Another nice attraction that I recommedn everyone to go visit whilst in Western Australia is The Pinnacles. The drive north from Perth is about three hours along a nice road and undulating landscape. Located in Nambung National Park, “The Pinnacles” (in simple terms, but by no means derrogative) are a bunch of spires “sticking out of the ground in the middle of a desert landscape that’s near the coast”.
The easy drive there and back makes this a good day trip destination, which was what I ended up doing (since I couldn’t be bothered to find accommodation nearby and didn’t really have the time or money since I had Europe and South America waiting for me only weeks later last year). Upon arrival, you can begin at the Discovery centre, where you’ll get a bit of a historical insight into the area and how these Pinnacles came to be. Some wildlife, flora and other information is also provided.
Once you’ve educated yourself, you’ll exist and walk along a path that takes you the start of a desert trail that you can walk (1.2km return) or even drive. I recommend doing the walk first as it’ll familiarise you with these funny structures and their composition and size. The car can be a perfect finish to cover some decent ground and see just how big the desert area is.
This is what the view looks like…
The landscape is quite barren with some native bushes here and there, but more importantly, these rock formations. Walking the trail is pretty easy as the ground is quite solid unlike sandy beaches where you use twice the amount of energy (four time if you’re wearing sandals).
Oh, and please do not climb the Pinnacles as you are in a National Park! It’s as bad as plucking rare plants to take home with you!
With the clouds in the background, these irregular formations retain quite an eery look.
The trails you see on the ground are car tracks. As you walk along the trail, you’ll cross the “road” every now and then.
These formations are of limestone, but originated from seashells that came from near the coast! Geology is amazing.
As you walk along the trail, you’ll have these little arrows guiding you in the right direction. Just hope that your feet don’t look like that…
There are a massive amount of these formations in the National Park, all of different sizes, shapes and groups.
You’ll come across the occassional grassier areas. The farthest edge of the trail in fact runs along a greener area near a carpark. The desert reaches beyond there.
There are mounds that you can climb up to get a better view. They won’t give you that much an improved view. This is when you’re better of searching for higher ground with a car.
Going through the National Park by car allows you to see the wider area. Just make sure you stay on the track (marked by the rocks, see if you can spot it in the above picture!)
I believe this is one of the highest point in the desert and it gives you not only a view of the desert, but also the coastline beyond.
It was my luck that as I was returning back to the entrance, a slight drizzle and mix of sunshine gave me this awesome rainbow. As most of the desert was fairly flat, it must’ve been the first time in my life that I saw a full rainbow (half-circle). Unfortunately, I need to get a wider angle lense or a pair of good running shoes if I am to capture such a fascinating shot, haha …
The Pinnacles, definitely worth visiting.
Update for readers: I will be moving back and forth between posts from my round-the-world trip back in 2011 and newer posts on current activities. Look forward to them.