Batavia Coast Visitor Information
Batavia Coast is a seaside region in the state of Western Australia. This strip of coastline, which fronts the Indian Ocean to the west, forms part of Australia's western borders. Approximately 378 kilometres long, the entire area stretches between the towns of Kalbarri to the north and Cervantes to the south. Between these points are the city of Geraldton and the towns of Dongara and Jurien Bay. Its southernmost point is roughly 202 kilometres north-west of Perth, the state capital.
Batavia Coast was named after the incident involving the Batavia, a merchant ship of the Dutch East India Company. In October 1628, under the command of Francisco Pelsaert, the ship set sail for the Dutch East Indies to obtain spices. Two of the ship's high-ranking officials, Ariaen Jacobsz and Jeronimus Cornelisz, plotted a mutiny, which inadvertently ran the ship aground in Beacon Island off the coast of Geraldton. A series of murders followed under Cornelisz before Pelsaert could take control of the situation. Today, the Batavia shipwreck is one of Western Australia's most popular dive sites.
Thanks to its cultural, historical, and natural heritage, Batavia Coast has a wide variety of attractions that regularly draw both local and visiting tourists. As such, tourism is a thriving industry in and around the region. Some of its most popular hotspots include the Abrolhos Islands, Batavia Shipwreck, Chinaman's Beach, Dynamite Bay, Europa Anchor, HMAS Sydney II Memorial, Irwin District Museum, Jurien Bay Marine Park, Jurien Bay Sea Lions, Kalbarri National Park, Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre, Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral, Spalding Park, Sunset Beach, and Western Australian Museum.