When people think of visiting Western Australia, they probably think of kangaroos, sunny days and bearded blonde surfers with long hair strolling down to the beach with their boards. While this isn’t a completely inaccurate view of the great land down under, it does tend to overshadow a host of other natural attractions that the country has to offer.
For those that venture out to Western Australia, there is The Pinnacles that should go to the top of the itinerary.
Located a mere 19km from the town of Cervantes lies Namburg National Park, the home of the Pinnacles desert. This open desert land which features thousands of limestone-formed pillars is one of the largest tourist attractions in Western Australia. It is said that the limestone of this desert emerged from seashells centuries upon centuries ago when the region was rich with marine life.
There is a road which takes you between the various formations but the best way to explore the stunning natural pillars is to go by foot. The best times to visit are at sunset, on a full moon or at dawn as this is when the desert receives the best lighting and the crowds dissipate.
A few things to keep in mind:
- Expect the walk through the desert to take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour. This may even be more if you are taking photographs.
- If you are planning on a sunset visit, arrive a little earlier as the sun sets quickly.
- National park fees apply.
- There is a Pinnacles Desert Discovery centre that is worth checking out to learn more about the formations. It is open from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM daily except Christmas day.