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The Pinnacles 19/10/2010

Part of Namburg National Park WA

sunny 28 °C

Where's Wally -- opps no Where's Annie???

Where's Wally -- opps no Where's Annie???

We haved camped at Cervantes ( Sir-van-tees) for a night as this is the closest town to The Pinnicles. Cervantes is on the coast about 20 km from The Pinnicles. The beach here is also delightful, very crystal clear and turqoise in colour. Also sea lions live on the islands dotted just off the coast as well as lobsters being plentiful.

Limestone stucture

Limestone stucture

These limestone structures were created from ancient shells. They are made over many years by natural processes that have combined to remove surrounding material to result in the limestone pinnacles jutting out from there srrounds. The first documented sighting of these Pinnicles was in 1650 by Dutch sailors who mistook the Pinnicles for ruins of an ancient civilization. They are really beautiful and well worth the $11 entry fee per car.

More PINNICLES

More PINNICLES

And Then There's More.

And Then There's More.

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Port Denison / Dongara WA

Best Caravan Park in Australia so far. Big 4.

sunny 33 °C

Port denison

Port denison

We planned to spend only 2 nights here but we changed our mind and spent 4. When we left we wished he had of spent another week. Never mind. It had the best and cleanest ameneties, best camp kitchen with a huge plasma TV and they cook you pancakes for breakfast every Sunday morning for free and they where great. The staff are also helpful and friendly and the park is right in town on the waters edge. Very comfortable. We meet a lovely lot of people here as well. The weather was 34 degrees and the wind wasn't a bother. We loved the place.

Also Port Denison

Also Port Denison

This quaint little town is famous for lobster fishing.

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Geraldton

Pretty town with lots of impressive infrastructure

sunny 26 °C

When you read the visitors guide to Geraldton, the Mayor Ian Carpenter, says you will be "BLOWN AWAY" by the mild winters etc. Well he is right, you are blown away. The wind never stops. The locals say the wind calms down in May and June each year. Hey theat means 10 months left to blow!!! Three nights and I've had enought of the wind..... Locals say if there was no wind, the temperature risies to 45 degrees, so they are happy with the wind!!

Geraldton City & Harbour

Geraldton City & Harbour

Well we had the car serviced here and filled Bertha up with food and I started making a quilt. The ladies of Northamptons fault of course, they talked me into it. So now Bertha is a sewing room, pins, needles everywhere......

Memorial HMAS Sydney II

Memorial HMAS Sydney II


Geraldton is a very beautiful town. The foreshore is really beautiful and the infrustructure is fantastic. Everything you need is here. Shame about the wind. There are large ships coming into the harbour and this makes us feel like home. They come here for the wheat grain not coal. On the hill in town is a beautifull HMAS Sydney II Memorial. This was recently declared Australia's second National Memorial by the old PM Kevin Rudd and it pays tribute to the 645 crew lost aboard the World War II warship. The dome made of 645 seagulls represents the lost sailors and there is a wall with all of the names of the Sydney crew.

Me looking out to see with my new friend.

Me looking out to see with my new friend.


The bronze statue of my friend gazes desperately out to sea, her face contorted in anguish as she awaits news of the ill-fated Sydney.

HMS Sydney Memorial

HMS Sydney Memorial

I'm sick of the wind so it is time to move on!!!

Geraldton (3)

Geraldton (3)

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Prince Leonard of the Principality of Hutt River

In the middle of WA there is another Principality......How come I didn't know about this before???

sunny 34 °C

street sceen

street sceen


We arrived at Northampton to see the "Äiring of the Quilts" which is really a great craft festival. I must admit the people here love their town with a passion. The town reminds me of Buladelah but the peoples passion of the town is so wonderful. We learnt about quilting, lace making, spinning wool and every other craft you could ever dream about. The quilts were wonderful and decorated the streets so beautifully.

