Cervantes Information Sheet 01/12/2017
Hello & welcome to cervantes
Our township is named after an American Wooden 3 masted Whaling Vessel called Cervantes.
On 28th June, 1844 under the command of Captain Sylvanus Gibson, they anchored to do a spot of fishing.
A sudden gale sprung up and before there was time to get further from the coast, became grounded. The Hull
can still be seen on a clear day in front of the Cervantes Islands GPS (wgs84) S 30o 30.802' E115o 03.004,
Depth 4 metres. The Whaling Vessel was named after Miguel de Cervantes author of Don Quixote. In 1962,
505 hectares of the Nambung Reserve were allocated for the town site, which was gazetted the following year.
From there our streets and parks are named with Spain in mind.
We have an average population of 500 and our principal industry is Rock Lobster Fishing and Tourism.
The average Mean Temperature for December is Max – 28.2c, Min – 15.6.c, Rainfall – 6.5mm
Looking for Accommodation? We have Accommodation – To suit everyone, from Beachfront to Budget,
Cervantes Accommodation Services check out our website www.visitpinnaclescountry.com.au
Why not do a Tour while here in our lovely area?
Fishing Charters. Lobster Factory 11-3. Sea Lion Tours. Bookings in store or on Web
We do not charge booking or credit card fees.
THIRSTY POINT – West end off Seville Street. It was named when the Army protected our coastline and there was no drinking water to be found. Absolutely beautiful. Watch the waves criscross, with the backdrop being Beautiful blue clear water and the Cervantes Islands. Lookout offers spectacular panoramic views of the ocean, surrounding bays and the township. Very popular for Wind/Kite surfers What a spot to watch the sun kiss the ocean. From here you can go along the Walk Trail to Hansen Bay View Lookout. Sunset approx 7.05pm til Last Light 7.32pm.
Full moon (04/12/17). New Moon 18/12/17, stars a bright
Europa Anchor – Aragon St. was retrieved off the Europa Ship which was wrecked off the coast.
Walking – All around Cervantes. Check out our new Art Trail, info sheet available in store.
Walk trail Thirsty Point Lookout to Hansen Bay Lookout approx 4km one way.
Pinnacles Loop. Beaches and Paths.
Sports – Tennis Keys from Motel T 96527145. Golf Clubs & Lawn Bowls hire from Country Club T 96527 054,
Volleyball/Net from Caravan Park T 96527 060, CCRC Hire T 96527300, Skate Park.
Wind & Kite Surfing,
Public Parks – Tables & Chairs, Toilets. Cnr. Aragon & Catalonia Streets. South end Corunna Street
-(BBQ also). Weston Street. Catalonia Park. Tranquilo Park opposite Shops on Cadiz Street.
Fishing - Back Beach, Lead Lights, Ronsard Bay, Off Corunna Road, where you can also drive onto the beach and launch your boat. http://www.lobstershack.com.au/cervantes/beach-fishing/
Boating - Launching Access to Ronsard Bay off Corunna Street. 8 knot speed limit for all boats within 200m of Beach. www.dfes.wa.gov.au/contactus/pages/volunteermarinerescueservices.aspx#JurienBay .
Jetty/Groyne – End of Catalonia St. At night the Jetty is lit up, squid, tailor and herring can often be caught. Please give way to the Cray fishermen. www.fish.wa.gov.au
Swimming – Cervantes is surrounded by Ocean, also Hangover Bay Ocean Temp. approx 20.c .
Beach Combing checkout web http://www.fish.wa.gov.au/Documents/education/beachcombers-field-guide.pdf
Pets – Dog Exercising Area (off lead, but in possession) Hansen Bay access off Barcelona Drive. Ronsard Bay access of Corunna Road to be held on a leash.
Wildflowers – An abundance of wildflowers can be seen all around – blooming amazing.
