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The Pinnacles, WA

A popular destination for visitors to Perth, just two hours drive north, The Pinnacles are limestone formations within Nambung National Park, near the town of Cervantes, on the way to the Coral Coast.

The Pinnacles

The area was originally part of a coastline millions of years ago, and over time the Indian Ocean eroded the limestone leaving behind these eerie spires.

The Nambung National Park has become a popular tourist destination in recent years, with visitors coming from all over the world to see these unique natural formations. There are several different ways to experience these rock formations, including walking trails, 4WD tours and even helicopter rides.

No matter how you choose to see them, The Pinnacles are sure to leave you with a lasting impression.

The Pinnacles – a unique natural wonder

The Pinnacles are one of Australia’s most unique and fascinating natural wonders. The Pinnacles were originally part of the coastline, and were formed over millions of years as the sea slowly eroded the limestone, leaving behind these amazing formations.

a unique natural wonder at night

The area was first discovered by European settlers in the 1800s, and it wasn’t until the early 1900s that The Pinnacles became a tourist destination. The area though, remained relatively unknown until the late 1960s.

In 1987, The Pinnacles were declared a National Park, and today they is one of Western Australia’s most popular tourist attractions.

What to see and do at The Pinnacles

There are over 1,000 pinnacles at The Pinnacles, and each one is unique in shape and size. You can explore the pinnacles on foot, or take a 4WD tour for a different perspective. There are also several lookout points where you can get a panoramic view of the these natural limestone pillars.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even take a scenic flight over the area for an unforgettable experience.

The best time to visit The Pinnacles is between March and November, when the weather is cooler. If you’re visiting during the summer months, be sure to wear sunscreen and a hat, as it can get very hot.

No matter how you choose to see them, The Pinnacles are sure to leave you with a lasting impression.

What is special about the Pinnacles?

The Pinnacles are one of Australia’s most unique and fascinating natural wonders. These limestone spires were created over millions of years as the sea slowly eroded the coastline, leaving behind these amazing formations.

emus at the Pinnacles

There are over 1,000 limestone structures, and each one is unique in shape and size. The pillars are an impressive sight, and a must-see for anyone visiting Western Australia.

Western grey kangaroos can be seen in the park, often grazing on the vegetation. They may let you approach quite closely if you are quiet and keep your movements to a minimum.

Western grey kangaroo

How much does it cost to enter Nambung National Park?

There is a National Park Entry Fee per vehicle to Nambung National Park, which contributes to park management, protection of the environment, and the development and maintenance of visitor services and facilities. This fee is $15 for private vehicles carrying up to 12 occupants, making it a great affordable option for budget-friendly travelers looking to explore the area.

The Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre is also a nice stop, giving you a chance to learn more about how and why this natural phenomenon occurs.

Can you visit the Pinnacles at night?

Yes, you can visit the Pinnacles at night however you are expected to leave the park by 9pm. In fact, many visitors say that the experience is even more magical after dark.

starry night at the Pinnacles

There are no street lights in the park, so you’ll need to bring a torch (flashlight) with you. And as always, if self-driving, beaware of wildlife when exploring the park at night.

How long does it take to drive around the Pinnacles?

The Pinnacles Desert is located approximately 2.5 hours north of Perth, and 3.5 hours south of Exmouth.

To drive around the entire park, it will take you approximately 1-2 hours, depending on how long you spend stopping to admire the view (which we highly recommend).

driving around the Pinnacles

Are you allowed to touch the Pinnacles?

Yes, you are allowed to touch these amazing natural structures, but please be aware that they are very fragile.

It’s important to stay on the designated walking tracks to avoid damaging the delicate ecosystem. And please don’t climb on the Pinnacles, as this can cause them to break.

How big is the Pinnacles Desert?

The Pinnacles Desert covers an area of around 17,500 hectares in size. The towns of Lancelin is to the south and Cervantes to the north – both are fantastic little townships with plenty to offer as you tour the region.

Pinnacles Desert at Nambung National Park

The Coral Coast

The Pinnacles are located on the way from Perth to the Coral Coast, which is one of the most beautiful and diverse regions in Australia.

Stretching for over 1,200km, the Coral Coast is home to some of the country’s most stunning scenery, including pristine beaches, lush rainforests and rugged mountains.

There are also plenty of things to see and do, from swimming with dolphins and turtles, to exploring shipwrecks and hiking through national parks.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach holiday or an adventure-packed getaway, the Coral Coast has something for everyone.

The Pinnacles are an impressive sight, and a must-see for anyone visiting Western Australia.

Where to stay?


  • Rural/Country
  • Nature based
  • Remote
  • Self-Drive

Popular Activities

  • Off Road Driving
  • Scenic Flight
  • Sightseeing
  • National Park
  • Adventure
  • Wilderness
  • Wildlife
  • Outback

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