In the desert landscape in Nambung National Park, weathered rock spires of the Pinnacles rise out of yellow sand dunes. The park is situated along an idyllic stretch of coast three hour’s drive north of Perth. As we went for three weeks from Perth to Exmouth and back, this was a place not to be missed!
From Perth, you can hire a car and drive north along the Indian Ocean Drive. It’s around three hours drive to Nambung National Park. You can also book a tour but it’s much nicer to explore by yourself. When you enter the park (13 Australian Dollar per car), a scenic walk and drive trail winds past the ancient limestone pillars of the Pinnacles. It feels like you are on another planet and some of the pillars are a few meters high. The Pinnacles date back millions of years when this part was still the botom of the sea.
TIP: If you are planning to visit more National Parks during your trip, consider buying a Holiday Pass for four weeks and 46 Australian Dollar. This way you save money and don’t have to worry about paying at the entrances.
Opening times: During daylight and twilight hours so you can enjoy spectacular sunsets and sunrises!
The park has besides the Pinnacles also some secluded, white beaches that are great for swimming, snorkelling and surfing. TO DO: Go for a swim in the turquoise waters of Hangover Bay. If you want a spectaculair view with colorful wildflowers, visit the park from August to October.
Cervantes Holiday Park
As there are several places to stay near the Pinnacles, we choose the Cervantes Holiday Park. It has villas, powered and unpowered caravansites, RV and camping sites. An unpowered site is around 35 AUD per night. From the holiday park it’s only 15 minutes by car to the Pinnacles.