Day Trip to The Pinnacles and Cervantes

The Pinnacles, Western Australia

G’day Travelers! While I was in Perth I had enough spare time to squeeze in a day trip. The Pinnacles has always been on the must see list, while I was in that part of the world. So when the opportunity arose I took it and drove the two hours north to check them out.

I’d seen photos of The Pinnacles before, but I honestly had no idea what to expect when I got there. The drive to there was easy enough, although I assumed I would have seen more towns, villages or anything on the way up. Turns out once you get past Wanneroo in the north of Perth civilization thins out very quickly. It was a good thing I filled the car with fuel before leaving.

Even when I arrived at The Pinnacles visitors center in the Nambung National Park, I still wasn’t sure what I was in for. The desert is well hidden from the main road and even from the visitors center. So it’s not until you get into the park that really understand the natural wonder of it all.

It was like stepping into another world. Once you enter the desert the scenery completely changes, and the rock formations really start to standout.

There are two options, you can walk around following a sign posted walk. Or you can do what I did and drive around the site. The drive was really easy, and while road was sand, all sorts of cars were able to drive on it. Even my front wheel drive rental car had no issues.

I’m not sure I’ve got the words to do the place justice. But here is a collection of photos I took while I was there…

Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016

There’s a couple of theories on how The Pinnacles came to be. I’m going with the forest theory, just looking at the rocks and how they are placed they look like trees, but that’s just me. If you’d like to know more about the Nambung National Park you can find out more here – https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/nambung

On the drive up I didn’t notice much in the way of towns. By the time I was hungry and looking for lunch I thought I might be in for a long wait to get back to civilisation. However leaving The Pinnacles I saw a sign for Cervantes. It seemed the closer option, even if further north.

Cervantes isn’t a large town but I’m glad I made the trip up there. I definitely grabbed some lunch before heading over to the beach which was just pristine. Below are a couple of photos I took while wander around the beach, exploring.

Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016

On the drive back I found another natural wonder, Lake Thetis, just outside of Cervantes. The lake is home to stromatolites, built by some of the some of the earliest forms of life on the planet. These micro-organisms create these rock like formations and also produce oxygen, leading to bubbles building up on the sides of the lake. It quite interesting to see.

Here’s a couple of photos I took of the stromatolites in Lake Thetis.

Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016
Western Australia in 2016

For more information about Lake Thetis head on over to the National Parks website – https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/site/lake-thetis

If you’d like to find out more about my trip to Perth, including what else I got up to while I was there, check out this blog post.

Have you been on a day trip out of Perth before? Feel free to leave your suggestions day trips outside of Perth in a comment below.

If you are looking for somewhere to stay in or around Perth, I stayed at Scarborough Beach. It’s about 20 minutes drive outside of the city but it’s a great place to stay right on the beach and catch the sunsets. There’s plenty of restaurants and cafes in the area and it’s not to far from the motorway if you’ve got a car. Heres a couple of accommodation recommendations in and around Scarborough Beach via Booking.comIf you’d like to see more of my tips for about Perth, check out these posts.

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About the Author: Rhys Vandersyde

Traveler, Photographer, Content Creator. I've spent the last 10 years exploring all over the world, but there is still plenty more to see.

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