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  1. Fabulous! Thank you so much. The trip is just long enough without getting boring and also not too short to leave one wishing for more! I have not been yet, but its definitely on my list of musts when I am back home again.

  2. I’ve never been to the Pinnacles, but your honest and useful review has definitely piqued my interest, and the next time we drive north we’ll definitely stop by.

    • I’m glad I’ve inspired you to visit The Pinnacles, Jo. It’s definitely one of those places you have to see at least once if you live in WA!

  3. If you are in the area don’t forget the stromatolites at Lake Thetis. If you are the sort of person who thinks stromatolites are cool. They don’t move much, but they are very, very ancient critters.

    • Hi Ian, that’s a good point. I agree the Lake Thetis stromatolites are worth a look for anyone interested in natural history/geology and the views and walk around the lake are nice too.

  4. I am going to perth 24/12/13-1/1/14
    I am excited to visit pinnacle but I was wonder to take the tour from perth is better or find a place nearby and visit by self drive. .
    where can stay if want to go pinnacles besides stay at perth city and take tour from perth?
    I need a budget and economic tour plan as the accommodation in perth for 8days are very costly. .. :(

    • Hello Teoh,

      I think one of the cheaper day tours would end up being less expensive for you – unless you find a really good deal on car hire (depends a lot on your age and whether or not you have an Australian/UK drivers licence).

      On a day tour you’ll get a good look at The Pinnacles and stop off at several other tourist attractions on the way and close by, such as the Lancelin sand dunes. But the good thing about spending the night near The Pinnacles is that you’ll be able to see them around sunset and if you like the beach there are some nice spots to swim nearby and good snorkelling too.

      The town of Cervantes is very close to The Pinnacles. It doesn’t have a huge range of accommodation, but there are a few places you could stay. Unless you have a tent, the cheapest option in Cervantes would be a dorm in the Cervantes backpackers lodge. It’s clean, comfortable and reasonably nice for a backpackers hostel.

      You could also have a look for accommodation in Jurien Bay which is not far north of Cervantes and The Pinnacles.

      Another option would be to hire a campervan if you can find a good deal, because then you’d have your transport and accommodation in one.

      I hope I was able to help you out somewhat. Let me know if you have any further questions.

  5. thk and it is very informative . our family planning to visit perth in april 14.
    we will certainly take yr advice to visit pinnacle . keep on writing .

  6. Great article Bonny!

    My family is planning to visit the Pinnacle in early June and would appreciate if you could share with us some of the
    – due to its desert-like terrain, can the 4-km track be accessed using 2 wheel drive (2WD) vehicle or only 4WD vehicle is allow? As we will be renting a 2WD, I really hope that would not be any issue. Otherwise, what other alternative to cover the entire length leisurely?
    – are there any recommended stop-over along the 4-km track?
    – I am not too sure about the weather there early June but is the place still accessible if it rain? What kind of clothing is recommended during that time? Pardon me for being ‘ignorant’ about the weather there:)

    • Hi Bonny & Kelvin,

      Great question, we are travelling there on the 14/6 and are concern if our 2WD Tarrago will work. We are still in conflict if we should take the tour bus option or drive ourselves. Any comments?

    • Hello Kelvin and Josh,

      The good news is that The Pinnacles are completely and totally accessible for 2WD’s. There is a good sealed road (Indian Ocean Drive) running the length of the Turquoise Coast from Perth to The Pinnacles and beyond! The road to the discovery centre and carpark is also an ordinary bitumen road.

      The 4km loop track through the desert is unsealed and sandy, but fine for normal cars – no 4WD necessary. A 2WD Tarago will work, so no need to join a tour if you’d prefer to drive yourself.

      Kelvin, a 2WD rental vehicle will handle the sandy track fine and I’ve seen rental cars on the track before, but be sure to read the fine print in your contract so that you’re aware of any potential issues the company may have with the car being taken on unsealed roads.

      There are no specific places I’d recommend stopping along the drive – just drive slowly and stop whenever you see a good photo opportunity or feel like going for a wander around the rocks! If you’re lucky you can often spot wild life among The Pinnacles including emus, kangaroos and cockatoos along the way.

      This is a tourist attraction accessible year round, so no need to worry about winter rains making roads inaccessible. Actually, winter can be a good time to visit because the landscape looks extra-eerie (and photogenic) under a stormy grey sky.
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      • G’day Bonny,

        Thanks for the prompt reply and all the advice.

        Being forgetful as I am due to ‘wiser’ age, luckily you mentioned the need to check the contract fine-print.

        With possibility of spotting wild emu, kangaroo and cockatoo along the way, that would be totally awesome! As we will be walking along the trail, what is the likelihood of stumbling upon snakes in the desert? Any incident of someone bitten by snakes? Not a big issue but perhaps it is good to know.

        Keep up your good work! I will recommend others to this site should they inquire.

        – Kelvin –

        • Thanks Bonny, will definitely check the contract for unsealed road. We are still undecided but might go with Kandu holidays as our boys want to sand board and I don’t know where to rent boards for them on the trip.

