The Eastern Breakwater
The Eastern Breakwater was the first of the four West End Revitalisation projects to be completed.
The 18m high tower offers views of the City, Port, Champion Bay and Moresby Ranges from a 360 degree viewing the 2.5m high viewing platform at its far end. Visitors can observe the City’s resident Western Australian Sea Lion population with binoculars installed on the viewing platform. The WA Sea Lion is the world’s rarest and frequently haul out on Seal Rocks only 50m from the Esplanade.
The Esplanade area also boasts barbecue facilities and landscaped walkways and is becoming a popular venue for wedding photography.
Designed by Blackwall and Associates, and project-managed by the City, the Esplanade received a 2014 WA Landscape and Architecture Design Award and an award for electrical contractors S&K Electrical.
Upon completion, the Eastern Breakwater was renamed the Esplanade as an historic reference to the Esplanade Jetty that was once located in the area. Constructed in 1857-58 to service cargoes of sailing ships calling at the port, the Esplanade Jetty was a popular meeting place for the Geraldton community.
Funding for the project was contributed from the Department of Regional Development through Royalties for Regions, Geraldton Port Authority, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (Regional Development Australia Fund) and the City of Greater Geraldton.