Nambung National Park, Perth
This national park is about 245 km north of Perth and has the Pinnacles Desert in it, which it is best known for. Thousands of these limestone pillars which are up to 4 meters tall, rise out of the yellow sand. The limestone is made up of sea shells from millions of years ago from when this area was under water. Through a long process, these solidified and hardened into sections of limestone that did not erode away when wind and water eroded the land around them.
There is an easy, one-way walking loop track that goes through the Pinnacles. A timber lookout is located at the northern end. You are allowed to bushwalk, but should take precautions in the heat (bring enough water, etc).
Get out of the city and head North to Nambung National Park where there are these other worldly 30,000 year old petrified limestone pillars situated in a little desert next to the Indian Ocean. The pillars are commonly referred to as 'the pinnacles" and are about 17 kilometers south of Cervantes along the coast of Western Australia (around 250 kilometers north of Perth).
It's an incredible scene, especially in the morning as the sun rises over the crest of the surrounding hills, striking the pinnacles and turning them a bright yellow-orange color set against the dark blue Indian Ocean.
We went to Nambung National Park, quite a drive up north from Perth but it really is worth while.
This is an unusual national park made up of beach and sand dunes which extend inland. The park is famous for the Pinnacles desert. This is a region of strange limestone pillars. The tallest of these pillars is 4 metres high . You can either take a 3 kilometre drive trail or a shorter walking trail which leads to lookouts with stunning views of the pinnacles and the coastline. The region is best visited in the spring because the wild flowers are then blooming. The parks animals are mainly nocturnal but at dusk you can see some including many reptiles.
Information from CALM office at Cervantes (08 ) 9652 7043 monday to friday.
You must visit the Nambung National Park to see the 'Pinnacles Desert' when in Perth. There are tours leaving from Perth, almost on a daily basis. See my Perth Trvelogue.