The Pinnacles can be found north of Perth, just outside of Cervantes. The best time to visit the park, in my opinion, would be in the months from March to early November. The main reason for this is that temperatures are lower. The second reason is that the line to the ticket booth is generally shorter.
Because some friends of the kids have not seen the Pinnacles, I thought it would be a great opportunity to take the break over Christmas to show the some Western Australian Wonderland.
The trip itself, takes over 2 hours of driving. There are no gas stations along the Indian Ocean Drive from Yanchep to Jurien Bay. However, there are many ‘picnic’ spots which allows you to see the this part of world from a completely different angle.
Personally, I found the trip towards Cervantes entertaining. I generally take hold of any opportunity to stop for photo opportunity. However, the trip home is definitely different with the object to get home. Of course, this is generally late in the day and after a long day of travel, the trip home can be exhausting. The home trip can be dangerous because of the belief that the trip is a short one. However, with a single lane and everyone doing the same thing as you, this is the time where you need to take a couple of breaks.
Entrance fee to the park is $13.00 per vehicle. December is busy and one can expect to wait in line to purchase a ticket.
According the Australian Coral Coast
These amazing natural limestone structures, some standing as high as five metres, were formed approximately 25,000 to 30,000 years ago, after the sea receded and left deposits of sea shells. Over time, coastal winds removed the surrounding sand, leaving the pillars exposed to the elements.
Once inside the park, you can see the pinnacles either through walking a trail or completing the drive loop. We decide the latter would be more appropriate because even though there was a wind to cool the temperature, it was still hot. Furthermore, we had reached the Pinnacles at 11 am which meant the sun was high making it a bad time for photos.
There are many stop points on the Drive Loop. Many new visitors stop at the first time they can, however there is a great spot to see the pinnacles at the turn of the loop. This will place you behind the main field of Pinnacles and give you the perfect position for a range of photos. Of course you can stop as many times as you want but with many tourist wanting to do the same thing means you may not have the opportunity to park and stop.
Pinnacles Desert Discovery Center is the home to the museum and shop. It is open from 930 am to 430 pm. They sell light refreshments and range of local products which is not often found at other locations. I did not see any lunch options so I would suggest that you take along a picnic basket.
Toilets are situated near the Discovery Center. And there is a request that you bag and take home your own rubbish. There are no waste bins, so make sure you take a bag for your rubbish.
One of the questions I asked the staff members was whether the park closed at 430 pm? I could not find any information about what time they closed, and I thought that take Astro Photography in this area would be amazing.
What I found out is that the Discovery Center closes at 430 pm but the park is still open. This meant that one could stay longer and capture a moment when the light is just right. As a result, I made a point to return back after the mad Christmas rush for taking photos when the light is absolutely perfect.
Overall, I never tire of visiting the Pinnacles. Plus, with an all day ticket means you can see more of this area which includes the Stromalites in Cervantes. If you are thinking ‘Should I?’ ~ then I suggest – YOU SHOULD! 😉