Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Pinnacles, Perth 2013

Perth Journal, Day 04
En-route to The Pinnacles, we stopped at the town of Lancelin for a bit of lunch. We bought a box of Rosie's Chicken and both my brother and I agree that the fried chicken was one of the best we have ever had - fried to a salty crisp. Yum! Lancelin seems really small and mainly for tourists heading to the beaches or stopping by to Cervantes. Sometimes I dream of living in a small little town like Lancelin where you know everyone and run a little business that you love.

Altogether, it was about a 3 hours drive from Fremantle to The Pinnacles. We used the new Indian Ocean Drive, a straightforward route that took us through Yanchep National Park and brought us quite near to the Western Australia coastline while on Grey Road. The Pinnacles is located within Nambung National Park and was very well sign-posted. It costs $11 per car for entry to the Pinnacles. You can choose to cover the area on foot or drive through Pinnacles Drive. If you use the car route, don't worry about having to stay in the car throughout, there's ample space along the route to park, hop out and wander around The Pinnacles.

The Pinnacles were other-worldly! I felt like I was on a Star Wars set. It's amazing how these limestone formations were formed organically over time. The day we visited was the one overcast day that we had while in Perth, rendering the landscape colours rather flat. The best time you are supposed to visit is either early morning or sunset but that may not work if you are apprehensive about driving the long journey in the dark (like us). Probably best to stay overnight in a nearby town. So if you are ever in Perth, make sure to carve out at least half a day to visit The Pinnacles, they are not to be missed!

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