Road Trip!!
Road trip up the Indian Ocean Drive (State Highway 60). A great introduction to sightseeing in Western Australia.

After experiencing a couple of weeks of Perth’s fall and winter rain, we were treated to a beautiful sunny weekend. This means one thing…road trip. A two hour drive north of Perth takes one to Nambung National Park. By WA standards this is not a long road trip by any means, however, it was a great intro to this part of the region.

The Pinnacles
The Pinnacles Desert Discovery is an experience well worth the drive. Thousands of limestone pillars inexplicably rise from the desert here.
Pinnacle Detail
These strange geologic structures provide a vivid juxtaposition of shape and colour. A photographers dream to wander about in.

Once you pay to enter the Park you have access to an interpretive centre and freedom to explore the pinnacles. Either on foot or in your vehicle. Here is the hint, get out and walk amongst them. It is fascinating and you never know what you will bump into.

Kangaroo
We nearly bumped into this little kangaroo as we were negotiating some of the bushes.
Galah Cockatoos
These galahs calmly walked away when we approached. They are obviously quite used to the people visiting here.

As you follow the pathway through the pinnacles you see the amazing difference in the shapes from one area to the next.

Pinnacle Graveyard
This collection reminded me of an old cemetery atop a hill. According to the information in the Discovery Centre there still is some debate as to how the pinnacles were formed.
More Pinnacles
From a few centimetres to 3 – 4 metres in height there are many different sizes and shapes.
Hardy Life
You cannot help but love nature when you see how it clings on and survives no matter what the environment.
Orange and Blue
A beautiful area to behold. If you get the opportunity to visit the Pinnacles Desert, do not pass it up.
Mobile Sand Dunes
To add to the strangeness of the area, you also pass these mobile sand dunes while driving along. They apparently advance northward at about 12 metres a year.

 

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Welcome to our travel blog. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to say, "I'm out of here?" Well we did, and in 2013 we made it a reality. We sold or gave away all of our possessions other than what fit in our luggage and we set off on an endless adventure. Part of our goal is to share our experiences with others and hopefully provide some information, motivation, or just a moments escape. The general idea was to look for a place that would be ideal to settle down in. However in the meantime it is about experiencing life in different countries amongst different cultures and learning how to understand and appreciate each other. A large part of our time is spent housesitting which provides an excellent opportunity to experience more of the "normal" neighbourhoods as opposed to the tourist locales. Though we make sure to enjoy those as well. So through plenty of photographs and a running commentary come and share with us our life on the road.

1 comment on “Pinnacles Desert

  1. Dorothy Pecksen

    Very interesting blog.

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