Cervantes (including The Pinnacles)
Quiet fishing village near the remarkable Pinnacles
Located 245 km north of Perth, Cervantes is a pleasant, rather underdeveloped, fishing village and holiday destination..
It has that temporary and transient feel of a place which hasn't quite settled itself in. . Like all of the coast on the Central West the town is surrounded by spectacular displays of wildflowers in the spring. The Nambung National Park is particularly impressive.
Cervantes is one of Western Australia's newest towns. It was as recently as 1962 that the government removed 505 hectares from the northwest corner of the Nambung National Park to establish a town.
Cervantes takes its name from an American whaling ship which was wrecked off the coast in 1844. Apparently the Cervantes was anchored off Thirsty Point, the promontory which lies to the west of the town and separates Nambung Bay (to the south) from Ronsard Bay in the north, when a gale blew up and the ship was blown ashore on an island to the south of the point. The ship was not badly damaged but due to difficulty of repairs all the contents were sold on the site. The island was named Cervantes and, in 1963, it was given to the small township which had sprung up on the mainland.
You will notice our street names and parks are named with Spain in mind