Hutt River Principality
The Hutt River Principality is a self-proclaimed Independent Sovereign State that succeeded from Australia in April 1970. All are welcome to visit the principality, get their passport stamped, post a letter, view the museum, or perhaps pick up a souvenir. The affable Prince Graeme will gladly chat about sovereign international law, the family’s fight for their land rights, and show you to the on-site museum. With over 13,000 honorary citizens scattered around the world, various mentions in legal thesis about international sovereign law, this small corner of Western Australia has joined other self-proclaimed micro-nations to challenge existing states and the laws that govern them.
Length of Trip : It will take you a while to get there, but plan on spending a couple hours looking around when you do.
Cost : It costs a few bucks per person for your Visa. Prince Graeme is usually around to issue them (and have a great conversation). It costs $5 if you decide to camp.
Best time to go : Open year round, between 9am and 4pm daily.
Wheelchair friendly : Yes
Family friendly : Yes
Where to eat :
There's a few snacks and beverages you can purchase in Hutt River, so I suggest grabbing something to eat in Northampton. There'a a fresh bakery for sandwiches and pies on the highway just before you leave town.
Official Site :
Click here for more information on Hutt River
Where to Stay :
The closest hotel to the Hutt River Province is in Kalbarri, but you can camp for $5 per person per night on the premises.
Getting There :
The Principality is located about 100km north from Geraldton, or about six hours drive from Perth. Once you leave Northampton on the highway, turn off at Chilimony Rd. Turn left at Ogilvie Rd. The main border entry is on the right, about 10 minute’s drive along the road.
Note from Robin :
In February 2018, Prince Leonard officially stepped aside so that his son, Prince Graeme, can take over his reign. Did you know that Hutt River is of comparable size to Hong Kong. There's a lot more going on here than meets the eye, so it's worth doing some reading up beforehand.