WA’s weird wonders

When it comes to the weird but wonderful, few places do it better than Australia. As a nation where practically everyone lives on the coast, there are still vast swathes of the Land Down Under that haven’t been happened across by humans for decades.

As such an enormous continent where nature is still allowed to take its course, there are a number of intriguing sights to take in, not least in the West. If you’re a member of the Wyndham Timeshare holiday family, you’ll be perfectly placed to explore everything that Western Australia has to offer, especially as there are two Wyndham Resorts in the area - Wyndham Outram Perth and Wyndham Resort & Spa Dunsborough. 

Here are three fascinating Western Australia sights for you to seek out on your all-inclusive timeshare holiday:

The Pinnacles, Cervantes

Found just a couple of hour’s drive from Perth, walking among the The Pinnacles is akin to what it must be like to take a stroll through downtown Mars. The Pinnacles are a scattering of misshapen limestone rocks, carved by millions of years of relentless winds that blew sand particles over sea shells.

In time, bizarre columns were formed – some have fallen as the years have passed, whereas others look unerringly like the ghostly shapes of people, and you’ll feel a sense of strange wonderment as you wander among them

West Wallabi Island

The story of West Wallabi Island is one of mutiny and murder, bravery and treachery. When the Dutch galleon Batavia ran aground off the shore of the Houtman Abrolhos Islands off the coast of Western Australia, two officers, Ariaen Jacobz and Jeronimus Cornelisz, took it upon themselves to take command of the ship, seizing all of the food and supplies and keeping the rest of the survivors hostage. A group of soldiers, the only threat to the two men’s mutinous plans, were rounded up and sent on a longboat to West Wallabi Island, where it was hoped that they would perish.

Perish they didn’t, though, as West Wallabi Island grants easy access to its eastern brother, which is replete with fresh water and suitable food – the Tammar wallaby. When the dastardly mutineers discovered that the abandoned soldiers were not only alive and well, but also had an endless supply of sustenance, they became enraged and attempted a series of attacks on the island to claim their bounty.  

With the mutineers supplies low, they were under-nourished and under-trained, proving no match for the abandoned soldiers on the island. Indeed, the experienced soldiers even built limestone forts and makeshift weapons and after several battles, the mutineers were overcome.

Today, West Wallabi Island is home to a broad array of plant life, endemic wildlife, and the shelters and walls that protected those brave soldiers all those years ago. Indeed, they are among Australia’s oldest known European structures.

Principality of Hutt River

When is a nation not a nation? When it’s a micronation, of course, and you can find the first and oldest of its kind in the Hutt River region of Western Australia. 

In 1970, five farming families chose to club together in the face of the Australian government who were trying to claim their land. They didn’t go to the gates of Parliament armed with pitchforks, though. No – instead, they did what any other wronged farmer would do and took advantage of a 500-year-old British law that allowed them to secede from the Commonwealth of Australia.

The ruler of the Principality of Hutt River, His Royal Highness Prince Leonard of Hutt, oversees a tiny spit of land that has its own mint, coins, passport, postage stamps and driving licences – privileges it earned after it declared war on Australia in 1977. Thankfully the ‘war’ didn’t last more than a few days, and peace was declared – the Principality has remained independent ever since. 

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As with any large state worth its salt, some of these spots might take a bit of driving, but well worth it we think.  Send us a postcard from the Principality of Hutt!

 

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