          Hi Kelvin, the car rental company we’re using which is by far the most reasonable in pricing is They are also rated high on tripadvisor. We are not related to them in any way but just thought we’ll share our research.


          • Hi Josh, the sandboarding happens in the town of Lancelin, which is on the way to The Pinnacles. You can hire sandboards from the petrol station and several other shops in town. A tour might be a good idea if you are not heading further north and want to fit lots of destinations and activities into one day.
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        • Hi Kelvin, the likelihood of seeing a snake at The Pinnacles is small, especially in winter when they spend more time sleeping. In general the snakes in Western Australia only attack if you get too close and corner or startle them. This is unlikely to happen at The Pinnacles as you won’t be walking through vegetation that could conceal a snake from view.
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  7. Hi Bonny,

    Thank you for creating this informative blog. I am very glad to find this as I hope you will be able to help me.
    I will be travelling to Perth on the 23rd June 14, Which is very soon. It is a self drive holiday for the 10 of us. We have planned 1 day trip up to the Pinnacles from perth city. I wish to book a 4WD bus ride called the desert storm adventure from lancelin. I cant seem to find their website online now. Is the company still in operation? Will I be able to purchase a ride when I get into Lancelin? Please advice. Thank you very much in advance!

    Warm Regards, Yen.

    • Hello Yen,

      I remember the Desert Storm (Big Foot) 4WD bus, I went on it with my mum when I was about 12 and it was amazingly good fun.

      But last I heard, it was out of action with no plans to bring 4WD adventure tours back to the Lancelin dunes. Sadly there was a crash a few years back where the bus rolled over onto its side on the dunes and some people were injured.

      Even without the option of 4WDing, the Lancelin dunes are still worth a look on the way up to The Pinnacles.
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  8. Hello,

    I am planning to travel end of December to Pinnacels via perth – i was hoping to do self drive. Is this tour suitable for senior citizens?

    Also i want to know if there are tours at the park for a 4 wheel drive to the pinnacles as i will be coming there with a 2 wheel drive.

    Thanks, Hetal

  9. What is the latest in the evening in December should one visit the pinnacles.

    I am driving up from Perth airport,leaving about 3pm.


    • Hi Hansa, the sun sets around 7-7:30pm in December 2014 (see, so you should be able to get there in time to see The Pinnacles before nightfall. But if you plan on driving back to Perth or further north afterwards, it will be nighttime so it might be a good idea to book accommodation close to The Pinnacles for that night, especially if you’re tired after a long flight or are not used to driving in Australia.

      • Hi Bonny,

        thanks for getting back so quickly. Appreciate your additional suggestions. Yes, we will be staying the night in the vicinity and then moving on to Kalbarri the next day for some outdoor fun and adventure there for the teens.

        Found the comments and responses to the others helpful too especially about the types of vehicles and rentals and small print issues.

  10. Great informative site. My friends and I are planning a self-drive day trip from Perth in mid November. I noticed that some day tours include a visit to New Norcia on the way to the Pinnacles. Would that be too far a detour? There are 3 drivers in the group so we plan to take turns to drive.

    • Hello May,

      New Norcia and The Pinnacles are both very interesting places worth a visit, but they really both deserve their own day trip! I think a trip over 2 days with a night in either New Norcia or Cervantes/Jurien Bay would be a better way to go than trying to cram them both into one day. It would be so much more relaxing and enjoyable and would leave you enough time to properly experience both places – with time left over for a bit of spontaneity and stop-overs at other towns, beaches and nature reserves you come across along the drive.

      While it’s certainly possible to visit both New Norcia and The Pinnacles in one day, this would involve a lot of driving (6 hours +!) which doesn’t leave much time outside the car to experience the destinations. I would only recommend doing this if spreading the trip over 2 days or doing 2 separate day trips is not at all an option for you, and you are deadset determined to visit both and can’t choose between one or the other.

      Let me know if you have any further questions.
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  11. Me and my family is visiting Pinnacles in late November 2014 including sand boarding. We were told it’s not suitable for people with back problems. Is there any reason for this? My mum in her 80’s has slight back problem. Would appreciate your advice on this.

  12. Hi Bonny
    In mid Dec I am driving to the pinnacles from Perth City and will be driving back after the sunset. Is the 2.5hours road back to Perth city easy to navigate with lights along the road? Thanks.

  13. Im trave lling up the west coast from Perth. I’m a senior solo i would like to see the pinnacles i am using public transport.
    Can I get to the pinnacles from Cervantes using public transport?
    What will it cost to get there and back to Cervantes

  14. i would like to take a school group to visit the pinnacles as we have to drive past there on the way to perth anyway – if we walk the loop is there a brochure or something that will give them interesting information or are there signs?

  15. better yet, is there a volunteer guide or someone from the information centre that would be able to go with us and point out interesting things? we could pay a small gratuity but as expense is absorbed by the students it could not be much

  16. We use to live in Geraldton WA but now live in England. We use to always go for a trip around the pinnacles and yes we bought the t shirt lol
    Our daughter has out grown her t shirt and we are wish to get her a new one. Can we order t shirts from the shop there, and would they post to England?

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