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Northampton - Cities, Towns and Localities
Located 474 km north of Perth via the Brand Highway and only 52 km north of Geraldton, Northampton is a small town in undulating country on the edge of the wheat belt (Mid West region).

First settled in the late 1840s after Lieutenant George Grey had passed through the area on his retreat from North-West Cape. It was in 1842 that further exploration led to the discovery of lead ore and copper, with Geraldine and Gwalla Mines being established in the region. The Geraldine Mine located some 5 km west of the town) has claims to being the first lead mine in Australia.

The town was surveyed in 1864, and the original name of ‘The Mines’ was changed in 1871 to the present name of ‘Northampton’. The name was derived from a combination of Northampton in England and in honour of the then governor of Western Australia, John Stephen Hampton.

By 1877 the district was producing some 4,000 tons of lead and copper annually, with the minerals being transported by wagon to Port Gregory. This was unsatisfactory, and in 1879 after considerable local pressure, a railway was completed from Geraldton to Northampton. This was the first government built railway in Western Australia, and continued to run until it was closed in 1957.

Check out our listing of Northampton accommodation and Mid West accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Northampton Tourist Bureau
Old Police Station
Old Hampton Road
Ph: 08 9934 1488
Fax: 08 9934 1488


MSN Map of Northampton, Western Australia
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Northampton Attractions

Hutt Lagoon and Pink Lake
One of the Coral Coast unique attractions, located just out of the picturesque fishing village of Gregory(sometimes referred to as Port Gregory) and 48 km north-west of Northampton, is Hutt Lagoon and the ‘Pink Lake’. Hutt Lagoon is a pink lake, the pink colouration being a naturally occurring phenomenon that occurs when algae ‘blooms’ and produces beta carotene. Part of the lagoon has been converted to ponds for commercial harvesting of the algae.

The best time to view the lake is at sundown as the lagoon changes colour from mauve to pink to a slightly darker purple. Follow the Port Gregory Road from Northampton and then the George Grey Drive.
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Northampton Tours

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Spinaway Safaris Wildflower Tours
• Ph: 08 9934 1222 • Mobile: 0428 341 222 • Email
Bookings can be made through the Northampton Tourist Bureau  See our countryside in full bloom! The Northampton area is famous for its beautiful wildflowers during winter and spring months. The famous spring ‘carpet of flowers’ is truly a sight to be seen. Special package guided wildflower tours to suite your requirements.
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Northampton Distance

Distance to Northampton
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Northampton:
Geraldton 50
Horrocks 23
Kalbarri 115
Perth 487
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.


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