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Cervantes

Australia’s gateway to the Pinnacles

The laidback fishing village of Cervantes in WA (Western Australia) boasts white sandy beaches and turquoise waters teeming with marine life, making it a popular choice for fishing holidays and relaxed family getaways.

Approximately two hours' drive north of Perth along the new Indian Ocean Drive, Cervantes is WA’s gateway to the magical Pinnacles of Australia’s Nambung National Park.

Cervantes attractions

  • Visit in spring for wonderful parades of wildflowers.
  • Go fishing off the beach, jetty or head out in a boat. Hangover Bay and Kangaroo Point are renowned fishing hotspots.
  • Take a stroll past the jetties. This is a particularly exciting attraction during the rock lobster fishing season (November to June annually).
  • Explore the offshore reefs and islands in the Cervantes region of WA and meet Australia’s friendly sea lions.
  • Order a delicious coffee and settle down to relax on a day bed at the Seashells Cafe, overlooking the beachfront.
  • Make the most of your four wheel drive and follow the tracks through the sand dunes from Lancelin to Cervantes for a fun-filled WA adventure.
  • Select from Australia’s best fresh rock lobster and marinated octopus at the Indian Ocean Rock Lobster Factory. Seafood lovers will delight in the handy take away eskies to keep your purchases fresh for travel. Or take a self guided tour of the factory and learn how the lobster get from the ocean to your dinner plate.

Scenic lookouts around Cervantes

  • Enjoy stunning views of the bay, islands, Lake Thetis and the town from the many lookouts at Hansen Bay, just one kilometre south of town. And for a different perspective, try Thirsty Point Lookout.
  • Scale Molah Hill Lookout, for sweeping views of Western Australia’s coastline, Cervantes and WA’s seaside town of Jurien Bay.
  • Check out Emu Downs Wind Farm. Extending almost 120 metres in the air, the 48 massive turbines are best viewed from the car park on Bibby Road, 30 kilometres east of town.
  • Visit Lake Thetis and the stromatolites in the Cervantes region of Australia’s Coral Coast. One of only five sites in WA which feature stromatolites, these natural formations are created by the oldest known organisms on Earth. Some fossil remains have been dated as 3.6 billion years old. The lake itself was named after the sailing ship Thetis which surveyed the coast between 1847 and 1848.

Cervantes accommodation

Often the first stop for holidaymakers on their way to Australia’s Coral Coast from Perth in WA, Cervantes offers a wide range of accommodation, including caravan parks, motels, backpackers, holiday cottages and chalets.
There’s also a good choice of dining experiences, from a la carte to takeaway and fast food. Search the list of Coral Coast accommodation for Cervantes accommodation options.

Visit the Pinnacles Visitor Centre website for more information about accommodation, tours and attractions in Cervantes, WA, and the southern region of Australia’s Coral Coast.

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