Visiting Australia's Nambung National Park and the Pinnacles Desert is a must.
Located at the southern gateway to Australia's Coral Coast, along the Indian Ocean Drive, the Pinnacles Desert of Nambung National Park is one of the major natural attractions in the region and are Western Australia's most visited attractions.
The park is located roughly 200km, or 2 hours' drive north of Perth, and covers an area of 17,487 hectares providing natural habitat for an extensive array of native animals and bird life.
The Pinnacles are amazing natural limestone structures, formed approximately 25,000 to 30,000 years ago after the sea receded and left deposits of sea shells. Over time, coastal winds removed the surrounding sand, leaving the pillars exposed to the elements. The Pinnacles range in height and dimension - some stand as high as 3.5m!
Visiting the Pinnacles
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the Pinnacles?
- The Pinnacles of Nambung National Park are natural limestone structures, dating back 25,000-30,000 years! Drive or wander through the mysterious, otherworldly desert and soak up views of the Pinnacles and yellow earth. Look back towards the coast to see how the landscape changes from the yellow of the desert, to white sand dunes, and the blue of the Indian Ocean in the background. Don't forget to keep your eyes peeled for native Australian wildlife like kangaroos and emus, particularly if you are visiting early in the morning or later in the afternoon.
Where are the Pinnacles?
- The Pinnacles are found in Nambung National Park, approximately 200 kilometres north of Perth, Western Australia.
How do I get to the Pinnacles?
- From Perth drive north along Wanneroo Road, which will turn into Indian Ocean Drive, and turn right at the sign for the Pinnacles. Alternatively, from Perth drive north along Brand Highway and turn left at the sign to Cervantes; from Cervantes, head south two kilometres and turn left at the sign for the Pinnacles. The drive time is approximately 2 hours.
Do I need a four-wheel drive to access the Pinnacles?
- Not at all! Nambung National Park and the Pinnacles are both accessible by two-wheel drive.
Do I have to pay to visit the Pinnacles?
- There is a National Park Entry Fee 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 $15.00 per private vehicle, carrying up to 12 occupants. For more information about National Park Entry Fees click here.
When can I visit the Pinnacles?
- You can visit Nambung National Park and the Pinnacles Desert at any time, however visitors are expected to have left the park by 9pm.
- The Pinnacles are a spectacular place to visit after dark, soaking up endless views of the Milky Way galaxy sprawling above you in the night sky. You can self-drive and explore by yourself (remember to take care, stick to the dedicated paths and take a torch!), or join a dedicated nighttime tour to the Pinnacles with tour operators like Australian Pinnacle Tours and Autopia Tours.