Walk on the Moon at The Pinnacles in Western Australia

Walk on the Moon at The Pinnacles in Western Australia || The Travel Tester || #Australia #Pinnacles #thePinnacles #PinnaclesDesert #WesternAustralia #Nambung #NambungNationalPark #NationalPark #MoonLandscape
Some posts on this site contain affiliate links. If you book or buy something through these links, we earn a small commission (at no extra cost to you) Read our privacy policy for more information.
Join The Travel Tester on a moon-walk at The Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park, Western Australia

Nederlands (Dutch)

I acknowledge the traditional custodians of country throughout Australia and recognize their continuing connection to land, waters and community. I pay my respects to them and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present. I recognize and acknowledge Yued people as the Traditional custodians of Nambung National Park.

Do you already know about The Pinnacles in Western Australia? No? Well… If you’re looking for space on earth, this is the place to be! This yellow desert can make you feel like you’re walking on the moon, right here on earth. 

I’ve visited The Pinnacles twice during my travels to Australia, once with my brother and once with Nick and each time, I’ve really enjoyed my little visit to this out-of-this-world national park. Here is everything you want to know about The Pinnacles Western Australia:

THE PINNACLES IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Spaceships Campervan Rental Australia: Driving That Is Out Of This World! || The Travel Tester

 

 

 

Where are The Pinnacles Australia?

The Pinnacles Desert can be found in Western Australia. It is located in the Nambung National Park, which is 193 kilometers northwest of Perth, near the town of Cervantes, along the Indian Ocean Drive, otherwise known as Australia’s “Coral Coast”. 

For the exact Pinnacles location, check out Google Street View for a Pinnacles national park map!

Walk on the Moon at The Pinnacles in Western Australia || The Travel Tester || #Australia #Pinnacles #thePinnacles #PinnaclesDesert #WesternAustralia #Nambung #NambungNationalPark #NationalPark #MoonLandscape
The Nambung National Park Pinnacles: Almost from another planet!

 

Spaceships Campervan Rental Australia: Driving That Is Out Of This World! || The Travel Tester
Me at The Pinnacles park back in 2008! So young!
Walk on the Moon at The Pinnacles in Western Australia || The Travel Tester || #Australia #Pinnacles #thePinnacles #PinnaclesDesert #WesternAustralia #Nambung #NambungNationalPark #NationalPark #MoonLandscape
My brother Reinout at The Pinnacles national park

 

How were The Pinnacles formed?

The iconic landscape of the Western Australia Pinnacles is made out of weathered limestone formations (of about 25.000 years old) which stand up out of the yellow sand dunes to almost four/five meters in height, all with different shapes and sizes. The limestone pillars were originally believed to be a lost city and by looking at them, you can see why people thought that. 

Earliest recordings of the site date back to the 1650s, from when the Dutch (we’ve been everywhere, I’ll tell you!) explored this area. After that, there haven’t really been any recordings that we now know of until Philip Parker King wrote about it again in 1820. 

The geological formations were formed after the sea receded this area and left deposits of sea shells. Coastal winds removed all of the surrounding sand over the years and left nothing but the exposed limestone pillars, that you can now visit on a nice day trip. They make for some fun shapes, what can you see in them?

In the 1960s, The Pinnacles Desert was included in the Nambung National Park and ever since, it became a popular destination for visitors. These days, up to 150.000 visitors come to The Pinnacles each year!
 
Walk on the Moon at The Pinnacles in Western Australia || The Travel Tester || #Australia #Pinnacles #thePinnacles #PinnaclesDesert #WesternAustralia #Nambung #NambungNationalPark #NationalPark #MoonLandscape

Walk on the Moon at The Pinnacles in Western Australia || The Travel Tester || #Australia #Pinnacles #thePinnacles #PinnaclesDesert #WesternAustralia #Nambung #NambungNationalPark #NationalPark #MoonLandscape
Nick photographing at The Pinnacles national park Australia

 
Walk on the Moon at The Pinnacles in Western Australia || The Travel Tester || #Australia #Pinnacles #thePinnacles #PinnaclesDesert #WesternAustralia #Nambung #NambungNationalPark #NationalPark #MoonLandscape

Walk on the Moon at The Pinnacles in Western Australia || The Travel Tester || #Australia #Pinnacles #thePinnacles #PinnaclesDesert #WesternAustralia #Nambung #NambungNationalPark #NationalPark #MoonLandscape
We can recommend spending about 1-1.5 Hours at Pinnacle Western Australia

 
The Travel Tester - Further Reading

The Pinnacles Aboriginal History

While there is not much known about The Pinnacles from modern day explorers, this desert has been home to Aboriginal tribes for many years and Nambung (the ‘land of crooked river’)  appeared in Aboriginal Dreamtime for many generations. 

