The forecast was cool, so a good day to go north. An impressively early start, 1st stop Lancelin. The village is on the coast and the famous sand dunes are just inland. From the 1st servo coming into town, everyone was hiring sand-boards. The standard was $10/hr, but on-site there was a van with boards at $5 and a free bottle of water. Bloody plastic bottles in this state, don't get us started. We saw a lot of youngies having a go at sand-boarding. Most just sitting on them, a lot of Asians and even some middle aged women in burqas. It's more about the photo than the experience. The only ones who did stand-up well were a couple of young guys with stirrups on their boards. They looked as though they'd done wakeboard before as they did a 180° jump as they took off. A good feature of this sand is that it doesn't heat up in the sun - even with last week's 40C.
The Pinnacles was our next stop, a crazy little piece of desert with mystery limestone sort of growths. They had originally been covered by sand and there are a couple of theories of how they were formed.
dTo Cervantes, named after the ship, wrecked in 1844.
The ship itself was named after the author of the infamous novel Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes (Ps This is why the streets names and parks of the town have a Spanish influence).
While anchored to do some fishing off the coast of Jurien Bay, a sudden wind came through and the ship was stuck fast.
Three seamen from the boat arrived in Fremantle, exhausted, reporting the wreck.