Welcome to Cervantes
Cervantes derived its name from an American whaling ship which had been wrecked within that vicinity on 10th July 1844.
There was a general lack of interest in Cervantes prior to World War II but subsequently became a base along the coastline for crayfishermen. The first person to consider settling in Cervantes was Max Beissel who in the 1950's fished off shore and delivered to a freezer boat moored in the sheltered Ronsard Bay.
Jetties were constructed in 1962 by Tropical Traders and in 1967 by the Cervantes Export Processing Company and from this Cervantes was gradually opened up culminating in 1962 when the Department of Land Surveys excised 505 hectares of the Nambung Reserve to establish a townsite for people engaged in the crayfishing industry.
There is amazing street art on both private and public property all throughout Cervantes - keep your eyes open! For more information, see the team at the Pinnacles Visitor Centre / newsagency / post office on Cadiz Street.
The Pinnacles at Nambung National Park
The Pinnacles, visited by approximately 150,000 visitors every year from all over the world, are spectacular limestone rock structures that have formed over thousands of years and appear to rise from the desert sand. These amazing formations result from a combination of water, quartz, limestone and sand. There are now over 150,000 of these fascinating formations standing up to 5 metres tall. Some of the Pinnacles have a tombstone-like shape while others rise from the desert plain in jagged columns.
Walk or drive the 4km loop trail with vantage points and parking spots along the way. Visit the Pinnacles Desert Discovery visitor and interpretive centre to learn about the history, flora and fauna of the unique park and purchase souvenirs in the retail gift shop.
To get there: Drive 10km south of Cervantes and take the turnoff to Pinnacles Drive, following it for 7km to the entrance to the park. A $12 entry fee per vehicle applies. Don't forget a hat, sturdy shoes, drinking water and your camera.
Lake Thetis and the Stromatolites
Lake Thetis is an inland saline lake just over 1km from the centre of Cervantes. It is estimated the lake became isolated from the sea about 4,800 years ago when sea levels dropped and coastal dunes formed around the Lake. The lake is one of only a few places in the world with living marine stromatolites or living fossils. The Lake Thetis stromatolites exhibit unusual columnar branching. These narrow, closely spaced and almost parallel columns are extremely rare in modern stromatolites and are predicted to be around 3,370 years old.
To get there: Walk or drive 1km south of town to Hansen Bay Lookout Road. The lake is 1.3km from the turnoff. From the carpark there is easy walking access along a boardwalk for 200m or continue on a 1.5km bushwalk around the lake (see http://trailswa.com.au/trails/lake-thetis-loop-trail for further details).
Hansen Bay Lookout
Just past Lake Thetis, walk a further 2km for spectacular vistas of the Cervantes islands, town and Lake Thetis.
Aragon Street Foreshore & Town Beach
On the doorstep of the Pinnacles Holiday Park is a beautiful foreshore with paved walkways, large grassed area, beach volleyball (net available from the holiday park office), gas BBQ's, children's playground, public toilets and direct access to a beautiful white sand beach. Grab a coffee from Seashell's Cafe and watch the world go by.
Drive or walk to the end of Seville Street or stroll south along the beach. This spot is popular with windsurfers and kite-surfers and is a great vantage point for the Cervantes islands. The whaling ship 'Cervantes' was wrecked here in the 1840's and lies 0.5n miles WSW from here and its remains can be seen on the seabed in clear conditions.
Sports and Activities
As well as beautiful walking and cycling tracks you can enjoy tennis, beach volleyball, golf and lawn bowls. Hire golf clubs and a volleyball net from the Pinnacles Holiday Park, tennis court keys are available from the Pinnacles Motel (bring your own racquet and balls) and lawn bowl venue and equipment hire from Cervantes Country Club.
Why not do the Town Loop Walk? Starting from the Pinnacles Holiday Park follow Aragon Street past the service station to Lake Thetis and the Hansen Bay Lookout. Head towards Thirsty Point and follow the coast to the Aragon Street Foreshore. Continue north past the Lobster Shack to the jetty and take Catalonia Street back to the town centre. Ensure that you have adequate drinking water, sun protection (hat, clothing, sunscreen) and sturdy shoes.
The towns of Jurien Bay and Cervantes along with the coastal shack communities of Grey and Wedge Island were first settled by early crayfishing pioneers.
The coastal settlements within the Shire of Dandaragan are home to a healthy cray fishing and rock lobster industry. The western rock lobster’s tasty reputation has made it a multi-million dollar industry, with shipments regularly sent to Japan and the United States.
You can now experience the Rock Lobster industry first hand at the Cervantes Lobster Shack. Located on the beach front in Cervantes, the lobster processing factory offers the complete lobster experience from lobster pot to cooking pot.
The Lobster Shack provides a close up encounter with the most valued single species fishery in Australia; the Western Rock Lobster. Jump on board the latest member of the family fishing fleet, the “Shack Attack.” The state of art lobster fishing vessel enables our visitors to experience a day in the life of a lobster fishermen. Once back at shore, see how the lobsters are processed in the factory and packaged up to be sent LIVE to destinations all over the world.
The Lobster Shack recently won Bronze medal for Tourist Attraction and Excellence in Food Tourism at the 2013 Western Australian Tourism Awards. For further information follow the link below or call ph: 08 9652 7010
Fishing and Boating
There's a fishing spot for everyone whether it's from a boat, at the jetty or off the beach. For boat fishers, join a fishing charter from the Lobster Shack or launch your own vessel from the jetty at the northern end of Catalonia Street. Fishing equipment and bait is available to purchase from several outlets in town. Sunset is the peak fishing time so even if you're not into fishing, take a walk along the jetty, enjoy the coastal sunset and check out everyone's catch.
Fishing for People with Disabilities
The map identifies fishing locations across Western Australia categorised according to accessibility. The map presents appropriate locations for people to go fishing regardless of whether they are elderly, have poor balance or mobility, are families with young children, use a wheelchair, or are carers looking after persons with a disability
Drive 10km south from Cervantes turnoff on Indian Ocean Drive (just past Pinnacles Drive turnoff) to discover a stunning white sand beach located within the Nambung National Park. Onsite are picnic facilities, gas BBQ's, public toilets and picnic tables with gazebos. Beach boat launch also onsite (4WD essential).
Hill River can be found between Cervantes and Jurien Bay. The river mouth at Hill River spills into the ocean only few times per year. The area is only accessible by 4WD and is popular for fishing, kayaking, bird watching, sandboarding, snorkelling, swimming and recreational 4WDing.
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