Lesueur National Park (which is one of the most diversified areas of wildflowers in the world) http://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/lesueur Nambung & Badgingarra NP. Just a simple stroll around our area and you will be pleasantly surprised as to what Mother Nature gives us daily all year round. www.florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au
E A T I N G / D I N I N G O U T
Breakfast – Mobile BettyVan Deluxe Coffee Europa Anchor Restaurant 7-9am, SeaShells Café 8-11(Wed-Sun), Island Café 7am,
Lunch – Lobster Shack - 11.30-3, Cervantes Bar & Bistro, Island Café, Seashells Café (Wed-Sunday),
Seabreeze Café BYO, Country Club 12-2(Wed-Sun), Europa Anchor Restaurant,
Dinner – Cervantes Country Club, Europa Anchor Restaurant, Seabreeze Café BYO,
SeaShells Café 4-8 (Fri-Sun), Cervantes Bar & Bistro, Island Café 6–8pm,
Lobster Shack Opening Hours: Shop 8am – 5pm Lunch 11am – 3pm Factory Tours 12pm – 3pm
Library – Located inside Recreation Centre. Open Tuesday 10-4pm, Thursday 4 - 6pm. No Internet access.
ATM Machine - Lynnes Licka, Country Club, Liberty Station.
WIFI Internet Café - Seashells Café, Europa Café – conditions apply
SHOPPING – Main Hub of Cervantes on Cadiz Street. Light Industrial Area.
Police – 9652 0600, Medical Needs – 9688 7900, Health Direct - 1800 022 222, Fire – 96527 394
or for all Emergencies dial 000 – Mobile with No Service call 112. Poisons Information 131 126,
Shire Ranger –96520 800, D.P.A.W. Office Ranger – 9688 6000. Pinnacles Discovery Centre 96527 913
Radio Stations – tune into 99.5fm or 101.5fm TAB Cervantes Country Club
Waste Transfer Station & Dump Open Monday – Saturday 8.30am – 12 noon, Sunday 1.30 – 5pm
Church Services - Anglican - 3rd Saturday 3.30pm Fire Shed & Catholic - 2nd Sunday 10.30am - Every month on Weston Street
Exploring our Wonderful Nambung National Park . . .
DPAW ask that you leave your Pets at Light Industrial Area, Bradley Loop, Cervantes (unless you have Companion Card) - DPAW Office T 9688 6000 before entering these areas ........
Lake Thetis – 1.3km down Hansen Bay Road. This lake contains Stromatolites and Strombalites, one of the earths’ oldest living life forms. There is a Walk trail approx 1.5km, with boardwalk and viewing areas. The lake has a water level that rises and falls with the tide- indicating a possible connection to the sea by seepage through an underground source. The circular mounds are up to 1m in diameter and 40cm in height. The lake water is 1.3 to 1.4 times more saline than normal seawater. Stromatolites produce oxygen. Without them we might not of evolved? Our lake was named after the sailing ship Thetis (R.Shoesmith nominated.)which was surveying our coastline in 1845 by J.W.Gregory. For those keen on a Sunrise 5.11am, this is the place to be first light approx 4.44am. The majority are under water, but some can be viewed from the Boardwalk. The best examples are at the south western edge of the lake and during the drier months. https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/site/lake-thetis
Kangaroo Point – Approx 6km south on Indian Ocean Drive. Keep your eyes open for Kangaroos, it was named after them for a reason. View the wildflowers on the 2km unsealed road (suitable for normal cars) to the Point, Car park and Beach. BBQ, Picnic areas and Toilets are provided for your use. https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/site/kangaroo-point
Hangover Bay – Inside Nambung NP Approx 10km south on Indian Ocean Drive. This beautiful bay is a must see for all visitors. Wildflowers are also on display and maybe even some of the local fauna. Clear blue water, great for swimming, snorkelling for fishing too. Sometimes you can even catch a wave off the breakers.
Tables, chairs, Gazebos, BBQs , Toilets are all provided for your use . (Wheelchair Friendly) https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/site/hangover-bay
Pinnacles Desert Entrance – Approx 11km south from Cervantes on Indian Ocean Drive, turn left and drive 6km on Pinnacles Road /parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/sites/default/files/downloads/parks/20120320-pinnacles-entry-flyer-dl-print.pdf $13 entry per vehicle. (08) 96527 913. Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre is open daily 9.30am – 4.30pm yes, you will discover what is in many of the national parks in our area. Public Toilets (Wheelchair Friendly) GPS: -30.6035, 115.156
Pinnacles Loop open Daily . You can then drive or walk around a 4km unsealed loop which does not close and is open all year round (suitable for normal sized cars) or park your car and walk (approx 1 hour). Marked bays along the way also enable you to park and walk. The Lookout is (wheelchair friendly) gives you a great overall view, it’s hard to believe you are only 6km from the ocean. The Pinnacles were mistaken for the ruins of an ancient city by Dutch sailors off the coast in 1700. The Pinnacles desert covers an area of approx 400 hectares and contains aeollian-limestone standing up to 3m high. Roughly cylindrical or fluted in shape, they have a diameter of 0.5 to 2m .
