The Pinnacles & Cervantes

The Pinnacles, Cervantes, Western Australia

October 2016

A visit to the Pinnacles Desert was a road trip we did from Perth. It was a day trip with a stop over at Lancelin sand dunes on the way back. A 2 hours drive north of Perth, 195 km away, takes you to The Pinnacles Desert, situated in Namburg National Park. The Pinnacles is one of the most famous natural wonders of Western Australia.

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Welcome board at Pinnacles Desert, one of the attractions in Namburg National Park.

The Pinnacles

Entry fees as at October 2016

The Pinnacles desert covers an area of approximately 190 hectares containing thousands of limestone pinnacles, some up to 3 meters high rising up out of the sand. The variation in colours is due mainly to the soil types. It is best visited in the early morning or during sunset when shadows of the pinnacle creates patterns and shapes over the sand. Entry fees to the park is $12.00 per passenger vehicle payable at the gate. Caravans and trailers can be left in the car park as the loop is not suitable for these vehicles.

o—–   The Pinnacles Desert   —–o

The Pinnacles & Cervantes The Pinnacles & Cervantes The Pinnacles & Cervantes The Pinnacles & CervantesThe desert accessible by cars, has a 4km loop track around the pinnacles. Its route is marked by rocks in the sand that would not allow you to deviate. You can stop your car at the designated parking spots along the way and get out to take some photos or go for a walk.

The sand is hard and compact to drive on by any ordinary car. A 4WD is not necessary despite the desert like terrain. Any ordinary car can handle it just fine and as you drive on the sand, the steering feels firm.

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In the background are white sand dunes.

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This is about the average height of the pinnacles.

Driving along the Pinnacles loop track, gives you some good views of the landscape. You can wander around the Pinnacles Walk Trail or admire the desert views from the Pinnacles Lookout. The Pinnacles Desert is not really big. It’s actually more like a large, barren clearing and you won’t easily get lost.

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A lookout point in the Pinnacles Desert. Ample parking area here.

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The Pinnacle Desert from the lookout point. More like a lunar landscape.

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Boardwalk to the Desert View walk trail.

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Way to the Pinnacles Gallery.

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Part of a display in the gallery.

Finished touring the Pinnacles Desert, we headed to Cervantes about 22km away for lunch at the much written about Lobster Shack. We had half grilled lobster, chips & salad costing $38. Very disappointed that the lobster’s meat was ‘dry & stiff’. Nothing to write home about, at least for me.

Lobster Shack, Caventes

Had lunch at Lobster Shack, Cervantes.

Lobster Shack, Caventes

There are open-air and enclosed eating area.

Lobster Shack, Caventes

Menu and prices.

Lobster Shack, Caventes

Half grilled lobster, chips & salad. Dry, not suculent.

Before returning to Perth, we stop at Thirsty Point beach a short 3km drive from Lobster Shack. A wooden boardwalk through the sand will lead you to a lookout point. The lookout point offers spectacular panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. People come here to swim, wind surf and fishing.

At the junction turning into Thirsty Point beach (Seville Street), we noticed Island Cafe at Liberty petrol station serves Crayfish. You may want to try this as an alternative. While lobsters live in saltwater, crayfish live in freshwater and smaller in size,

Thirsty Point lookout

Thirsty Point beach.

Thirsty Point lookout

View of the Indian Ocean across the dunes.

Thirsty Point lookout

Couple ready to wind surf.

Cervantes

Island Cafe at Liberty petrol station serves Crayfish. It’s to your left entering or right leaving Cervantes town.

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Route from Perth to The Pinnacles, Lobster Shach & Thirsty Point beach. A one way distance of 219km.

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Ready to enter Indian Ocean Drive Highway for our return to Perth.

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Hyden to Perth Western Australia

Wave Rock to Perth, Western Australia

October 2016

Our 4th day road trip will take us back to Perth with a stop at Araluen Botanic Garden. Before leaving Wave Rock, we made our way to the airport about 1km from the main road for a look-see. On the way, we passed more small lakes by the roadside but unfortunately not pink. The road to the airport also leads to Lake Magic as well as Wave Rock Resort.

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Directional sign opposite to the junction to Wave Rock. Just a few meters to the left is the cafe and visitor centre.

Hyden to Perth, Western Australia

Small, shallow lakes just by the roadside.

Wave Rock Airport

Wave Rock airport building.

Wave Rock Airport

The back of the airport.

Wave Rock Airport

Fenced taxiway. The runway is at the far end. It’s an airfield rather than an ‘airport’.

Right in Hyden’s town centre coming from Wave Rock, to your left and opposite IGA store, you’ll see a stretch of tin sculptures. There is a tin horse pulling a wagon, a tin truck, tin men, tin women, except rin tin tin.

Hyden tin sculptures

Tin sculptures in Hyden town centre.

Hyden tin sculptures

A truck and tin men on bicycles seemingly peddling a dynamo to produce electrical power.

Hyden tin sculptures

The entire line of sculptures. From Perth, it will be on your right opposite IGA store.

The majority of Western Australia’s country roads are long and straight until it disappears into infinity. We must complement the authorities for maintaining it in such good condition. Rarely do you see patch-up works and if you do, they are properly done. At no time did we ever see any pot-holes even when the roads are being used by huge and heavy vehicles. Unlike our roads back home, pot holes are big enough for a cat to literally swim in.

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The long straight roads of Western Australia.

Hyden to Perth Western Australia

On some stretches, the trees are more denser and greener.

Hyden to Perth Western Australia

Power of women halting traffic.

Hyden to Perth Western Australia

Some kind of wheat machinery taking up ¾ of the road. Took us many kilometres to overtake.

