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Have a great time at this unique location
The Pinnacles is one of Western Australia's iconic tourist sites. They are situated in Nambung National Park, and the Pinnacles is a must for any tourist or local.
The Pinnacles had approximately 653,000 visitors recorded by Parks and Wildlife during the 2017/2018 financial year. This makes it one of the most visited places in the whole of Western Australia.
The Pinnacles of Nambung National Park are a major natural attraction in the Coral Coast region. They are in between Cervantes and Jurien Bay. The park is approximately 200 kilometres north of Perth and covers an area of 17,487 hectares. It houses an extensive amount of native animals and bird life.
The Pinnacles consist of enormous standing stones which are made of limestone. These can be up to 3.5m high and are amongst the quiet sand dunes in the Nambung Park. The standing stones were formed from solidifying sand dunes over thousands of years. Early sailors actually mistook them for the ruins of an ancient city.
Nearby at the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre, you can take a journey through the formation of the Pinnacles and the surrounding National Park with displays, soundscapes, videos, and objects.
The changing shadows of dawn or dusk can make for some very impressive, eerie, and unique photo opportunities.
There are many different tours you can take from Perth to this iconic spot, and some of them include:
* Pinnacles, Koalas & Sandboarding Tour Day Trip from Perth Here you will go off-roading, sandboarding, feed kangaroos, photograph koalas and seasonal wildflowers. You can also buy a traditional fish and chips lunch as you explore the world-renowned Pinnacles Desert.
This tour will be on 8th May 2019 from 8.00 am and will cost $215 per person. You can read more about it at this website.
* Yanchep National Park and The Pinnacles Day Trip You can get back to nature with a small group which is a full-day tour from Perth. You will visit the coloured sand cliffs of The Pinnacles and see koalas and kangaroos of Yanchep National Park. You will also go to Lancelin and surf down the Lancelin sand dunes.
These tours are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. You will experience the amazing changing colours of the sunset over the desert landscape. This spectacle is a unique rock formation as well as the breathtaking background scenery. It is the picture perfect photo opportunity to discover the surrounding wildlife!
This tour departs Perth at 11.00 am and returns back to Perth at around 8.00 pm in winter and 11.30 pm in summer. The cost is $159 for adults and $100 for children 4 to 12 years of age.
You can find out more and make your booking at this website.
* Pinnacles Sunset and Stargazing Tour
This is an afternoon tour departure at one of their five pick up points across the city. You will then head north towards Yanchep National Park where you will stop to see some of the local wildlife.
Then it is on up the coast towards the Nambung National Park. You will arrive in the late afternoon and thus avoid the crowds while you take in the breathtaking west-coast sunset. The Pinnacles formation come to life as the setting sun gives out a colour display over the sky and it turns to night.
Once it is dark, you will head to the spot where you will have dinner in the fishing town of Cervantes.
You will then go back to the Pinnacles Desert observation deck, where you will experience the amazing night sky. There is no pollution here and the stars are immeasurable, and the clarity unsurpassed. You will see as many constellations as you can find and spot the iconic Aussie symbol The Southern Cross. This tour is not a professional astronomy based tour, however, is a relaxed sightseeing one.
Once you have seen enough of the amazing night sky you will head back to Perth.
This tour operates on Thursdays and Sundays and costs $169 for adults, $155 for pensioners and $95 for children. It departs at 3.00 pm and you can read more and make a booking at this link.
There are many more tour operators that go to this wonderful destination, and I have picked out those that seem good value. I have actually done the last one listed and really enjoyed it though it was marred by a very cloudy sky!