Please drop in and see us,
Pinnacles Visitor Centre/ Cervantes Accommodation Services
inside Pinnacles Post & News on Cadiz Street, We are open Every day 8am-5pm
We are a non government funded organization. We do not charge booking or credit card fees.
This information sheet is kindly provided by us, for you, to experience all, around our town.
ENJOY, RESPECT AND LOVE OUR TOWN, LIKE WE, THAT LIVE HERE, DO . www.visitpinnaclescountry.com.au Tel# (08) 96527 700 Freecall 1800 610 660 Fax (08) 96527 277
14-16 Cadiz Street, Cervantes WA 6511 Email email@example.com
The Cervantes Ship Wreck
Courtesy of lobster shack 02/11/17 The story of our little Western Australian coastal town is an historical tale.
Just two hours north of Perth, this town is known for its rock lobster, its fishing spots, and of course, Lobster Shack. But how did the town originate? Where did it come from?
It is actually named after a shipwreck! During the 19th century, whaling was a global industry with people setting sail from around the world to make their fortune.
Western Australia was a plentiful bounty for people who would risk the journey. The Cervantes ship, under the command of Captain Sylvanus Gibson, was one of these brave ships – one that would never return. The ship itself was named after the author of the infamous novel Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes (Ps This is why the streets names and parks of the town have a Spanish influence). Whilst anchored to do some fishing off the coast of Jurien Bay, a sudden wind came through and the ship was stuck fast. Three seamen from the boat arrived in Fremantle, exhausted, reporting the wreck. The Inquirer and Commercial News reported the incident on July 10th, 1844 stating:
‘On Saturday evening between eight and nine o’clock, three seamen belonging to the American whale ship Cervantes, of New Bedford, arrived at Fremantle in an exhausted state, and reported the wreck of that vessel upon an island in Jurien Bay, about 100 miles northward of this. Yesterday, the master, Captain Gibson, and some more of the crew arrived and stated that the vessel was wrecked on the 29th June and that one man had been left about 30 miles beyond the Moore River unable to proceed further, and that six others, after walking some distance with them, had returned to the wreck, with the intention of making their way here in a boat. The vessel was but a short time from America and had only about 10 barrels of oil. The master reports that the vessel is but very little damaged, and likely to remain in a perfect state for a long time. He has applied to the government to send the Champion in search of the missing men, and to bring the effects of himself and crew – an application which will doubtless be complied with. The poor fellows, who are of course, in a destitute state, have been provided for by R.M.B Brown Esq., the Resident Magistrate.’ Instead of trying to salvage the shipwreck, they sold it all off to buyers. The stores and whaling gear went for £155. The wrecksite was only later discovered in 1970 on a sandy bottom in only two metres of water. The wreck still today lies in two to three meters of water, about 0.5 miles west south-west of Thirsty Point. Even today, the quiet little fishing village near the amazing Pinnacles desert, is centred around the marine world. Once you’re in town, you will be able to see elements of the shipwreck scattered throughout the town (including the Don Quixote-esque anemometer at the entrance to the town). Opposite the Cervantes Pinnacles Motel, you will also find the Europa anchor retrieved from the ship Europe off the coast of Cervantes.