Airing of the Quilts

Airing of the Quilts

HRH Prince Leonard

HRH Prince Leonard


Prince Leonard of the Principality of Hutt River

Prince Leonard of the Principality of Hutt River

So I had to dig further and this guy owns a wheat farm and had a fight with the Australia Federal Government, went home and read the Constitution and found a loop hole in it and declared his 18,500 acres a principality. It is the Principality of Hutt River and it is 40 years old this year. He pays no taxes , has only generators for electricity. Hutt River is situated 595 km north of Perth and is about 75 sq km in area. Caravanners can camp there, you pay $2 for a visitors visa and you get your passport stamped.... So Hutt River is an Independent Sovereign State having seceded from Australia on the 21/04/1970 and is comparable size to Hong Kong (not the New Territories).

H.R.H. Prince Leonard is a keen supporter of Arts & Conservation, has named parts of the Principality with such identities as Lake Beginning, Mount Sucession, Lake Serenity and Wild Boar Gorge. His town site, Nain, has been developed with many buildings to provide facilities for the tourists who visit in their thousands each year. These facilities include Administration, Goernment Office and Post Office, Tea Rooms with Swimming Pool and chapel.

According to Leonard, Western Austalia was actually never proclaimed by Captain Stirling as British Territory, as was required of him under Letter Patent. He only proclaimed a Settlement (the Swan Settlement) in Western Australia. So The Territory of the Principality of Hutt River was never, ever, British Proclaimed Territory! web site is www.principality-hutt-river.com The Constitution has been fixed now....

This is the map of H.R.H Prince Leonards Principality.

This is the map of H.R.H Prince Leonards Principality.

Posted by anne.muld 23:52 Archived in Australia Comments (1)

Things I've learnt about the "W ait A while" State (WA)

THE PINK LAKE AT PORT GREGORY IS ACTUALLY PINK

sunny 33 °C

Leaving Kalbarri and on our way to Northampton, we drove to Port Gregory. Port Gregory has PINK water in the lake, apparently due to the salt level. The ocean is very blue....

Pink lake

Pink lake

The Lake is actually flouro pink when the sun shines on it. The photo doesn't quite do it justice. It isn't inviting to swim in as it just looks bazaar!!!

more of the pink lake

more of the pink lake

northampton1 (14)

northampton1 (14)

Other things I've learnt are "WA likes there lizzards frilled not grilled!" This is a sign that is on the roads all of the time. So I'm always on the lookout for lizzards, sheep, roos, cows, emus, goats etc etc on the road as referred to as "fresh meat". It is not real fresh as you have to hold your nose, turn off the fan in the car as the 'fresh meat' has been baked and now stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!

We are now travelling in the "Wheat Belt" of WA. Obviously it rains a lot more down this way as the wheat farms are lovely to look at. The red earth desert areas od WA are beginning to dwindle and fresh water is becoming more available to us. We no longer have to have salty, slimy showers from the artsian waters. The weather is still very hot. Usually 33 degrees in the day and the washing takes one hour to dry.

Another thing I have learnt about WA is that 'Highway One' is the best road in WA. It puts Highway one to shame in all of the other Aus states. The condition of it here is fantastic. The one thing you have to be careful of is RFDS planes landing on it (They do warn you by a sign to watch out for planes landing) and there are lots of cattle grids on the highway. You cruise along at 80 km per hour and them Bump you hit a cow grid!!!! Bertha is getting use to them but it wakes me up!!!!

Today I splurged and used a washing machine. I spent $3 on a load, usually we hand wash but once a month I give the towels a baptism in the washing machine. I sold my washing machine at home so I'll be use to the handwashing untill we can afford another!

We have arrived at Northampton for the "Äiring of the Quilts" which is on tomorrow.. FANTASTIC!!!!!

Tony viewing Port Gregory - Lovely to see the ocean is blue

Tony viewing Port Gregory - Lovely to see the ocean is blue

Posted by anne.muld 01:03 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

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