Another windy night and a neighbour told us people who were on this site before have headed for home, beaten by the wind but they are crossing the Nullabor so I think they’ll have a lot more to deal with yet. Maybe the next time we go away we’ll remember that March and September are the windiest months and avoid them.
Geraldton isn’t lively on a Sunday. We missed the Market that was on near the Info Centre but we weren’t looking for it anyway, just stumbled on it coming back from the Wharf. There are 7 big ships waiting offshore so I think even the big dock is closed on Sundays. We had a very tasty lunch of Fish & Chips at the wharf but before that we went to see the memorial to the Sydney, it’s a real work of art. The dome is made with seagull shapes, one for each sailor who died and because it’s on a hill overlooking the sea I think it will look fantastic as a silhouette against the sunset so we’re going back again later.
There is a good Museum here, recently built with plenty of information about the various wrecks and also salvaged materials. There are also displays related to mining in the area, fishing and Aboriginal history. The Abrolhos Islands have been the scene of most wrecks and fishermen put huts there for use during the Lobster season now apparently there are plans to make islands available for tourists –book your own island for a holiday. It will be interesting to see how that develops.
There are lovely new buildings around the town and the colours of some remind me of new brightly coloured Qld houses. The modern “row houses” look terrific. No shops are open in the centre of town but the shopping centre in Sunset Beach was open so we don’t have to resort to our “K rations” now. The fridge isn’t big (unless you’re lifting it or finding space for it) so we can’t stock up for more than a few days.
Tomorrow we’re heading down the coast to Cervantes to see the Pinnacles – maybe we’ll find windmills and Don Quixote.