In the morning we packed up our tent in Lancelin and continued our drive north. There were a couple of viewpoints that we stopped at to blow the cobwebs out of our ears before the main event of the day, the Pinnacles. Unfortunately it was raining heavily by the time we got to them. The experts are not currently sure how the pinnacles were formed however most theory’s involve former forests that have left limestone deposits up to 4m high, due to the shifting dunes some of them can get covered and uncovered over time. There is a driving and walking route around the site, we had planned to walk however the rain was very heavy so we decided to drive first and walk later. Once or twice we got out of the car but then beat a hasty retreat. At the visitors centre we upgrade our 1 day national park pass to a 4 week one as this would cover most of the national parks in western Australia
The Pinicles, it was wet, very wet
With the Pinnacles complete, although we’ll retrace our steps on the journey south to hopefully see them in the sunshine, we continued heading north in the rain to Dongara, with further inclement weather forecasted, we booked into our campsite for two nights and were given a nice sheltered spot hiding behind the dunes. Before dinner we went for a short walk to the Fishermen's Memorial Lookout and saw a west coast sunset.
The next day we got up late, had breakfast and made the most of the good weather to put a wash on, we did well and had time to dry 2/3rds of it well before it poured down and soaked the rest, after the downpour we went for a 6km walk along the sea front to another look out and back. we had a quiet afternoon sheltering from the phenomenal rain storm, fortunately our tent is pretty water proof so we only had a couple of small puddles to mop up.
Views from the look out
We packed up our tent and the remainder of the washing that we’d left out, this was surprisingly dry considering the weather and continued on to Geraldton, stopping on the way to say hello to some lamas/alpacas.
Geraldton is a moderate town of 40,000 people but is most well known for it’s St Frances Xavier cathedral.
After lunch we walked to a light house, this was meant to be 20 minutes each way but turned out to be longer, this did give us some good views of the bulk grain terminal that’s a prominent feature of the town.
In the evening we camped at a lovely (if cold) farmstay, this different to the usual tourist parks and they lit the fire pit for us, we had a good chat with a couple from Queensland who’ve spent the last 9 years touring round in a converted bus towing a Toyota Hilux doing 46l/100km for comparison we do 6.5l/100km.
Till Next time
David & Joanna
PS. We're currently very behind with blogging, we've just had 9 days in and round the Ningaloo reef near Exmouth, more in a future post....
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