From Nambung National Park online resource Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the Pinnacles?
- The Pinnacles of Nambung National Park are natural limestone structures, dating back 25,000-30,000 years! Drive or wander through the mysterious, otherworldly desert and soak up views of the Pinnacles and yellow earth. Look back towards the coast to see how the landscape changes from the yellow of the desert, to white sand dunes, and the blue of the Indian Ocean in the background. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for native Australian wildlife like kangaroos and emus, particularly if you are visiting early in the morning or later in the afternoon.
Where are the Pinnacles?
- The Pinnacles are found in Nambung National Park, approximately 200 kilometres north of Perth, Western Australia.
How do I get to the Pinnacles?
- From Perth drive north along Wanneroo Road, which will turn into Indian Ocean Drive, and turn right at the sign for the Pinnacles. Alternatively, from Perth drive north along Brand Highway and turn left at the sign to Cervantes; from Cervantes, head south two kilometres and turn left at the sign for the Pinnacles. The drive time is approximately 2 hours.
Do I need a four-wheel drive to access the Pinnacles?
- Not at all! Nambung National Park and the Pinnacles are both accessible by two-wheel drive.
Do I have to pay to visit the Pinnacles?
- There is a National Park Entry Fee to Nambung National Park, which contributes to park management, protection of the environment, and the development and maintenance of visitor services and facilities. This fee is $15.00 per private vehicle, carrying up to 12 occupants. For more information about National Park Entry Fees click here.
When can I visit the Pinnacles?
- You can visit Nambung National Park and the Pinnacles Desert at any time, however visitors are expected to have left the park by 9pm.
- The Pinnacles are a spectacular place to visit after dark, soaking up endless views of the Milky Way galaxy sprawling above you in the night sky. You can self-drive and explore by yourself (remember to take care, stick to the dedicated paths and take a torch!), or join a dedicated nighttime tour to the Pinnacles with tour operators like ADAMS Pinnacle Tours and Autopia Tours.
How long to spend at the Pinnacles and the park generally?
- Visitor Center plan ½ – 1 hour depending on the number of visitors and the type of walks you wish to do
- Pinnacles – between 1 hour to 3 hours depending on your fascination with rocks and photography interests
- Lake Thetish ½ hour
Can I camp in the park?
- No, There are no camping areas in Nambung National Park but a full range of accommodation and other services are available in the nearby town of Cervantes.
Is it worth it while taking kids?
- Yes as the landscape is bizarre with giant rock pillars towering over the yellow dunes, kids’ imagination will jump to scienc fantasy lunar landscapes. You might have to answer questions about dragons and mythological creatures inhabiting the place.
- A highlight is the Visitor Information Center with its kids focused guides building a sense of anticipation for a younger audience.