Located roughly around 200km from Perth is the Namburg National Park, home to the Pinnacles – a must-see for anyone visiting this part of Western Australia. It was our second stop after the beautiful Lancelin (click here to read).
As it was near lunch time, we stopped at the famous Lobster Shack joint before checking out the Pinnacles.
Lobster Shack is a destination by itself. Many day tours will stop at this place which not only offers fresh lobsters on its menu but also educational lobsters tours and stuff. We felt that the tours are something that we could skip so we just enjoyed the delicious lobsters.
The western rock lobster or locally known as “crayfish”. Call it whatever you want, all that matters to me is how super delicious it taste!
A short 15-minutes’ drive from the town of Cervantes is the Namburg National Park.
Weather wasn’t perfect but it was still a beautiful view.
“Thousands of huge limestone pillars rise from the shifting yellow sands of the Pinnacles Desert, resembling a landscape from a science fiction movie” – Department of Parks and Wildlife’s website.
Parking bays are provided at various points along the one-way drive so those who wish to check out the Pinnacles can stop and explore.
Here are some interesting facts bout these “rock stars” aka pinnacles
From Wikipedia “They were formed from lime leached from sand subject to aeolian processes (wind-blown), and by rain cementing the lower levels of the dune into a soft form of limestone. Vegetation then formed an acidic layer of soil and humus, and a hard cap of calcrete developed above the softer limestone. Cracks in the calcrete were exploited by plant roots, while the softer limestone continues to dissolve and quartz sand fills the channels that form. The vegetation died and wind blew away the sand covering the eroded limestone, thereby revealing the Pinnacles.”
That’s a looooong process… subhanAllah.
Not every day that I got to see amazing natural limestone structures, some standing as high as five metres that were formed approximately 25,000 to 30,000 years ago…..
….. so a selfie is appropriate.
We were not the only “lovebirds” in the area 🙂
Interesting message that we saw….
The best time to visit is during sunrise or sunset, provided the weather is good.
Unfortunately it remained cloudy for the rest of the evening. So these are some of the best shots that I could get. A bit disappointed to be honest but it is still a nice view 🙂
Overall we enjoyed admiring the Pinnacles at Namburg National Park for a good 5-6 hours. We ended the day with another round of crayfish at one of the petrol station’s restaurant in Cervantes town.
To be continued…