Cervantes derived its name from an American whaling ship that was wrecked just off the coast on 10th July 1844.
The first person to settle in Cervantes was Max Beissel who in the 1950’s fished off shore and delivered to a freezer boat moored in the sheltered Ronsard Bay.
Jetties were constructed in 1962 by Tropical Traders and in 1967 by the Cervantes Export Processing Company. From this Cervantes was gradually opened up culminating in 1962 when the Department of Land Surveys excised 505 hectares of the Nambung Reserve to establish a town site for people engaged in the cray fishing industry.
Cervantes now has a permanent population of over 500 people plus many more holiday home owners that are regular visitors. The town has a general store, service station, pharmacy, liquor store, post office, a country club and tavern, several cafes and restaurant options and a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.
Enjoy your visit to Cervantes – Gateway to the Pinnacles. For a town map of Cervantes click here.
This is a great place to visit for travellers. Whether you’re on a family holiday or a romantic getaway the Lobster Shack has something for everyone. With daily factory tours running between 12am – 3pm you can learn about the history of the crayfishing industry in the region and how it operates today. The restaurant is open daily between 11-3pm serving fresh lobster meals and great fish and chips.
It’s a must see when you’re on the Turquoise Coast. They also run fishing charters, sea lion tours & crayfish pot-pulling tours.
For more information visit www.lobstershack.com.au
Lake Thetis is a saline coastal lake and one of only a few places in the world with living marine stromatolites. The Lake Thetis stromatolites exhibit unusual columnar branching. These narrow, closely spaced and almost parallel columns are extremely rare in modern stromatolites.
Alongside the stromatolites, a diverse array of benthic microbial communities, such as algal mats, inhabit various layers of the lake. Some of these algal mats are associated with the stromatolites while most confine themselves to a particular area such as the high foreshore areas, splash zone or the central basin of the lake.
The lake water is alkaline and nutrient poor but provides an ideal environment for bottom dwelling microbial communities. The lake contains some small fish, amphiods and a few crustacean species adapted to living in highly saline environments.
The stromatolite community is threatened by nutrient enrichment and physical crushing. An interim recovery plan is currently being written which will provide direction to further protect this extremely valuable community for future generations.
Around the edge of the lake is a pleasant bushwalk trail stretching for 1.5km.
An ongoing project coordinated by the talented and artistic members of the Cervantes community, the art trail is designed to highlight interesting features around the town as you walk, ride or drive around.
The future plan includes many more installations to create vibrant spaces around town. You will see the first pieces as you drive into town along Cervantes Road but for a comprehensive map of the art trail call into the Pinnacles Visitor Centre inside the post office on Cadiz Street.
Please be aware that some art installations are on private property so access is limited.
On the doorstep of the RAC Cervantes Holiday Park is a beautiful foreshore with paved walkways, a large grassed area, beach volleyball (net available from the holiday park office), gas BBQ’s, a children’s playground, public toilets and direct access to a beautiful white sand beach. Grab a coffee from Seashell’s Cafe and watch the world go by.
If you head south from the foreshore you’ll arrive at Thirsty Point. This spot is very popular with kite-surfers and wind-surfers and a great vantage point to view the Cervantes islands.