Fodor's Expert Review Nambung National Park

Perth Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Imagine an eerie moonscape where pale yellow limestone formations loom as high as 15 feet: this is Nambung National Park and its most famous attraction, the Pinnacles Desert. Set on the Swan coastal plain 200 km (125 miles) north of Perth, it's now accessible in just under two hours along the scenic Indian Ocean Drive. Formed 200,000 years ago, the pinnacles are one of the world's most spectacular karst landscapes created by the dissolving action of water on exposed limestone beds that formed under wind-blown sand dunes. Only a tiny proportion of them have been uncovered. You can walk among them along a 1.2-km (0.7-mile) return walk that starts at the parking area. There's also a 4-km (2½-mile) one-way Pinnacles Desert Loop scenic drive (not suitable for large RVs or buses). Stop in to the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre to see interpretative displays focused on the region's unique geology, flora, and fauna. August through October the heath blazes with wildflowers. Note the "no's":... READ MORE

Imagine an eerie moonscape where pale yellow limestone formations loom as high as 15 feet: this is Nambung National Park and its most famous attraction, the Pinnacles Desert. Set on the Swan coastal plain 200 km (125 miles) north of Perth, it's now accessible in just under two hours along the scenic Indian Ocean Drive. Formed 200,000 years ago, the pinnacles are one of the world's most spectacular karst landscapes created by the dissolving action of water on exposed limestone beds that formed under wind-blown sand dunes. Only a tiny proportion of them have been uncovered. You can walk among them along a 1.2-km (0.7-mile) return walk that starts at the parking area. There's also a 4-km (2½-mile) one-way Pinnacles Desert Loop scenic drive (not suitable for large RVs or buses). Stop in to the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre to see interpretative displays focused on the region's unique geology, flora, and fauna. August through October the heath blazes with wildflowers. Note the "no's": no pinnacle climbing, no dogs, no bins, no drinking water, although water is available to purchase at the interpretative center and gift shop.

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Western Australia  6521, Australia

08-9652–7913

www.parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Rate Includes: $12 per vehicle

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