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The Mystery of the Pinnacles Desert

May 3, 2017

In an intriguing vast and remote landscape of shifting sand dunes and valleys of grass trees, we find thousands of huge limestone pillars up to 4 meters tall rising out of the deep yellow sand of Nambung National Park, resembling a landscape from another planet.

 

The pillars are made up of sea shell fossils from earlier times and there are all shapes, sizes and faces; The Turtle, the Cathedral, the Whale, Casper the Ghost and even a Sea Lion balancing a ball on its nose.

 

 

Aboriginal Significance

 

The Pinnacles Desert is situated in the middle of Nambung National Park, an area of approximately 17491 hectares located 250 kilometers North of Perth.

 

This country is significant to the Aboriginal Yued and Whadjuk language groups, part of the Noonygar People of the South West of Australia. They named it Nambung, meaning crooked or winding, after the river that winds its way through the National Park.

 

Aboriginal artifacts at least 6,000 years old have been found in the desert which suggests that the Pinnacles were exposed about 6,000 years ago and then covered up by shifting sands, before being exposed again in the last few hundred years.

 

The records of Europeans at the Pinnacles date back to the 1650's, when the North and South Hummocks where first chartered by the Dutch. They believed this area was a lost and ruined city.

 

 

Open for business

 

The Pinnacles Desert was relatively unknown until the late 1960s when the Department of Lands and Surveys decided to include the area to Nambung National Park, which had been created in 1956.

 

Over the years a bitumen road, the Discovery Centre and facilities were build. The Pinnacles Desert was open for business.

 

Nowadays a visit to the Pinnacles is the most popular day tour out of Perth. More than 350,000 people visit Nambung National Park every year.

 

 

Travel Western Australia specialises in exclusive day tours to the Pinnacles Desert, departing Perth every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

 

For more information go to our 1 Day Pinnacles Magic Tour.

 

 

 

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