The name “desert” can sometimes put people off. It can invoke images of hot, dry, sandy places where the harshness of the conditions outweighs the beauty. So, with the name “Pinnacles Desert” people are sometimes apprehensive of visiting, especially in summer. Well take it from me, as a veteran of five hundred day trips to the Pinnacles Desert, the unique and striking beauty to be found there is well worth the effort.
The amazing “polenta-orange” coloured sand, unique rock formations and amazing contrasts between the turquoise ocean water (visible from the Pinnacles Desert), green coastal scrub, huge white sand dunes and endless blue skies is fantastic. In fact, I have found that a cool ocean breeze is almost always blowing when we visit the Pinnacles, which works to cool everybody down and keep the flies away. A win/win, that’s for sure.
Recently it reached 46 degrees Celsius at the Pinnacles – an unusually hot day, ten degrees above the norm – and to my amazement I had three young ladies from Taiwan in the tour group that remained wearing their long sleeved “hoodie” jumpers! I was amazed and thought them a little crazy-in-the-coconut but, they seemed quite content, didn’t complain, and in fact loved the whole experience. It just goes to show you that sometimes it is our attitude towards things such as the weather that affects us more than the actual reality.
Take British people arriving into Perth in winter. Whilst we locals are wrapping scarfs around our necks and complaining about the cold weather (16 degrees Celsius) the new arrivals from Europe are wearing shorts and t-shirts and saying “this is a summer’s day in Edinburgh”.
With more sunlight hours than any other capital city in Australia, Perth is blessed with a fantastic Mediterranean climate. Obviously some days are better than others but trust me, most people say they feel happier in warm weather than in cold weather, and nearly everyone prefers dry weather to wet weather. So come along and experience a little slice of the west coast for yourself on the Pinnacles Magic tour.