Aboriginal stories tell how the Yued tribe (who lived in peace in this desert for many years), saw their neighbouring tribe Mulbarrn punished by the Lords of the Dreaming for hunting on their land. After that, any tribe who traveled to the Yues land were vanquished. Each tall limestone replaced each enemy who lay dead on their land. 

Curious to learn more about aboriginal astronomy? Make sure to read our guide:

Australian Aboriginal Astronomy: The World’s First Astronomers?

 

The Pinnacles Video

Curious to see The Pinnacles before you arrive? Check out these videos, showing The Pinnacles West Australia Loop Track and close-ups of the rock formations:


 
Walk on the Moon at The Pinnacles in Western Australia || The Travel Tester || #Australia #Pinnacles #thePinnacles #PinnaclesDesert #WesternAustralia #Nambung #NambungNationalPark #NationalPark #MoonLandscape

Walk on the Moon at The Pinnacles in Western Australia || The Travel Tester || #Australia #Pinnacles #thePinnacles #PinnaclesDesert #WesternAustralia #Nambung #NambungNationalPark #NationalPark #MoonLandscape
My brother posing like a model at Pinnacles Desert Australia :)

 
Walk on the Moon at The Pinnacles in Western Australia || The Travel Tester || #Australia #Pinnacles #thePinnacles #PinnaclesDesert #WesternAustralia #Nambung #NambungNationalPark #NationalPark #MoonLandscape

Walk on the Moon at The Pinnacles in Western Australia || The Travel Tester || #Australia #Pinnacles #thePinnacles #PinnaclesDesert #WesternAustralia #Nambung #NambungNationalPark #NationalPark #MoonLandscape
Are we still on earth here? Greetings Earthlings from The Pinnacle Park Alien Landscape!

 

The Pinnacles Desert Opening Hours

There is a Nambung National Park entree fee, and The Pinnacles Desert entrance fee is included in this price for the park. You pay the fee upon entry of Nambung National Park. No entry fee applies if you walk or cycle into a park. Please check this website for all the information on current prices: parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/know/park-entry-fees

In the park, you can visit The Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre. This new Pinnacles Visitor Center is open from 09:30 to 16:30 on every day of the year except Christmas Day. They’ve made sure to adjust The Pinnacles opening hours to daylight and twilight hours, so you can enjoy spectacular sunsets and sunrises. There are also toilets.

The park itself is open 24 hours, so if you’re a stargazer, then you might want to arrive late! If you have a clear night with little or no moon visible, you’ll get a fantastic view of the Milky Way from here. Make sure to bring a tripod and a wide angle lens to get a good picture of the stars. Leave the shutter open for about 30 seconds, select a low F/stop and a mid level aperture and then edit the photo in software such as Adobe Lightroom to get a good result. 

Here are some photo tips of shooting night sky photos at The Pinnacles: www.australiascoralcoast.com/…/photographing-milky-way-pinnacles
 

Walk on the Moon at The Pinnacles in Western Australia || The Travel Tester || #Australia #Pinnacles #thePinnacles #PinnaclesDesert #WesternAustralia #Nambung #NambungNationalPark #NationalPark #MoonLandscape
It’s easy to drive your car over the Pinnacles track

 

Walk on the Moon at The Pinnacles in Western Australia || The Travel Tester || #Australia #Pinnacles #thePinnacles #PinnaclesDesert #WesternAustralia #Nambung #NambungNationalPark #NationalPark #MoonLandscape
Make sure to leave your car as well for the pinnacles walk that starts at the visitor car park

 

The Pinnacles Discovery Center

At the Pinnacles Desert Discover Center, you can expect displays, soundscapes, videos and objects that explain the geology of the pinnacles formations and the cultural and natural heritage values of the area.

