The Pinnacles, Jurien Bay, Dongra & Geraldton

Trip Start Apr 30, 2007
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Trip End Nov 29, 2008


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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Second day of the road trip!!!!

Up bright and early and had a wash in the basin in the toilet block.. nice.  Sat on a bench overlooking the sea and had some breakfast and then waved goodbye to Cervantes and headed further north to Nanbung National Park which is where the Pinnacles are situated. 

We paid the entry fee and drove around looking at the desert which backed onto the ocean and all the weird shaped Pinnacles.  We had great fun jumping off the rocks and taking photo's until Hannah; who's nicknamed 'Sicknote', fell over backwards and smacked her head on a Pinnacle!!!  She managed to cut it open so we bandaged her up and put her in the back of the camper!!

Next stop was Jurien Bay which was soooo pretty.  Pure white sand and crystal waters.  We had hours of fun taking photo's jumping off the sand and flying through the air.  Thankfully Hannah didn't hurt herself this time!!!!
 
We then drove further north and stopped at Dongra, where we sat on the grass and ate fish and chips!  The girls played in the children's park for a bit and made themselves feel sick from spinning around!!
 
Then back on the road heading for Geraldton.  We ended up staying in a car park just outside a place called Sunset Beach.  We parked up, got out the little camping seats and table and cooked some noodles for tea and had a few bottles of Strongbow to toast our road trip.  We then spent the rest of the evening all sardined into the camper playing the celebrity game and giggling until we fell asleep.
 
In the morning we drove into Geraldton and wandered around the town for a bit.  We then headed to the museum and to check out the Cathedral and local Theatre which had some mad old style sun dial thing.
 
Carly and I then walked up the steepest hill i have ever seen to the HMAS Sydney memorial, whilst Katie and Hannah took the easier route and drove.  The memorial had a huge dome made of seagulls, one for every person killed on the HMAS Sydney.  There's also a statue of a lady desperately searching for the boat, she was kind of freaky.
 
After grabbing some snaps indulging in a well deserved ice lolly, we were back in the camper and headed to Coronation Beach where we set up camp for the night.  We were all pretty shattered from driving so we chilled on the beach for a bit.  We'd been sitting there for about half an hour when we heard a slapping noise.  Then all of a sudden Katie noticed some whales playing in the distance!!  The whales were migrating north so we sat and watched them play for a little while, i think they were minky whales.. but i could be wrong.  Although it's not often i'm wrong.
 
The campsite was listed as having toilet facilities and a shower corner, so figured, as you probably would, that they had toilets and showers.. turns out they had a hole with a toilet seat placed on the top and shower cubicle but you had to bring your own water.  I seriously don't understand how that works.  Needless to say, we moved on smelly.  Hannah won the smelliest vote though as she managed to walk through a huge muddy puddle which drenched all her clothes and completely covered her feet and trainers in red clay. 
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