Hyden to Perth Western Australia

You’ll see many of this ‘road-trains’ in the countryside.

Hyden to Perth Western Australia

Don’t know what this vehicle is called, but it’s super long.

The road from Hyden to Perth passes along the country’s wheat belt. Some fields has had their wheat harvested while others awaiting harvesting. We stopped by one of the fields to see the wheat as back home we only have paddy.

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Wheat belt near the township of Corrigin.

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Close-up of the wheat. It’s golden ripe waiting for harvesting.

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Round bales of wheat straw on harvested field.

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Counting the wheat bales.

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1st leg of our return road trip to Perth, a stop at Corrigin after a 115km drive.

Leaving Corringin town heading towards Perth, you would hardly miss a dog cemetery. It’s by the roadside on your right 6km after town on a small patch of land. After a short stop, we proceeded our journey to Araluen Botanic Park for another 193km, a drive of 2 hours. Posts relating to the park are here. From Araluen, we still had time for some window shopping at Belmont Forum, Perth before heading to our hotel in the CBD..

corrigin dog cemetery

Corrigin dog cemetery,  just by the roadside.

corrigin dog cemetery

Not a large cemetery though.

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As the signboard says. The town of Brookton has a railway line intersection close to the BP petrol station. It is a nice spot to photograph which I regretfully didn’t.

Hyden to Perth Western Australia

Field with small yellow wild flowers.

Hyden to Perth Western Australia

193km away from Corrigin, we reached Araluen Botanic Park. An a further 41km, we reached Pensione Hotel.

Araluen Botanical Garden

Entrance to Araluen Botanical Garden. Posts for Araluen can be found here.

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Wave Rock Caravan Park, Hyden, Western Australia

Wave Rock Caravan Park, Hyden, Western Australia

October 2016

We spent a night at Wave Rock Caravan Park in a self-contained cabin. Various other types of accommodation are also available here. It includes Ensuite powered suites, self-contained ensuite cabins, backpackers accommodation, caravan sites & camping sites. Facilities in the park includes swimming pool, barbecue area, spacious and clean camp kitchen, toilets, disabled facilities, laundry with washing machines, clothes dryers, clothes lines, playground, cricket pitch, campers kitchen, on site kiosk and covered eating area. And best of all, all sites are within walking distance to the base of Wave Rock.

Wave Rock Caravan Park, Hyden, Western Australia

From within the Caravan Park looking at the entrance we came in.

Wave Rock Caravan Park, Hyden, Western Australia

The kiosk cum office at the entrance of Wave Rock Caravan Park.

Our so-called ‘self-contained cabin’ is located directly opposite the Kiosk close to the entrance. The cabin is a one bedroom self-contained ensuite cabin. It can sleep four people with a double and single bed in the bedroom and a single bed in the living area. There is a small fully equipped kitchen at the dining/living area with TV & air-cond. The bathroom comes with hot/cold showers. It’s just like any hotel room although it looks like a 40′ shipping container from the outside. Free wifi is however only available at the communal kitchen. In mid October, the cabin cost $130 per night.

Wave Rock Caravan Park, Hyden, Western Australia

Our cabin for the night just across the kiosk.

Wave Rock Caravan Park, Hyden, Western Australia

One bedroom, ensuite bathroom and kitchen cum dining/living area.

Wave Rock Caravan Park, Hyden, Western Australia

The kitchen cum dining/living area, the bedroom at the far end and a bathroom in between.(L) The bedroom. (R).    Credit:tripadvisor.com

Getting to the base of Wave Rock is a short walk away from our cabin. If you drive, it’ll take less than 30 seconds. Initially we tried booking for a room at Wave Rock Motel & Wave Rock Resort, unfortunately they were both fully booked. Wave Rock Motel is in Hyden town 4 km away, while Wave Rock Resort is 1.5 km away, closer to Lake Magic. Staying at the cabin is actually a great option. The close proximity to Wave Rock will enable you to visit it at your convenience and do it as many times as you wish even if it’s at night. Trust us, you’ll not be disappointed putting up here. Hotel amenities in the bush!

Wave Rock Caravan Park, Hyden, Western Australia

Slightly ahead of our cabin, turn left at the information board for the vehicle parking area to Wave Rock. From outside of our cabin, the top of Wave Rock and the water retaining slabs can be seen.

Wave Rock Caravan Park, Hyden, Western Australia

From the vehicle parking area, looking toward the information board you turned earlier.

Wave Rock Caravan Park, Hyden, Western Australia

Rest area and toilets at the vehicle parking area.

Wave Rock Caravan Park, Hyden, Western Australia

One of the few information boards regarding the surrounding environment before entering Wave Rock.

Wave Rock Caravan Park, Hyden, Western Australia

Tiled passageway to Wave Rock from the parking area. Further ahead, the path is a gravel track.

Wave Rock Caravan Park, Hyden, Western Australia

The communal kitchen & washroom at the Caravan Park. In the background are caravan lots.

Wave Rock Caravan Park, Hyden, Western Australia

Tables & chairs at the communal kitchen.

Wave Rock Caravan Park, Hyden, Western Australia

There are lots for caravan and tents as well, powered or otherwise.

Wave Rock Caravan Park, Hyden, Western Australia

Children playground at the caravan park.

Visiting Wave Rock in mid October, you will be rewarded with varieties of wild flowers of different forms and colours which by itself is an attraction. They are scattered on the grounds among the bushes, trees and clearings. Beware though, picking of WILD flowers is an offence.

o—–   Wave Rock wild flowers   —–o

Wave Rock Caravan Park, Hyden, Western Australia

Take careful notice of this notice.

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