|Jurien Bay, like many of the towns we have past in the last few days, is a coastal village based on fishing and to a lesser extent, tourism. Most of the caravan parks in these towns are predominantly made up of permanent residents, presumably as a result of the housing shortages experienced everywhere in WA at present. Many new estates are being established on the edge of town as a result.
Jurien is a great little town with lovely beach plus islands about 5km off shore. The park we stay at is surprisingly cheap and also has a jumping pillow. The kids are in heaven and immediately link up with another family who we met back at Cape Range National Park. These kids are actually schooled through the same Distance Ed School as Soli & enjoyed the chance to work together on the same table - more like real school!
On our second day, we head out about 30km south to the Pinnacles, which are a bizarre formation of Limestone rocks between 2 and 5 metres high that jut out from sand dunes.
Soli is reluctant to go as he is having too much fun with his friends on the jumping pillow and states "the pinnacles are just a few rocks stuck in the ground! Doesn't sound like anything!" We head off nevertheless.
When we arrive, the terrain looks almost like the backdrop of a Star Wars movie and makes for some great photos. Its Melbourne cup day and we hit the national park just as the race is starting. We spend our Melbourne cup listening to the race on the car radio outside the park toilets! Fortunately we are not big race fans. Jo's pick came in second; Stu gave his horse (the favourite) the kiss of death who came in second last or something equally as dismal!
After spending a couple of hours driving around the Pinnancles, we head off to the nearby Hangover Bay for lunch which provides another secluded beach with snorkeling and turquoise waters. It's a bit windy however (surprise surprise) and we don't have our snorkeling gear so just admire it from the beach. Gorgeous spot.