The Unusual Beauty of the Pinnacles in Western Australia

This post may contain affiliate links. We may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase. Read Disclosure.

Western Australia is full of incredible landscapes and the ancient limestone formations known as The Pinnacles are another example of how extraordinarily beautiful this state is.

You already know we believe WA has the most beautiful beaches in the country, and that Karijini National Park is in our top 3 national parks in Australia.

The Pinnacles Desert adds another dimension to this state.

rocks in a desert

The Pinnacles Desert in Western Australia is located in the Nambung National Park just 193 km northwest of Perth along the Indian Ocean Drive.

These weathered rock spires rise out of yellow sand dunes with some standing as high as five metres.

The Pinnacles are geological formations were formed approximately 25,000 years ago after the sea receded and left deposits of sea shells.

And over time coastal winds removed the surrounding sand leaving the limestone pillars exposed to the elements.

You have options in how you wish to explore the Pinnacles, WA.

Walk amongst them (4 kilometres) or you can drive around on a marked track, I chose to walk.

rocks in a desert

rocks in a desert

rocks in a desert

rocks in a desert

close up of plants

close up of a rock tower

rocks in a desert

You don’t need much time here, one hour is enough to enjoy the gorgeous desert landscape.  You may want to check out nearby white beaches of Jurien Bay while here. Or keep driving north to Monkey Mia.

Caz was actually sick when we visited and laid down in the car whilst I walked around taking a few photos. And you don’t need a hard-core 4WD to visit, any ordinary 2WD is enough if you choose to drive.

You can also join tours from Perth if you don’t have your own vehicle to get to Pinnacles, WA.

Plan Your Trip to Western Australia

We’ve been traveling 20 years and have come to rely on a few trusted websites that save us money and time when booking accommodation, flights, and car rental. Below are our preferred partners. If you book through these links, we do receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. It helps us continue to provide inspiring and helpful travel content for free on this site.

Booking accommodation in Western Australia

Booking flights to Western Australia

  • Skyscanner is a comparison website that searches millions of flights. Once you find your best deal, book directly through the airline (no extra fees).

Booking a Car Rental in Western Australia

  • is the world’s biggest car rental booking service that compares all the major brands like Hertz, Avis, Alamo, and Europcar.

Tours in Western Australia

Need more tips for Western Australia? Check out this post – 50 things to do in Western Australia

You may also like

You may also like

Scroll to Top