No Monkey Mia tour is complete without a visit to the Pinnacles. These fascinating and surreal limestone formations are set around the stunning expanse of the Nambung National Park in Western Australia and cast weird and wonderful silhouettes against the skyline.
Here, the desert scenery is absolutely breath-taking, with plenty of landmarks and natural attractions that date back thousands and thousands of years.
While at the Pinnacles, keep your eyes peeled for the native western grey kangaroos that dine on the smattering of vegetation throughout the region. The best time to spot them is in the early morning, just after the sun has risen. Keep your eyes peeled for the Baudin’s black cockatoos, emus, bobtails, and carpet pythons too, as these all call the region home.
Things to Do at the Pinnacles Desert
There are plenty of unique activities for visitors to get stuck into at the Pinnacles and in the surrounding region.
Walking is a popular activity, with plenty of trails that weave amongst the impressive limestone pillars. Alternatively, you can drive along the trails and marvel at the scattered pattern of the rock formations, some of which stand at more than seven metres tall.
There are also plenty of opportunities to learn all about the natural history of the Pinnacles. The pillars are actually made out of shells, harking back to a time when the area was hidden below sea level.
And, because the location is so close to the sea, there are a number of beaches nearby to provide a more relaxing backdrop to your experience. All around the coastline here there are pretty beaches that boast clear, shallow waters that lend themselves perfectly to swimming, surfing, and snorkelling. For those who fancy something a little more laidback, there is plenty of opportunity to try a spot of fishing. Thirsty Point Lookout is a great place to go for this, while nearby Kangaroo Point is famed for its huge collection of kangaroos that crowd together on the white sands at sunset.
For a dose of local life, head to the charming town of Cervantes, where you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Known for its crayfishing heritage, it is more recently becoming famed for its swimming and watersports, but also boasts a collection of deep sea fishing and snorkelling tours. If you’re out in the water, keep a lookout for bottle nosed dolphins and the resident sea lions that frolic in the warm shallows.