The building really has been designed to blend with the surrounding environment and incorporates tech such as solar power, passive solar building design and rainwater collection. Make sure not to miss the Pinnacle Lookout, which is located just behind the visitor center. 

From the center’s car park, you can also step onto the “Desert View Trail”, which is an easy, 1.5 kilometer, 45 minutes return walk through the desert. 
 

Walk on the Moon at The Pinnacles in Western Australia || The Travel Tester || #Australia #Pinnacles #thePinnacles #PinnaclesDesert #WesternAustralia #Nambung #NambungNationalPark #NationalPark #MoonLandscape
The Pinnacles National Parks Visitor Center

Walk on the Moon at The Pinnacles in Western Australia || The Travel Tester || #Australia #Pinnacles #thePinnacles #PinnaclesDesert #WesternAustralia #Nambung #NambungNationalPark #NationalPark #MoonLandscape
 
Walk on the Moon at The Pinnacles in Western Australia || The Travel Tester || #Australia #Pinnacles #thePinnacles #PinnaclesDesert #WesternAustralia #Nambung #NambungNationalPark #NationalPark #MoonLandscape

Walk on the Moon at The Pinnacles in Western Australia || The Travel Tester || #Australia #Pinnacles #thePinnacles #PinnaclesDesert #WesternAustralia #Nambung #NambungNationalPark #NationalPark #MoonLandscape
Nick has changed his job to become a Pinnacle locations scout for a sci-fi movie ;)

 

The Pinnacles Self-Drive

If you have your own car, it’s very easy to visit The Pinnacles Nambung National Park yourself. The Perth to Pinnacles distance 191 km. It takes a little over two hours to drive from Perth to Nambung National Park. 

You don’t need a 4-wheel drive here as the roads are sealed and you can just use a regular car to see the rock formations. About one hour is plenty to see everything. There is a car park within walking distance of the limestone spires, so after arriving you can either ride around in your car, or (which we also recommend) stop and go for a walk. 

What we can recommend is to visit the nearby Jurien Bay beach when you’re in this area, you can spot sea lions here and we had a lovely lunch here. Other option is to have a break in the town of Cervantes (right next to The  Pinnacles WA), which is the Rock Lobster Capital of Australia, apparently. The “Lobster Shack” is the place to be. From Thirsty Point, you can get panoramic views of the ocean and sand dunes. 

Going North, next stop will be Monkey Mia.

On the way down to Perth, you might want to stop at Lancelin, where you can have a go at sandboarding on Western Australia’s largest sand dunes. Another great stop is Yanchep National Park, where you can spot kangaroos and koalas. 
 

Walk on the Moon at The Pinnacles in Western Australia || The Travel Tester || #Australia #Pinnacles #thePinnacles #PinnaclesDesert #WesternAustralia #Nambung #NambungNationalPark #NationalPark #MoonLandscape
The Pinnacles – Perth – Broome… This car gave us so much trouble along the way, ugh!

 

Walk on the Moon at The Pinnacles in Western Australia || The Travel Tester || #Australia #Pinnacles #thePinnacles #PinnaclesDesert #WesternAustralia #Nambung #NambungNationalPark #NationalPark #MoonLandscape
Can you spot the ocean behind The Pinnacles NP?

 
The Travel Tester - Tour Suggestions

The Pinnacles Tour from Perth

Rather take a guided bus tour from Perth? Not a problem! The first time I visited, my brother and I took a Pinnacles Perth tour, which also visited other sights in the area, the second time I visited, I drove myself. Both are equally convenient, it just depends on your budget and travel style.

As I said, the Pinnacles WA distance from Perth is only about a two hour drive, but on these day tours, they take you to several interesting stops along the way to get the most out of your time on the road from your Pinnacles desert Perth Tour.

Here are some good suggestions for Perth Pinnacles Tours:

 

Walk on the Moon at The Pinnacles in Western Australia || The Travel Tester || #Australia #Pinnacles #thePinnacles #PinnaclesDesert #WesternAustralia #Nambung #NambungNationalPark #NationalPark #MoonLandscape
Don’t tell anyone I took a little sand from The Pinnacles trails home with me…

 

Walk on the Moon at The Pinnacles in Western Australia || The Travel Tester || #Australia #Pinnacles #thePinnacles #PinnaclesDesert #WesternAustralia #Nambung #NambungNationalPark #NationalPark #MoonLandscape
No climbing the rocks at The Pinnacles in WA! No worries, we didn’t break this from the Pinnacle itself, it was already on the ground.

