Zeb and Eider Duck Visit Australia’s Second Largest Country

Zeb and Eider Duck and their humans went to the Principality of Hutt River today.   This is an independent sovereign state surrounded by the country of Australia, on the continent of Australia.

Entering Hutt River Province

Entering Hutt River Province.   Our second country on the continent of Australia.

As we drove through the Principality, we soon see the city of Nain, the main town in the Principality of Hutt River.

The main town

The main town

We crossed the Hutt River.

We crossed the beautiful Hutt River

We crossed the beautiful Hutt River

This is a very pretty river.  We pass through the gates welcoming us to the Principality of Hutt River.

We have arrived

We have arrived

Our first stop is the building with the government offices and the post office.

Official offices and post of the Principality of Hutt River

Official offices and post of the Principality of Hutt River

This is where the humans each purchase a visa and get their passport stamped.

Stamped passports

Stamped passports

HRH Prince Leonard, the head of the Principality of Hutt River welcomes us, explains a little about his country, and then takes us on a personal tour of the history building.    This is the flag of the Principality.

The flag of the Principality of Hutt Rier

The flag of the Principality of Hutt Rier

The plaque states that the Principality of Hutt River successfully ceded from Australia on the Twenty First Day of April 1970.   Hutt River has been an independent and sovereign state since that day.  They celebrated 45 years of independence this year.   Here is a photo of Prince Leonard with some human tourists.

HRH Prince Leonard with tourists

HRH Prince Leonard with tourists

We later visited the inter denominational chapel.

Interdenominational chapel

Inter denominational chapel

The interior of the chapel is very nice.

Inside the chapel

Inside the chapel

Prince Leonard commissioned several paintings for the chapel.   This, by Frank Pash, is The River Jordan in Jericho, where Jesus was baptized.

The River Jordan

The River Jordan

This welcome booth contains several documents, including the story of the independence and creation of this Principality.

Welcome to Hutt River

Welcome to Hutt River

There are also letters from the government of Australia saying that they are nonresidents of Australia.

Certificate of non resident status from Australia

Certificate of non resident status from Australia

Therefore there is no taxable income for Australia and no tax is due to Australia.   This is a scientific memorial.

Memorial to the late Princess Shirley

Memorial to the late Princess Shirley

It is dedicated to the late Princess Shirley and has an oriental theme.

Momument has oriental look

Momument has oriental look

Our last stop is back to the post office to purchase and mail a few postcards.   The post cards were addressed and then placed in an envelope from the Principality of Hutt River.

Eider on the front of envelope

Eider on the front of envelope

The back of the envelope has the Hutt River postmark and a stamp issued by the Principality of Hutt River.

Zeb on the back of envelope

Zeb on the back of envelope

We liked the Principality of Hutt River and Prince Leonard was extremely informative, friendly and very nice.  For more information about the Principality, visit http://www.principality-hutt-river.com   This website will tell you more about the formation of the sovereign state and upcoming events.   If you are in Western Australia, near Kalbarri and the beautiful Kalbarri National Park, you would enjoy a few hours at the Principality of Hutt River.   The country is also a working wheat farm, so the land is beautiful.   Leaving Hutt River, these Hutt River kangaroos crossed the road in front of us.

Hutt River kangaroos

Hutt River kangaroos

We like to watch kangaroos hopping   We hope you get a chance to visit Prince Leonard in the Principality of Hutt River.

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