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About Pinnacles Desert Lookout and Drive Trail, Nambung NP
Wind your way through these amazing limestone structures that create the strange, other world environment that is the Pinnacles Desert.
The trail is a clearly marked, 4.5 km firm sandy track, suitable for 2WD vehicles. With numerous places to stop, you can take the opportunity to get out of the car and have a close-up look at these amazing limestone forms.
There is a lookout platform in the middle of the loop where you can sit for a while and take in the views all the way to the white sand dunes along the coast and the blue of the Indian Ocean. The Lookout Platform is wheelchair friendly.
The trail will take about half an hour, but most people take 1-2 hours to allow time to get out of the car and have a close-up look at the Pinnacles and take photos.
There is an additional 750m spur (1.5km return) available.
If you feel like stretching your legs after a long drive to Nambung NP there is a 1.6 km walk trail that winds its way between the Pinnacles as well.
Please do not climb on them for both your own safety and to preserve these amazing structures for others to enjoy.
On a sunny day, the contrast between the yellow sand and blue sky is quite profound and provides some lovely photo opportunities. Even on a cloudy day the eerie light creates a very moody scene.
Allow time to visit the Pinnacles Discovery Centre and souvenir shop or use the shaded facilities for a picnic.
The Pinnacles are located in the Nambung NP just over 2 hours north of Perth, via Indian Ocean Drive and Pinnacles Drive.
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Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
1 - 3 hours
What To Pack
Group D (Drive trails) required.
What To Pack
Group D (Drive trails)
- Research your trip well in advance. Good preparation is essential as distances in Western Australia are huge and facilities are limited. Visit the website associated with each drive trail for in-depth travel information.
- Carry maps, spare parts, a first aid kit and plenty of food and water to last your journey
- Visit the ‘Travelling in Outback Western Australia’ website for information regarding travelling in the Outback. Permits may need to be arranged in advance to enter into some areas which are on private property.
Additional Useful ItemsDBCA ask that you leave your Pets at DBCA (unless you have Companion Card) - DBCA Office T 96527 043 - Light Industrial Area before entering.
The trail starts in the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre car park.
FacilitiesThe Lookout in the middle of the drive trail loop is wheelchair accessible.
- Access with assistance for the Disabled
- Car Park
- Interpretive Centre
- Parking for Disabled
- Picnic Area
- Public Toilet
- Shaded Area
- Sheltered Area
- Toilet Facilities for Disabled
- View Platform
- Visitor Information Centre
Best time of year
National Park entrance fees apply
Self Drive to the Pinnacles Discovery Centre in the Nambung National Park about 2 hours north of Perth CBD.
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Views all the way to the Indian Ocean
Some of the pinnacles are up to 5 m high!
The stark contrast of the yellow sand and blue sky
The amazing limestone structures create an other world experience
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