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Geraldton is the largest town in the mid-western region of Western Australia. It is a port city and major centre for the surrounding wheat growing area; the port has
been dredged to permit vessels up to 64,000 deadweight tonnes to berth. A large crayfishing fleet is also based here. Geraldton is 424 kilometres north of Perth;
population was 31,553 in the 2006 census; position is 28° 47'S, 114° 37'E. Average annual rainfall is 449 millimetres. Annual average maximum temperature is 24.7°; hottest month is February with 29.7° daily average maximum; July is coldest with average daily minimum of 10.5°
Inland of Geraldton, Mullawa is renowned for wildflowers. Dongara, south of Geraldton, is the headquarters of a crayfishing fleet and favoured retirement place for surrounding farmers.