26.03.2017 - 27.03.2017 23 °C
The rain came down all night but had stopped when we arose to pack up and leave Margaret River. After a long drive we arrived in Cervantes and booked into the caravan park for the night so we could go out to the Pinnacles. We had planned a sunrise trip to the Pinnacles but the receptionist at the park suggested dusk was better so we headed out there that evening to drive the loop around the Nambung National Park.
There were quite a few people out there for the sunset and the first thought was that dawn would have been a better option. The rock formations here are quite unusual and interesting to see and we spent quite a while here taking photos and waiting for the sun to set. Unfortunately cloud blocked out the sun just as it was setting so the magical sunset wasn’t happening for us or all the others with cameras in hand waiting for the golden moment.
Next morning we had a slow start to the day as we didn’t have far to travel to Sandy Cape which is camp ground behind the dunes with toilets. It seems they have spent some money here by sealing the road in and installing new toilets. We had set up camp before lunch and the weather was sunny with a light offshore wind. After lunch we drove along the coast to check out Green Head and Leeman which were small seaside fishing towns. Then it was a drive out to Stockyard Gully to visit the caves.
The road out to the caves is at first bitumen, then a good wide gravel road and then on entering the National Park the road is 4wd only and consists of deep sand and rocky sections which require low range but we didn’t need to lower tyre pressures. The cave is formed where the creek goes through a hill and has a sandy floor which takes you through a large cave which continues on for a good distance and is pitch black when you get away from the entrance. It winds around and eventually comes out into the light again at the other side of the hill. In the middle of the cave are other small caves which branch off but they are small and require climbing up to the entrance and then crawling to enter them. The drive in and the walk through the cave was a lot of fun and well worth the trip out there.
When we got back to camp the wind was very strong and cold and we almost packed up and left as it wasn’t pleasant but decided to stay the night and see how it was the next day. The camp sites here have no protection from the easterly winds except for a couple that were taken in the SE corner. The beach was covered in seaweed and it was also in the water so you couldn’t fish or swim here. The wind dropped off during the night and it was ok when we awoke so we decided to stay, but an hour later it was back so we packed up and moved on to Kalbarri in search of warmer weather.