Houtman Abrolhos Islands
Approximately 60km offshore from Kalbarri, the Houtman Abrolhos is a chain of 122 islands and associated coral reefs. it is the southern most true coral reef in the indian ocean and one of the highest altitude reef systems in the world.
It is one of the world's most important seabird breeding sites and is the centre of Western Australia's largest single species fishery - the Western Rock Lobster fishery. It has a small seasonal population of fishermen and a limited number of tourists are permitted for day trips, however most of the area is off limits as a conservation habitat. It is well known as the site of numerous shipwrecks, the most famous being the Batavia, wrecked in 1629 on Morning Reef this ended in a tragic mutiny.
Flights are available from Kalbarri to land on the island of East Wallabi, giving you the opportunity to swim & snorkel in the pristine waters.
Located off the main road on the northern entrance to Kalbarri, an unsealed road takes you to the site of the original lead smelter for Geraldine mine. One of the first to be built in WA and despite having laid dormant for over 150 years, the mine is still rich with history. The mine operated in the 1850's & 60's after Augustus Gregory discovered lead while exploring for pastoral development. It still retains solid stone work and foundations from it's working days.
Today these sites are adorned with wildflowers in season and a great spot to visit if you have time. 4 wheel drive is recommended only if continuing to the mine itself.
Horrocks Beach is located on the coast 25 km west of Northampton or 85 km south of Kalbarri. The town site is a small coastal settlement used mainly for holiday and recreation. It is also home to the fishing families, which uses the protected waters for a haven from the prevailing winds.
Horrocks offers a relaxing holiday for all the family with fishing and swimming topping the list of things to do. There is a general store, fuel station, fish and chip shop, public telephone and a fantastic foreshore, playground and jetty to keep the kids entertained.
Northampton a town of approximately 750 people is located 50km north of Geraldton. The surrounding wheat and pastoral farms use Northampton as a base. Visitors will find a rich history of both Aboriginal and European activity. Copper and lead were discovered in the district in 1849 and Northampton grew as a mining town supporting Geraldine Lead Mining Company, the first lead producer in Australia. Northampton has retained many of its original buildings and was declared an historic town in 1993.
The Heritage Railway Line, Gwala cemetery & church ruins, give visitors a real life history lesson, while the Botanic Line has a beautiful wildflower display in season. History buffs should not miss this small town gem.
Hutt River Province
The Principality consists of undulating farmland well covered in places with a wealth of shrubs and wildflowers.
H.R.H. Prince Leonard has named parts of the Principality with such identities as Lake Beginning, Mount Secession, Lake Serenity and Wild Boar Gorge. His town has been developed with many buildings to provide facilities for the tourists who visit in their thousands each year.
These facilities include The Administration Building containing the Government Office and Post Office, Tea Rooms with Swimming Pool and a charming Inter-Denominational Chapel as well as the arcade housing the Memorabilia Dept. and Historical Society displays.
The province is open for visitors between 10am and 4pm daily. Visitor visa’s are available in the Government Offices or at Kalbarri visitor Centre for a minimal charge. Passports may also be stamped for Entry/Exit at no charge.
Upon arrival you will be met by HRH Prince Leonard, or in his absence, another member of the Royal Family who will warmly greet you and guide you through the Principality's main buildings.
During this tour you will be shown all matters of importance and interest and the story of the Principality and its People will unfold. A great opportunity exists, at this point, for you to have any questions that you may have answered and Prince Leonard and his Family will be only to happy to assist. Basic facilities exist for campers or caravans/mobile homes to camp for a night or two with an ablution block, generated power and limited water available for use. These simple facilities, along with the relaxation afforded by the Principality's private swimming pool in summer (free for use) we trust will enable you to take a short break and alleviate the need for the traveler to rush his visit.
It's official name of Hutt Lagoon was given by explorer George Grey who camped on its edge in 1839.
Hutt Lagoon is a salt lake with a pink hue due to the presence of the carotenoid producing algae, Dunaliella salina, which is a source of beta-carotene, used as a food-colouring agent and source of Vit A. in cosmetics and supplements. The lagoon contains the worlds largest microalgae production plant. Hutt Lagoon also provides a commercial supply of Artemia parthenogenetica brine shrimp, Artemia is a specialty feed used by prawn & fish farmers and the aquarium trade.