Explore The Pinnacles Desert, Western Australia

The Pinnacles desert rock formations are a major attraction for over 250000 visitors per year and can be found approximately 2 hours North of Perth in the Nambung National Park.

These enormous standing stones are made of limestone and can be up to 3.5m high and sit amongst the eerily quiet sand dunes in the Numbung National park.

The standing stones have been formed from solidifying sand dunes over thousands of years, Early sailors actually mistook them for the ruins of an ancient city.

Nearby at the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre, you can take a journey through the formation of the Pinnacles and the surrounding National Park, with displays, soundscapes, videos, and objects.

The changing shadows of dawn or dusk can make for some very impressive and unique photo opportunities.

When is the best time of year to visit the Pinnacles?


There isn’t really a best time of year or worst time of year, it is more about the time of day that you visit. A lot of people say that visiting the Pinnacles first thing in the morning or the last thing at night is the best time. This is because the shadows that are produced by the Pinnacles across the desert landscape make it look amazing.

As Perth has beautiful sunny days all throughout the year it means you can be sure to get these amazing shadow shots all year round.

Getting to The Pinnacles


The Nambung National Park is just over two hours north of Perth in a remote location near a town called Cervantes. You could get there by self-driving or on an organised tour.

We highly recommend fitting in a few other fantastic tourist sites such as the Lancelin Sand Dunes whilst you are there. There are various options in Lancelin and Cervantes for a snack or lunch pitstop.

Explore Tours Perth have day tours scheduled to go to the Pinnacles seven days a week, with two different itineraries. Our fun, local guides will pick you up from your Perth City accommodation and take you to some of the best sightseeing nearby to Perth (including that all important selfie with a Pinnacle!).

know before you go:

  • Two hours due north of Perth
  • Approximately 250000 visitors each year
  • Unique photos with changing shadows
  • Visit anytime of the year

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