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Western Australia click on http://www.westernaustralia.com/au/Pages/Welcome_to_Western_Australia.aspx
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Cervantes was named after a ship was wrecked nearly which was named after author Miguel de Cervantes, a Spanish writer who is widely regarded as the greatest writer of Spanish language and one of the worl’s pre-eminent novelists. His major work ‘Don Quixote’ was the first modern novel and still today, considered the best works of fiction ever written.The ship, Cervantes, was originally built as a whaling brig with one deck, square stern and a billet head. It was copper fastened and had a coppered bottom. It was built in 1836 in Bathe, Maine, and registered in that port on 4 October 1836. The first whaling voyage to Western Australia had taken place in late 1841.The Cervantes was anchored in Jurien Bay and the crew were fishing when a gale blew up. Before the vessel could make sail and weather the gale out at sea it was driven on to a sand-bar. The crew got ashore, and three of them arrived in Perth on 6 July 1844 to report the loss.The wreck peacefully rests in two to three metres off water and 0.5n WSW of Thirsty Point, with timbers from the boat found on Cervantes beach in 2002.Today the town thrives from dual industries: fishing and tourism. Boasting white sandy beaches and turquoise waters teeming with marine life, Cervantes is a popular choice for fishing holidays and relaxed family getaways. Crayfish are in abundance between November to June and is only a 15 minute drive to the spectacular Pinnacles. These amazing natural limestone structures, some standing as high as 5 metres, were formed approximately 25,000 to 30,000 years ago is a major attraction for people around the world.
SANDBOARDING - head upto Jurien Bay - Tiges Surf Shop $25.00 all day Sandboard Hire - Sandy Cape
5 April 2016 New Free Nature-based Campsites in the Shire of Dandaragan Unanimous support was given by the Councillors of the Shire of Dandaragan at their March Council Meeting to endorse six Shire Reserves as rest areas for nature-based camping. Of the six sites presented to Council, three are available as free camps for up to 72 hours and the other three sites are available as 24-hour rest stops. The sites are existing rest stops within the Shire but all had been previously designated picnic areas with no overnight camping allowed. Shire President Leslee Holmes said the Shire was keen to provide camping facilities for all types of travellers and encourage longer stays in the region. “Our Shire has so many beautiful natural assets that appeal to travellers and having camping options including caravan parks, recreational and transit parks, private property camping, overflow camping in peak periods and now free camping appeals to a broad range of the traveller market and we look forward to welcoming them all. The seventy-two hour campsites we have endorsed are not just carparks on the side of a busy road either, they are beautifully shaded and peaceful places that would be a pleasure for self-contained campers to enjoy the serenity of the bush.” Shire Chief Executive Officer Tony Nottle added: “The Shire was aware of the lack of overnight rest stops in our region and travellers had raised concerns, particularly about fatigue management. Endorsing overnight rest stops allows self-contained travellers to arrive late and then potentially spend the next day enjoying our Shire, which encourages increased spending in small businesses and is a boost for our local economies, rather than travellers not stopping at all.” The sites endorsed for 72-hour nature-based camping are:
Drummonds Reserve, Bibby Road GPS: S 30° 29’20.7” E 115° 26’04.7” 4.29km west of Brand Highway 45.1km east of Indian Ocean Drive
Wandoo Reserve, Jurien East Road GPS: S 30° 28’5.8” E 115° 21’21.6” 16.47km west of Brand Highway 31.79km east of Indian Ocean Drive
Tuarts Reserve, Cervantes Road GPS: S 30° 25’03.0” E 115° 08’20.1” 40.26km east of Brand Highway 9.19km west of Indian Ocean Drive
The sites endorsed for 24-hour rest stops are:
Hakea Reserve, Bibby Road GPS: S 30° 28’05.8” E 115° 21’21.6” 12.26km west of Brand Highway 37.19km east of Indian Ocean Drive
Banksia Reserve, Cervantes Road GPS: S 30° 23’32.86” E 115° 10’50.86” 35.31km west of Brand Highway 14.14km east of Indian Ocean Drive
Smokebush Reserve, Jurien East Road GPS: S 30° 13’27.6” E 115° 14’16.6” 10.6km west of Brand Highway 37.66km east of Indian Ocean Drive
Each site has rubbish bins provided but all campers must be otherwise fully self-contained with their own drinking water and portable toilet facilities with holding cassettes for waste. In the near future the Shire will install new signage outlining the camping policy in each reserve to replace the existing ‘No Camping’ signs. An outline of the new camping facilities, as well as a Camping Map and the Shire’s Camping Code of Conduct can be found on the Shire’s website: http://www.dandaragan.wa.gov.au/camping-information.aspx For further information please contactthe Chief Executive Officer, Tony Nottle on 9652 0800 Shire of Dandaragan - Bashford Street, Jurien Bay WA 6516Ph. (08) 9652 0800Fax (08) 9652 1310