The Principality of Hutt River (PHR) is an Independent Sovereign State
having seceded from Australia on the Twenty First Day of April 1970
and is comparable in size to Hong Kong, though the Principality is
larger in physical size than many countries such as Vatican, San
Marino, Monaco, and
Nauru to name but a few.
The Principality of Hutt River is situated within Western Australia
and is about 75 square km in size, consisting of approx 7,486ha (18,500 acres)
of mainly flat or undulating farmland, well covered in
places with a wealth of shrubs and beautiful wildflowers. The economy
is based upon agriculture, which includes the export of wildflowers
as well as tourism.
The Principality is a
constitutional, hereditary and democratic monarchy, with HRH Prince
Graeme as the Sovereign and Head Of State and a Government is
exercised, under the Sovereignty of the Prince, by a Minister of State
and assisted by a
Government consisting of as many Ministers, Vice Ministers and State
Secretaries as necessary to lead the Country.
Whilst the existence of PHR as a Sovereign State was initially
contested, for many years now it has been accepted and left in peace.
With the same Head of State for 40+ years, and since Feb 11th 2017
ruled under the Sovereignty of HRH Prince Graeme, the Principality is proud
to have such leadership and therefore the Principality must be
regarded as a very stable country.
Prince Leonard was a keen supporter of both the Arts and Conservation
and has named parts of the Principality with such names as Lake
Beginning, Mount Secession, Lake Serenity and Wild Boar Gorge, views
that are also held and supported by his youngest Son and now Sovereign
Prince Graeme. The
townsite, Nain, has been developed with buildings to provide
basic facilities for tourists who visit the Province in their thousands each
year, and with modest Government and Reception buildings as well as
basic support for campers, inc a small ablutions block, campers
kitchen and a small caravan parking area with Power
Facilities include an Administration Building containing the
Government Office and Post Office, a swimming pool and Tea
Rooms/Function Centre and a charming Inter-Denominational Chapel as well as a small
arcade housing the Memorabilia Dept. and Historical Society displays.
A new Reception Office is also in operation and recent extensions to
the Tea Rooms/Function Centre have now enabled that to cater for
double it's previous capacity and includes a beautiful and very
comfortable outdoor undercover area.
A new camping and caravan park area was established in time for the
2010 40th anniversary celebration weekend and it has created the
ability to cope with larger scale visits during special occasions
without cramping and a lovely, relaxed area is now available for all
to enjoy the peace and tranquillity offered by a stay in the
While the local resident population is small, a large number of
Overseas Citizenships have been issued to people around the
The Principality also enjoys a good, active
and widespread diplomatic representation
throughout most of the developed
It is with a heavy heart and after much thought and consultation with my
Cabinet and ADC that I have to inform all that the Government of the
Principality of Hutt River is about to go on hiatus. Our borders will be
closed to all (including tourists) and all government external services will
cease at close of business Friday 31st January 2020 until further
notice. Please note: This means the PHR Government will cease issuing entry/exit VISA’s to
visit the PHR from that same date. Nor will the Government accept
applications for any Government services such as non-resident Subject
applications, Passports, all licencing etc. etc.
HRH Prince Graeme's response to the abdication of
HRH Prince Leonard
and his own enthronement as
Sovereign of the PHR CLICK