Pinnacles, Namburg National Park & Lake Thetis

The Pinnacles, Nambung National Park

The Pinnacles, Nambung National Park

A Sith lord’s version of a training field is what comes to mind when I first saw the Pinnacles. Stretching as far as the eye can see, you get an impression of a sandy and dusty desert with moon-like outcroppings jutting out of the ground, forming perfect hideaway spots.

This was my second time visiting the Pinnacles but it was made no less impressive. I could have walked forever, however, you don’t have to – there is an option to drive through the Pinnacles (keep to the marked path!).

My travel partner and I opted for the 2.5 hour drive north of Perth via the Great Ocean Drive. If you don’t fancy renting a car though, you can book a day tour. However, I would really recommend the former. Straight roads stretching into the horizon, azure blue skies with nary a cloud to be seen, dramatic coastline features and vertical drop offs into turquoise waters make for a very picturesque drive. Although, be warned – your travel partner might end up dozing off like mine did. While beautiful, the rugged coastline makes for a very samey view.

Great Ocean Drive

Great Ocean Drive

Driving to The Pinnacles

The Pinnacles is part of the Namburg National Park and close to the town Cervantes. As mentioned, it is approximately 250km north of Perth (~2.5 – 3 hours drive). The road I took is detailed below – if you like amazing views of the sun, sand and sea I cannot recommend it highly enough. Load up on the fun music.

Besides Pinnacles, you could also drop by Lancelin for an afternoon of sand boarding fun and Lake Thetis which is close by. Lake Thetis is one of the very few places left on earth where you are able to view marine stromatolites, which are living fossils.

Day Tour Information

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The Pinnacles, Nambung National Park

The Pinnacles, Nambung National Park

I came, I saw, I conquered

I came, I saw, I conquered

Lake Thetis and Stromatolites

Lake Thetis and Stromatolites

Lake Thetis and Stromatolites

Lake Thetis and Stromatolites