The journey so far

From then till now

I’m eternally grateful for being born & raised in Hastings, Sussex – UK, where a fun-filled childhood exploring  unspoiled woodlands instilled a powerful sense of adventure. Aged sixteen I hitch-hiked to Spain  with the princely sum of 10 pounds in my pocket. Initially living rough sleeping on the beach I was eventually hosted by kind locals concerned for my safety. I lasted three months by working in bars where I began learning guitar and basic Spanish.

Aged seventeen I arrived in Sydney, Australia to immediately fall in love with the fabulous surfing beaches and exciting new lifestyle that enabled a wide variety of work and travel. Eventually becoming a professional musician provided the best possible MO to further travel the world and experience different cultures and diverse ways of life. Along the way the many and varied jobs included builders laborer, taxi driver, wharfie, salesman, and plant machine operator in Port Headland’s iron ore industry to eventually become a seaman on the Port Hedland tugs and writing four books.

Here I met Dineke and after settling into our relationship we decided to buy a coastal block of land at Cervantes to custom-design and purpose-build a budget holiday accommodation facility. This took the form of Pinnacles Beach Backpackers commissioned in January 1997 and was added to with the more upmarket Cervantes Lodge Motel and Don Quixote’s Restaurant in 2003.

We went on to win the WA Tourism Award three years in a row and proudly represented WA in our category at the national tourism awards.

One month short of twenty years successful tourism and hospitality operations we sold the business and moved to Secret Harbour.

Pictured below is what we created from the ground up and the wonderful place we lived. Happily we now live in another equally wonderful place where an exciting new chapter begins.

Four years prior I became aware of the serious dangers presented by fracking. Along with increasingly concerned Cervantes townsfolk we attempted to alert the Dandaragan shire council of the perilous threat to the environment and fresh water reserves. This well-intentioned caution was contemptuously ignored provoking an ongoing struggle against systemic government corruption and institutionalized maleficence. The fight gave rise to Cervantes Network News which now morphs into Secret Harbour Sessions. All previous broadcasts can be viewed on VIMEO or YouTube.