HDP: Travelling Around Australia, Week 12

So, twelve years ago, Mr Oz and I came to Western Australia (WA) and The Pinnacles in Cervantes was as far north as we came. In a sense, we’ve been retracing our steps and, loving all things ‘natural’, we had to return. This time though, armed with digital cameras instead of firing blind ‘slides’ 🙂

These photos have not been edited. The sand and formations are naturally this yellow and the sky was this blue. So just a few of them out of the thousands Pinnacles that are in the Nambung National Park.

The Pinnacles & Me

The Pinnacles & Me

A Crumbling Pinnacles

A Crumbling Pinnacles

A Group

A Group

Surviving the Test of Time - Just!

Surviving the Test of Time – Just!

Now, last week I showed you some Thrombolites and this week I’m going to show you Stromatolites that are found in Lake Thetis, again, part of the Nambung NP. There are only a few places left that have these amazing living fossils – another site is Shark Bay, a bit further north.

Stromatolites at Lake Thetis, Nambung NP

Stromatolites at Lake Thetis, Nambung NP

The difference between Stromatolites & Thrombolites are in their structures – as pictured below.

Difference

At an overnight stop at Fig Tree Crossing, just outside Geraldton we loved the colours on this nearby hill.

Fig Tree Crossing

Fig Tree Crossing

Also with the high activities of bees in a nearby flowering eucalyptus tree.

Busy Bees

Busy Bees

Travelling like we do, we tend to pop into almost every crook and cranny we come across along the way. One of which was Jurien Bay – which has a great snorkelling trail (To be done in warmer weather though)

Jurien Bay Jetty

Jurien Bay Jetty

Jurien Bay, start of Snorkel Trail

Jurien Bay, start of Snorkel Trail

This remarkable sunset was just on the doorstep of where we were staying at Sunset Beach. Too tired to go out to photograph it, I stepped outside our caravan to capture it, and the viewing platform build in the park so you can take your wine, cheese and biscuits there and watch amazing sunsets like this one (unedited photo).

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach, Geraldton

So, early in our travels we heard about this place and were immediately curious. We added it to our bucket list and finally the day came this week for us to see it. Now, this next part could be a post in itself and I could be here for a week or more telling you about it – I find it fascinating, but I won’t do that. Click on the link below and find out for yourself – there’s so much there!

The place is: Principality of Hutt River. It is found at Ogilvie Road West, Yallabatharra, WA. (See map below) This year, they’ve celebrated their 45th year of being a Principality.They’re open to the public from 9 am to 4 pm daily. River Hutt is an independent sovereign state having been seceded from Australia on 21st April 1970.

Principality of Hutt River - Great Seal on lower right hand side

Principality of Hutt River – Great Seal on lower right hand side

The entrance to the Principality:

Principality of Hutt River Entrance

Principality of Hutt River Entrance

It’s of comparable size to Hong Kong (not the New Territories). We met the founder His Royal Highness Prince Leonard and one of his sons Prince Graeme, who told us the history of the Principality. I was in awe of Prince Leonard who is now in his 90th year and still as sharp as a tack.

Excuse my hat, I flipped it up so I could take flash photography earlier and only noticed it after the p was taken. Funny look – like a baker’s hat, Haha!

Prince Leonard & us

Prince Leonard & us

Now, looking at Prince Leonard, he seems like an ordinary man, but taking into account what he has accomplished, he is far from ordinary. There is so much history about how he came to create the principality that if ever you’re in the area, it is well worth a visit.

Prince Leonard

Prince Leonard

Mr Oz, outside the Memorabilia Dept

HRP Gift Shop

The facilities include The Administration Building which has the Government Office and Post Office, Tea Rooms, Inter-Denominational Chapel, Memorabilia Dept and Historical Society displays.

Prince Leonard is a great mathematician and has formulas (based on energy) for all living things inside his Gateway.

Gateway to Natures Spirit World

Gateway to Natures Spirit World

Pyramid inside the Gateway with formulas

Pyramid inside the Gateway with formulas

Last, but by no means least, it’s Pink Lake near Port Gregory – officially named, Hutt Lagoon. It’s a salt lake with a pink hue due to the carotenoid producing algae, Dunaliella Salina, which is a source of Beta-carotene, a food-colouring agent and source of vitamin A. The lagoon has the world’s largest micro algae production plant and it’s best viewed at sunset.

Pink Lake near Port Gregory

Pink Lake near Port Gregory

Pink Lake (Hutt Lagoon)

Pink Lake (Hutt Lagoon)

Pink Lake salt crust after drying out

Pink Lake salt crust after drying out

Hutt Lagoon is being used by Lancome to market its new range of lipsticks. So when you see the ads, you can say, ‘I know where that is!’

Picture: Luke Shadbolt

Picture: Luke Shadbolt

Check it out here 🙂

Well, that’s it for now. See you next week 🙂

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I’ll keep writing to a minimum and give you links to places so it’s easy reference for you to look up if you’re interested in a particular location.

As we’re travelling around Australia for X amount of months, I’ll keep the Hump Day Post (HDP) (on Wednesdays) for our journey and will continue to take part in the Weekly Photo Challenge (on Saturdays) – where possible. I’ll repeat this every week, just in case you’ve just joined me 🙂

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My passion has been for many, many years landscape photography so when the chance came up to retire early, in order to travel, I took it! It made sense then to marry the two (travel and photography) and create this blog. I hope you enjoy it :)
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6 Responses to HDP: Travelling Around Australia, Week 12

  1. And, I have been excited all week because I have green grass and some blooming perennials. What a trip you are on – enjoy. 🙂

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  2. Well Judy, you should be excited! There are communities here that would love to have green grass and blooming perennials instead of dirt and wilted shrubs 🙂 Way to go!

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  3. The sunset picture is amazing!!!!!!!! Loved reading all the info too. You’ve now met a Prince- not many can say that 🙂 Next time theres a sunset near a beach and its that red and gorgeous, I order you to trot the distance to take a few snaps xo

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  4. macmsue says:

    Your post reminded me of our experiences in many of the same places but we missed Prince Leonard. I remember reading about him way back when he seceded from the rest of Australia. I didn’t think the place was still going. I enjoyed your lovely photos.

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