Sunday 14th October 2018 - What a night! The severe storm forecast blew in with heavy rain and strong winds that buffeted the caravan throughout the night. We were thankful that we had taken heed of the weather forecast and taken some protection beside the dunes.
As you would expect we were up early and ventured outside to survey any damage and all we found was some sand piled around the wheels. At least we didn't have to pack up and relocate site like some of the other campers!!
Anyway we packed up and moved out as we are on the way to Jurien Bay with a quick stop at Sandy Bay. As we're driving along we still can't believe the sight before us. We're surrounded by lush green landscape dotted with huge pure white sand dunes and I mean WHITE that seems to be the theme along the Turquoise coast as well as the colour of the ocean.
On arrival at Jurien Bay where we had intended to stop for the night we decided to continue on to Cervantes as there seemed to be more to do & see so we rang ahead and booked a site for a couple of nights.
After setting up camp and some lunch we drove Thirsty Point and took a stroll to the beach that led onto a picturesque white sandy beach and turquoise ocean. In the distance it had some rocky atolls that rose from the water called the Cervantes Islands named after a shipwreck. Both these islands and the town of Cervantes were named after Miguel de Cervantes the author of Don Quixote.
Then we moved on to Lake Thetis that contains a small group of Stromatolites living in the small tidal lake of high salinity levels; the same as Hamelin Pool. You can imagine our thoughts - We've been cheated, as Hamelin pool advertised that is was only one of four places in the world where Stromatolites lived!!
After a walk around the lake we checked out the town and headed back to camp for dinner.
Monday 15th October 2018 - We visited Nambung National Park today to see The Pinnacles that are Tamala limestone formations from sea shells that have broken down into lime-rich sands that were blown inland to form high mobile dunes. There are two ideas on how they were formed, the first due to extensive weathering and the second through preservation of tree casts where the roots became hard and then eroded.
We drove through the numerous pinnacles of different types & height, occasionally getting out and walking amongst them. They were jagged or sharp edged rising to a point with others looking like tombstones.
It was an incredible sight with the thousands of limestone pinnacles merging into the pure white sand of the dunes scattered within the surrounding countryside with the blue of the ocean beyond.
After seeing the unusual sight of The Pinnacles we drove to Kangaroo Point for our picnic lunch and a walk along the beach where we saw a pair of Caspian Terns.
Back to camp before going out to dinner at the Cervantes Country Club for a delicious seafood platter for dinner - Yum!