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Northampton

Northampton

Being one of the oldest settlements in Western Australia, Northampton is historically rich while maintaining its familiar rural roots. Only 52km North of Geraldton, this friendly, country town is well worth the visit whether you’re coming back down to Perth or continuing your adventure North, up the Coral Coast!

History

Northampton was first settled in the late 1840’s after lead and ore mines were opened. As a result of the success of these mines, the town was surveyed and named ‘The Mines’ in 1871. However this name was soon changed to ‘Northampton’ after the English town of Northampton as well as the then current governor of Western Australia, John Hampton. A railway was built in 1879, connecting Northampton to Geraldton, a major development that helped increase the prosperity of the town. In 1993, it was officially declared a historic town by the National Trust. Northampton now is an agricultural town that takes pride in being a small, country town that can attract tourists from all over the world.

Attractions

Chiverton House Museum

Considered to be one of the last buildings to have been built by convicts in Australia, the Chiverton House Museum is a very interesting and historical building to visit! Construction of the house began in 1867, finishing in 1874, serving as a building for many things, most notably housing the local West Australian bank between 1908 and 1912. Today however it’s the towns museum, home to many unusual and quirky historical artefacts that all have their very own story to tell!

Our Lady in Ara Coeli Church

Opened in 1936, Our Lady in Ara Coeli Church is a magnificent piece of architecture, showcasing the brilliance of priest and architect, Monsignor John Hawes. Hawes was also responsible for the Sacred Heart Convent, another artistically amazing building in Northampton. The Ara Coeli Church resembles a gothic looking church, in contrast to other churches in the area being more classical. This masterpiece, in the centre of Northampton, has been described as, ‘beautiful in a simplistic way’ with it often on the top of things to see and do in Northampton.

Hampton Road Heritage Walk

A great way to visit all the historically significant buildings in Northampton is the Hampton Road Heritage Walk. This 2.5km walk lets you explore 37 historical buildings in Northampton, starting at the former police station turned visitor centre, where a free map will be given to start journey! This walk is suitable for all ages and can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a whole day depending on how much you want to explore each building!

Fun Facts:

Distance from Perth: 465km North

Population: 813

Postcode: 6535

Founded: 1864  

 

Northampton Gallery

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