Pinnacles.JPG (20381 bytes)Nambung National Park: is situated on the coast of Western Australia and is about three hours travelling time north of Perth and close to the township of Cervantes. There are no camping areas within the Park but a full range of accommodation is available in nearby Cervantes.
Much of the Park is low heath-land that bulges at the seams with colourful native plants that are typical of the Western Australian flora. August to October is the peak flowering period. Members of the Proteaceae family are prominent. Dryandras and Banksias are common.
The most outstanding feature of Nambung National Park is the Pinnacles Desert (see image). This area is in the heart of the Park and consists of thousands of limestone pillars rising out of yellow sand. Some pillars are three and a half metres tall. The pillars are composed of lime-rich sand derived from seashells. Grains of sand were cemented together by calcium carbonate dissolved in rainwater percolating through the sand. This eventually produced a hard rock known as Tamala Limestone.
The Pinnacles are the eroded remnants of a thick bed of limestone. The twin action of bushfires denuding the area and southwesterly winds carrying away loose sand left the pillars. The pillars were exposed about 6000 years ago.
The Pinnacles Desert is an awe-inspiring sight and probably unique in the Australian landscape.
We have visited the area twice. The second visit took place about five years after the first. In that time it was noticeable that vegetation is beginning to return. Many shrubs (particularly Dryandras) are now growing amongst the limestone pillars.