The Pinnacles Desert is one of those places I never knew existed but I drove closely by several times a year growing up. Back then the only way to access this amazing site was with a four wheel drive. But now you can just drive on up in any old car and explore (I mean, don’t drive around the Australian outback in an old bomb, that’s just asking for trouble), what I’m saying is you don’t need a 4WD. Anywho, I highly recommend a visit. The Pinnacles are about 2.5 hours north of Perth, Western Australia, within Nambung National Park, heading towards Cervantes. If you’re going that way anyway it’s only a short detour (15 mins) off the Indian Ocean Drive and well worth the extra time.
Oh by the way, they are unlikely to be big rocks from outer space – wind, rain, calcium and all that – but still, you never know.
We didn’t go to the visitors centre, but here’s a link to the visitors centre!
When driving north from Perth to any of the amazing coastal towns, I suggest taking the Indian Ocean Road. Depending where you leave off from in Perth this may take a little extra time but it is such a picturesque drive, plus no &%$# road trains! On our drive up we saw two Emus which was very cool – and I managed to snap a really blurry totally not postable picture of them! But here is a link to some Emus for you.
If you’re like us, and like to squeeze the most out of your travel, there is a stop you can do just 45 minutes north of Perth (you could also do this one as a day trip). Yanchep National Park is a taste of true Aussie bushland, super close to the city. Plus if you’ve never seen kangaroos or koalas before you’re guaranteed to see them. It’s a beautiful area with lots of hiking and picnic spots. They also do cave tours, but unfortunately we didn’t have the time. I guess we don’t always get to do ALL the things!
A little note from me to you:
The alternative route north is up through the Swan Valley and Caversham. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious you can do it all, I believe in you! It’s just a drive east to go west again. But if you only have one trip north out of Perth and your first night is not too far, I recommend doing all the things! (Of course). So you could do Perth – Swan Valley – Caversham – Yanchep – Pinnacles – onward and upward! More on the Swan Valley and Caversham in an upcoming post. And if you have the time, check out Rottnest Island, just off the coast.
Written (mostly) by: Taryn