Nambung National Park is located in the Wheatbelt Region of Western Australia around 200 kilometres northeast of Perth and 17 kilometres south of the coastal town of Cervantes.
The park is filled with a number of landmarks, arguably the most notable of which is the Pinnacles Desert, which is an area filled with thousands of limestone rock pillars.
The Yued people are the traditional custodians of the land and it is said its name come from an Aboriginal work for crooked or winding.
The park contains a variety of attractions ranging from beaches, located at Kangaroo Point and Hangover Bay, coastal dunes, a boardwalk, a variety of thrombolites dating back as far as 3.6 billion years, and the Pinnacles.
Nambung National Park: What to Do
The primary attraction at Nambung National Park is the Pinnacles. Situated along a stretch of coastline along the deep blue Indian Ocean the Pinnacles rise out of an expanse of golden sand dunes.
There is a trail that allows visitors to wind through the Pinnacles, getting up close and personal with the unique sight. Some pillars can be as tall as three-and-a-half metres and they can take a variety of shapes and sizes.
The Pinnacles date back millions of years to an epoch when the area was submerged and the area was nothing but sand beneath the sea. While walking through the spires, visitors can see wild emus, galahs, and a variety of other wildlife darting in and out of the spires.
The Pinnacles is a fantastic place to take in a sunset from the lookout point. There is also an impressive discovery centre that will tell you everything you could want to know about the Pinnacles and how they formed. It is a truly eerie and enchanting sight and it a must for anyone visiting the park.
After you have checked out the Pinnacles, head to the nearby secluded white sand beaches that are ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and surfing. The waters of Hangover Bay are ideal for swimmers.
If swimming, snorkeling, or diving is what you are after, there are a number of diving excursions and tours that embark from nearby Cervantes. Additionally, the park offers wonderful fishing.
If you just want to drop you line in the water, head to the Thirsty Point Lookout. If you want to do some big game fishing, head out on a deep-sea fishing excursion departing from Cervantes.
If you just wan to enjoy some boating, the waters offshore of Nambung National Park are teeming with wonderful Australian marine life, which, when coupled with the stunning scenery of the coastline, makes for a wonderful day out on the water.
Small coral reefs just offshore serve as a home for a variety of fish and if you cruise past the small offshore islands, you might even see sea lions and dolphins.
Take a trip to the beach at Kangaroo Point and enjoy both a white sand beach as well as the many kangaroos that gather in the beach’s foreshore at dawn and dusk.
If you are interested in other water sports, such as windsurfing, Nambung National Park and Cervantes also have you covered, offering ideal conditions for an excellent day out windsurfing on the water.
Where To Stay – Nambung National Park
The best accommodation options can be found in the nearby towns of Cervantes and Jurien Bay, where visitors can find a number of quaint and comfortable bed and breakfasts, holiday cottages, self-contained apartment rentals, and hotels.
Cervantes and Jurien Bay are both old fishing villages and both have maintained the same seaside charm over the years.
The park is accessible by road from Perth.
It is about three-and-a-half hours from Perth. The road is fully sealed the whole way. Visitors can also reach the park by coach from Perth.