Because our 4 month old baby grandson was also travelling with our son and daughter in law in another car, we had to have frequent stops for feeding, nappy changing, etc.
Day 1 - Our first stop was just outside Perth's northern boundaries at the former Atlantis Marine Park in the small fishing community of Two Rocks 60km north of the city. The now abandoned Atlantis theme park was built in 1981, but closed in 1990 due to financial problems.
The statue of King Neptune at the top of a hill has been restored from vandalism and was heritage listed by the Western Australian Heritage Council in 2006.
The area was enclosed with a wire fence but I saw a couple taking photos at the top and asked them how they got there and they indicated a hole in the fence through which I climbed.
I'd heard about this park and seen photos but never been there before, so it was quite interesting to see Neptune and the various statues scattered around, some of them looking a bit dilapidated.
|King Neptune, dolphins and mermaids at Atlantis Marine Park|
Lancelin was our next stop to take some photos of the beach and have a bite to eat from our packaged lunches. On the road lots of white sand dunes were visible, the pristine beach was deserted and a few fishing boats were at sea.
|Lancelin - sand dunes, beach with fishing boats, big houses by the beach and our grandson with his baby sunglasses|
Late afternoon we reached Jurien Bay where we had rented a small holiday house and unpacked.
Jurien Bay is a well know fishing spot and it's marina provides a haven for crayfishing boats. Named after Charles Jurien, an administrator in the French Navy it was found in 1801 by French naval explorer Nicholas Baudin.
After familiarizing ourselves with the area, we went to the jetty to watch the sunset. We were lucky to see a dolphin but couldn't catch him in a photo!
The next day there meant to be a "classic car show" on the main street, but although we were there on time and waited for a while no cars showed up! Later on we saw two of them near the beach and spoke to the owners who said the show somehow didn't materialize. Strange!!
|Cervantes beach and jetty (my son, daughter in law and baby), sunset and 2 of the classic cars we saw.|
Day 2 - We drove to Dongara about 130km north of Jurien Bay via the Indian Ocean Drive to explore the coastal area.
We explored the area's beaches and the many small towns along the coast. From the many statues that could be seen around crayfish is king. We made our way back in the evening.
|Various town around Jurien bay - beaches and crayfish statues|
The Pinnacles popular with tourists, are rocks make of limestone varying from small stones to stones over 2mt high spread out in the desert. They became well known after 1967 when the area was gazetted as a reserve.
It was a windy day but that didn't deter the flies that were out in force, and we could hardly open our mouths in fear of swallowing a couple...our backs were full of them and every time we entered the car we had to help each other clear them so they wouldn't bother us inside.
I had been to the Pinnacles before but always during the day, so this time our aim was to watch the sun setting over the pinnacles and the show didn't disappoint!!
Lots of photographers with fancy cameras lined up taking photos from all angles. Mine aren't so bad either considering my modest camera.
We left when the sun set and the moon was visible in the sky making the earth appear red.
|Sunset over the Pinnacles, my husband and I in front of one of the tall boulders|
|Sun down and moon up in the sky|
Day 4 - Time to pack up and return to Perth. We stopped at Cervantes about 30km south of Jurien bay to visit Lake Thetis.
The lake is one of five sites in Western Australia that features thrombolites (believed to be about 3000 years old) which resemble stromatolites, the oldest living fossil formations in the world (up to 3,5 billion years).
The lake is named after the ship Thetis that surveyed the coast between 1847/8.
There's a boardwalk of 1,5km around the lake making for an easy stroll.
Cervantes was established about 50 years ago to accommodate the workers of the local crayfishing industry and has about 500 inhabitants. The coast here has seen over 1400 shipwrecks since 1622.
The town was named after the Cervantes islands nearby which were named after an American whaling ship which wrecked on the coast in 1844, which in turn was named after the Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes.
Maybe for that reason the town's street names are mostly Spanish - Seville st, Catalonia St, Valencia st....
My husband couldn't return without having crayfish for lunch and even though we looked into eating at the Lobster Shack we decided rather on eat at Cervantes Bar & Bistro.
The food was wonderful and tasty and our waitress was a friendly Canadian girl on a working holiday.
|Cervantes lookout to empty beach, Lake Thetis, prawns and squid and grilled lobster|
About 100Km north of Perth, our last stop before reaching Perth was Guilderton, on the Moore River estuary.
It's a pretty place where the dark river almost meets the sea.
We climbed to the top of the viewpoint which gave us views over the town, river and sea.
|On top of the Lookout with view over the town. Statues of Pelicans and a man with binoculars |
We arrived home in time for dinner having enjoyed our trip with the family.
Hope you also enjoyed getting to know a bit more of Western Australia.