 

Nambung National Park Weather

The best time of the year to visit Nambung and The Pinnacles weather-wise is July, August, September and October. This is also the time to see Western Australia in bloom with wildflowers! 
 

Walk on the Moon at The Pinnacles in Western Australia || The Travel Tester || #Australia #Pinnacles #thePinnacles #PinnaclesDesert #WesternAustralia #Nambung #NambungNationalPark #NationalPark #MoonLandscape
Even with the grey skies, The Pinnacles Desert looks amazing!

 
The Travel Tester - Practical Information

Pinnacles Campsites, Resorts, Motels & More!

If you were planning for some Pinnacles camping adventures, I unfortunately have to disappoint you. Nambung National Park Camping is prohibited. There are a full range of accommodation and other services are available in the nearby town of Cervantes, so make sure to check those out!

  • Pinnacles Edge Resort
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Swimming pool
    • On-site restaurant and bar 
    • All accommodations features cooking facilities
    • All accommodations include a desk, a flat-screen TV and a DVD player
  • Pinnacles Cervantes Holiday Homes
    •  Self-contained apartments with a flat-screen TV and a DVD player
    • Shared barbecue area
    • The apartments include a fully equipped kitchen with an oven, a microwave and a refrigerator
    • Each apartment has a separate living and dining area
  • Cervantes Pinnacles WA Motel
    • Swimming pool,
    • On-site restaurant and a bar
    • BBQ facilities
    • All rooms are air-conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV, mini-bar, refrigerator and tea and coffee making facilities
    • The private bathroom includes a shower, a hairdryer, and free toiletries
    • Free on-site parking
    • Free WiFi available in public areas
  • RAC Cervantes Holiday Park
    • Swimming pool
    • Free WiFi available on site
    • Free private parking
    • Each of the modern 2 and 3-bedroom villas features a fully equipped kitchen, large living room and private bathroom facilities
    • On-site laundry facilities, camp kitchen and BBQs
    • On-site cafe
  • Lobster Lodge
    • Cafe, communal kitchen and BBQ facilities
    • On-site internet kiosk offering both ADSL and Wi-Fi access
    • Accommodations options include private rooms, dormitories and an apartment
    • All dormitories and private rooms have bed linen included
    • Self-service laundry
    • There are restaurants and shops within 0.6 mile of the lodge

 
Walk on the Moon at The Pinnacles in Western Australia || The Travel Tester || #Australia #Pinnacles #thePinnacles #PinnaclesDesert #WesternAustralia #Nambung #NambungNationalPark #NationalPark #MoonLandscape

Walk on the Moon at The Pinnacles in Western Australia || The Travel Tester || #Australia #Pinnacles #thePinnacles #PinnaclesDesert #WesternAustralia #Nambung #NambungNationalPark #NationalPark #MoonLandscape
 
Walk on the Moon at The Pinnacles in Western Australia || The Travel Tester || #Australia #Pinnacles #thePinnacles #PinnaclesDesert #WesternAustralia #Nambung #NambungNationalPark #NationalPark #MoonLandscape

 

 

 The Travel Tester - Further Reading

Beyond The Pinnacles Backpacking Tips

Going backpacking in Australia? Then you have to check out our blog post about the Australia backpacking budget we recommend: 

Complete Breakdown of Australia Backpacking Budget: Everything You Need To Know!

 

More Space Articles

Love space? Then we recommend checking out these articles on our website:

 

Looking for fun Space Gifts? Check out our shop:

The Travel Tester Shop

 
The Travel Tester - Packing Tips

 

The Travel Tester - Save on Pinterest

PLAN ON VISITING THE PINNACLES IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA? BOOKMARK THIS ARTICLE ON PINTEREST!

Spaceships Campervan Rental Australia: Driving That Is Out Of This World! || The Travel Tester

Nederlands (Dutch)

More from Nienke

Bloggers: Want To Get Paid For Photos of your Travels? Here Are 5 Things You’re Doing Wrong!

Part of my freelance job working for a big travel company here...
Read More

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.