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The Pinnacles in WA

Updated on March 8, 2014

Thousands of Limestone Pillars

Approximately 200 kms north of Perth, the capital of Western Australia is the small town of Cervantes, famous for its lobster (crayfish) - a hub for fisherfolk who venture out into the seas off the coast to seek and catch this popular seafood, but it is just south of the town that one of the mysteries of our world is on show for all who venture to its amazing desert.

The Pinnacles have been a tourist attraction since the late 1960's and these days some 150,000 people visit to see this wonder of the world. Pillars of limestone in all shapes and sizes sit among the sand dunes, capturing the wonderment of all who venture to explore them.

The Pinnacles are part of the Nambung National Park, which is just south of the town, and only a few kilometers from the main road. There is an entrance fee, and one is given a map of the area which visitors can choose to walk around (there is a designated walking track) or drive. Along the road are places to park one's car enabling visitors to explore on foot. There are some 10,000 plus pillars dotted around the sand, midst a few other strange sandstone rock formations, and visitors are advised to keep to walking tracks or pathways.

It is such an extra ordinary place to visit and see what happened under the sea thousands of years ago. Sand covered the area and when the sand was blown away by the winds these great rocks were revealed.

Probably anytime of the year is good to see this natural phenomenon, however, during the wildflower season, it is especially beautiful, so I am told. I visited on February 5th, in the heat of summer, and was amazed at what I saw, and hopefully I can return one day to see the wildflowers.

Being a good two hour drive north of Perth, it is probably wise to stay overnight at Cervantes, and perhaps take in a tour of one of the crayfishing places in town. There is plenty of accommodation in the town, and the scenery all along the coast is worth a visit.

Photographers love to visit as the pillars seem to change colour and shape as the light fades and brightens as the sun and clouds move around the sky.

(These photos were taken by me on February 5th, 2013 and are only some of the 100 photos taken.)


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