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Published March 28th 2016
A location that would make Peter Jackson smile
Situated in the south of Cape Woolamai on Phillip Island is a spectacular set of naturally formed colonnades known as The Pinnacles. They instantly became my favourite place on the island as I made my way down the steep descent, seeing it up close and seeing it from the look-out is a totally different experience. I was transported into a different timeline as I stood there with them towering over me, it transmitted a feeling of being in the thick of a fantasy story, but I didn't see any Orcs or Elves, or Peter Jackson yelling 'Action!'.
The best time to visit The Pinnacles would be during low tide, I went there really early in the day to get some morning light for the photos, and the tide was low so I was able to walk around, however the spray from the waves made some of the rocks slippery, so I made sure I took careful steps, some rocks may even move when you step on them, so do take care.
Also please make sure you have good footwear, either runners or hiking boots, leave the thongs behind! Most of the area has good phone reception, however do tell someone where you're going if you are going by yourself. It would be a good Idea to carry some snacks and water with you.
The hike from the carpark to The Pinnacles is a beautiful one, with great views of the landscape and beach. You'll also come across lots of wildlife, with rabbits darting across the track and many Wallabies too, I counted 20 of them along the walk.
HOW TO GET THERE When driving on Phillip Island Road into Phillip Island, turn left in Woolamai Beach Road, it's about 1km after you pass The Chocolate Factory on your right. Drive all the way down until you come to the parking area. Make your way to the beach and turn left down stairs, walk along the beach until you come to another set of stairs that leads up to the trail. From there it's about 20 mins to The Pinnacles, you'll see a bench at the look-out, and the descent will be on your right. The whole trek will take about 40 mins.
FACILITIES There is a kiosk at the carpark if you want to grab something hot or cold depending on the weather, it also has toilet facilities.