Day TripPinnacles & Cervantes

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Walk on the moonscape of the Pinnacles, feast on fresh lobster and surf giant sand dunes.

Take a day trip from Perth to the other-worldly landscape of the Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park. Following the Indian Ocean Drive, you can stop to meet friendly kangaroos, try sandboarding and taste Cervantes’ famous seafood delicacy.

If you’re travelling between July and October, you’ll see Western Australia in full colour, as the coastal landscapes are filled with the blooms of spring wildflowers.

Best time: August and September (to coincide with the wildflowers)


Highlights:

  • Yanchep National Park
  • The Lobster Shack
  • Pinnacles Desert
  • Lancelin
  • Wildflowers

Lunch at The Lobster ShackLunch at The Lobster Shack, Cervantes

Morning: Perth to Yanchep and Cervantes

Heading north from Perth via the Mitchell Freeway and Marmion Avenue or Wanneroo Road, the drive to Yanchep takes less than an hour from central Perth.

Take a morning walk on one of nine walk trails in Yanchep National Park to meet the resident kangaroos, koala colony and wildlife of the woodlands and wetlands. Between September and October, the gardens and bushlands are also filled with the colour of spring wildflowers.


If you’re keeping good time, stop for a quick coffee break at the park’s café or restaurant.

Join the Indian Ocean Drive north of Yanchep and head for the rock lobster capital of Cervantes. The journey is approximately one and a half hours, giving you time to dine like a king – feasting on WA’s most valuable delicacy, worth over AU$300 million a year.

Between November and August, The Lobster Shack offers daily boat tours to collect the lobster pots, as well as factory tours and fresh seafood lunches.



Lunch at The Lobster ShackThe Pinnacles Desert, Nambung National Park

Afternoon: Cervantes to the Pinnacles and Lancelin

If you’re craving a dip in the Indian Ocean or a coastal panorama photo opportunity, head for Hangover Bay or Thirsty Point.

On your way south to the Pinnacles, take a short detour to encounter some of the oldest living fossils on Earth – the stromatolites and strombalites of Lake Thetis.

You can opt to walk or drive through the Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park. Tracks and trails lead you through thousands of limestone spires formed over millions of years, and the nearby Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre explains its mysteries, history and habitats.

Retrace your journey to Perth via the Indian Ocean Drive, and stop for a mini adventure in Lancelin – sandboarding on Western Australia’s largest sand dunes. Or climb to the summit and watch the colour show as the sun sets into the Indian Ocean.

From here, it’s just over one-and-a-half-hour’s drive, joining Wanneroo Road and the Mitchell Freeway, to bring you back to Perth.


Important Travel Information
  • The road into the Pinnacles Desert is sealed, and there is a car park within walking distance of the limestone spires.
  • Lancelin sand dunes are a popular playground for four wheel drivers, bikers and dune buggy racing enthusiasts. Take care when entering the area.
  • TAKE nothing but photos – picking wildflowers is illegal and can attract a AU$2000 fine. RESPECT private property and don’t trespass. PROTECT canola crops and prevent the spread of disease by staying out of canola fields.


Trip Details

START:

Duration:

REGION(S):

Perth 1 day Perth & Surrounds
The Coral Coast

Distances:

Perth to Yanchep

56 km

Yanchep to Cervantes

154 km

Cervantes to Nambung National Park

19.5 km

Nambung National Park to Lancelin

76 km

Lancelin to Perth

129 km

Total Distance

435 km



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