JURIEN BAY

Hello Everybody, this week we stayed at Jurien Bay which is 220 Kms north of Perth. The water is as beautiful as all the pictures you see but still a tad cool. But we have managed a couple of dips in the ocean and look forward to a few more as the weather begins to warm up. The sand hills are so white and sand boarding is very popular here and at the surrounding towns. Chris even caught some Tommies (or herring) off the jetty. Wahoo, fresh fish for dinner!!

LUESTNER NATIONAL PARK

Yesterday we went for a walk in this park. It is definitely a different landscape compared to the national parks south of Perth. No more tall trees. But thousands of grass trees as far as the eye can see. There is also lots of colour from the flowers that are in blossom. It is very dense and the soil is very sandy. There were emus, kangaroos and a friendly lizard gave us a grin.

At the top

PINNACLES

Today we visited the Pinnacles. They are limestone formations within Nambung National Park, near the town of Cervantes which is about 26 Kms south of Jurien Bay. We arrived nice and early and it was great as we had them all to ourselves. They are amazing and so many of them. Just when you think you have seen them all you walk over the next rise to see more. A really interesting walk. At times it felt like you were in a cemetery and the pinnacles were headstones.  You can also do a drive through which is about 4 Kms long. In places, the pinnacles reach up to 3.5 metres tall. Some are jagged, some look like mushrooms and some look like they are pointing to the sky.

Amazing colour.
Big Pinnacles

LAKE THETIS

We also visited Lake Thetis in the town of Cervantes. Lake Thetis is a saline coastal lake where you can find stromatolites.  (google says –  Lichen stromatolites are a proposed mechanism of formation of some kinds of layered rock structure that are formed above water, where rock meets air, by repeated colonisation of the rock by endolithic lichens) Nearly extinct in marine environments, they live a precarious existence in only a few localities worldwide. Check them out! As you walk around the lake you can see them at the water’s edge and some just on the bank of the lake. The lake is fed by a natural spring coming up from the limestone underneath.

Stromatolites

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