley Road.

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Day Trip 1 (99 km) - Brown

A minimum of half a day should be allowed to complete this trip.

This popular day trip showcases some of the best scenery in the Mid West from the undulation of the valley slopes to striking colours of the breakaway hills and unique flat mesa tops of the Moresby Ranges, through to the wind swept coastal dunes.

In taking this route you will not only be exposed to the beauty of our Valley, but will also be impressed with the many places and points of interest. Discover the rich history of the early settlements, the Nanson Museum is open Wednesday mornings [and every third Sunday during certain times of the year], stop for morning, afternoon tea or lunch.

The Chapman River also provides some breathtaking picnic spots. Try the Fig Tree Crossing Picnic Area.

Points of Interest

  • Coffee Pot Cottage
  • Moresby Range
  • Fig Tree Crossing Picnic Area
  • Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and Convent
  • Nabawa Public Cemetery
  • Fossil Hill (opposite the Shire Office)
  • Blackman's Rock

Places to Stop

  • Mills Lookout
  • Yetna Tree Farm
  • Lavender Farm
  • Nanson Townsite
  • Chapman Valley Museum (Nanson)
  • Valley Tavern (Nabawa)
  • Coronation Beach
  • Drummond Cove Holiday Park

Day Trip 2 (215 km) Yellow

It is suggested the best part of a day should be allowed to complete this trip with July and October being the best months.

The trip focuses on considerable variation in scenery.

It commences with a leisurely drive through the middle of Chapman Valley to appreciate the unique landforms of the Moresby Ranges and experience the history and many attractions on offer, before gradually climbing the Victoria Plateau via the vacant townsite of Naraling, to arrive at the small farming town of Yuna.

The Plateau, being an ancient landscape feature formed some 50 million years ago, has been extensively cleared and successfully farmed for cereal crops over the past century.

Yuna is principally the support town for the large grain receival bins used to store massive stockpiles of wheat.

Heading south-east from Yuna the route works its way through broadacre farming country toward Mullewa via the Noondamurra Pool, a pleasant place to stop for a picnic.

If you decide to travel further you will be rewarded by the ancient Glacier Beds. This area is renowned for its many wildflowers from July to October.

Additional Points of interest

  • Naraling Hall
  • Whelarra Dam

More Places to stop

  • Yuna Tavern
  • Noondamarra Pool
  • Glacier Beds

Day trip 3 (71) Blue

Some of Chapman Valley's icon touist destinations are located in this day trip.

About half a day is needed in taking this route as you travel from Geraldton on the Chapman Valley Road, turn off onto the Nanson-Howatharra Road and join onto the Northwest Coastal Hwy which will take you back to Geraldton.

Stop for lunch, morning or afternoon tea at the Lavender Valley Farm (open Friday - Sunday) or the Chapman Valley Winery (Open Friday to Sunday) where you can relax in a beautiful location with excellent service.

As you travel down the Nanson-Howatharra Road, why not stop at the Chapman Valley Fishing Park located on Hickety Road.

Once on the Northwest Coastal Hwy, Coronation Beach is located on Coronation Beach Road where you can enjoy a range of recreational activities including caravanning, fishing, snorkelling and swimming. Coronation Beach is also internationally renowned for windsurfing and kitesurfing all year round.

Points of Interest

  • Moresby Range
  • Fig Tree Crossing Picnic Area
  • Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and Convent
  • Blackman's Rock

Places to Stop

  • Mills Lookout
  • Lavender Farm
  • Burnt Barrel
  • Chapman Valley Fishing Park
  • Coronation Beach
  • Drummond Cove Holiday Park