Prevelly

Prevelly, Western Australia Prevelly (also known as Prevelly Park)is a coastal town located at the mouth of Margaret River, roughly 286km south-wouth-west of Perth in Western Australia. The area was originally farming land, however in the 1950's Geoff Edwards bought a large piece of land along the coast, 10kms from the town of Margaret River. He built a caravan park and chalets then began a one man advertising campaign to promote his piece of paradise, by sticking up signs all over the State. The signs would indicate to motorists how far it was to Prevelly. Curiosity killed the cat and eventually people began to investigate this strange place Prevelly. Once people saw how beautiful the coastal area was, they were hooked.

Prevelly Monastery, Prevelly Beach, Western AustraliaMr Edwards owned, not only the Caravan Park, but much of the surrounding area and gave it the name of Prevelly, after the Greek Monastery, Preveli, which is located on the island of Crete.

The monastery had become an important part of Mr Edward's life during World War II and he was determined to honour it. During the "Battle of Crete" ,Mr Edwards and many other allied soldiers were hidden from the Nazis by the island's locals and the Monks of Preveli Monastery (led by Agathangelos Lagouvardos).

In honour of the people who cared for and protected him, he also built the chapel of St John the Theologian, on the hill overlooking the sea on Wallclffe Road.

In the 1960's Mr Edwards subdivided the area and the developers named it Prevelly Park. Following the subdivision Mr Edwards named several streets after the families and monks who saved him . So take note of the street signs next time you are in town and you will notice names such as Vatos Way and Papadakis Road.

During the 70's the shire of Augusta-Margaret River requested that the new development be declared a townsite and in 1978 it was gazetted.

Today the area is famous for swimming and surfing with some of the biggest and dangerous surf breaks in the State. The Bombie is the most infamous of the surf breaks followed closely by the Boatramps and Surfers Point. Each year the area hosts the International Margaret River Masters at Surfers Point attracting surfers from around the world. The event is held around Easter when the surf is usually at its best. Another popular surfing area is at the mouth of the river where you will often find both boogie borders and surfers vying for the perfect wave.

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