Written by Tom
02/03/2009 - 04/03/2009 33 °C
We arrived in the very small and sleepy town of Cervantes at lunchtime and checked into our sweet hostel, the only hostel in town, called Cervantes Lodge. We went for the cheaper dorm beds and luckily had the whole dorm to ourselves for both the nights we stayed there. We had a quiet night, staying in and cooking a delicious pasta bolognase.
The next morning we walked off along the beaches and bays to find these massive white sand dunes we had been told about. It took an hour to walk there and an hour back, walking beside turquoise waters and we saw not a single other person the whole time. Eventually we got to the sand dunes, and leaving the camera down on the beach due to the strong winds, we marched up to the top of the dunes (more likes hills they were so big). At the top we got battered by the really strong winds, sand was going everywhere (the mouth, the eyes, the ears) but the view was great. It was like a white sandy desert crossed with a desolate lunar landscape.
In the afternoon we headed off on a small tour (6 people) in a minibus to the Pinnacles Desert (about 20 minutes away). We spotted a large Western Grey Kangaroo on the way for some more kangaroo photos to add to our collection. We got to the Pinnacles at about 6pm so the light was good and there were long shadows. The Pinnacles are a strange eerie collection of tall thin rock columns sticking out of the sand. There are literally thousands of them and the whole area is pretty vast. I've already forgotten how they were made so you'll just have to admire the photos instead.
As we wondered around trying to admire the rock formations but being bored to death by our tour driver and guide who was coming up with rubbish stories and made-up names for things as though we were five years old, the sun was slowly setting. To the drivers credit he did take us to a good spot to watch the sunset, which was a pretty good sunset as far as sunsets go.
On our final day I got up to see the sunrise as I couldn't sleep and then even went for a run afterwards (I know, amazing!). Once Coralie was up we went for a walk inland to a lookout for amazing views of the coastline. Then we walked further to a stromatolite lake and walked around it. I'm sure that Coralie was less than impressed with the stromatolites but having done a biology degree I found them slightly interesting (stromatolites are the oldest living organisms on earth, they are bacteria which secrete rock layers in domes).
Unfortunately the flies were out in force again so Coralie wore her sexy fly-net mask again while I walked around waving the flies away constantly like a loony.
In the afternoon we took our last Greyhound bus for a while down to Perth (3hrs). Once in Perth we jumped on the train down to Fremantle (pretty seaside town south of the city) where we met Mum & Steve who had come to Australia for a holiday and to see us.