Geraldton is a coastal city in the Mid West region of Western Australia, located 424 kilometers north of Perth. Clear evidence has established indigenous people living on the West Coast of Australia for at least 40,000 years. Although at present it is unclear when the first indigenous people may have originally explored or lived in and around Geraldton itself.
The local Aboriginal people native to the region surrounding Geraldton are known as Yamatji or Wajarri people. Wajarri country is inland from Geraldton, and extends as far south and west as Mullewa, north to Gascoyne Junction and east to Meekatharra.
The Aboriginal people of the Murchison-Gascoyne region were instrumental in assisting early settlers in the area in identifying permanent water sources, and worked in the pearling, pastoral and fishing industries.
Yamatji art is a distinctive style of painting, using thousands of dots of ochre and other earth-based pigments to create patterns and images relevant to Yamatji/Wajarri culture.
The Western Australia Museum at the marina in Geraldton hosts a permanent exhibit on Yamatji/Wajarri culture and history of the region.