Perth August & December 2018 - Day 13

Perth to Cervantes


Tuesday was the start of our road trip around Western Australia to look for wild flowers and other delights. We picked up the rental car in central Perth and were soon on our way north on Highway 60. We had pre-booked accommodation at Cervantes and Geraldton to the north of Perth, York and Hyden to the east, Esperance and Albany to the south and finally Margaret River before returning to Perth Airport. This was to take us on a long circular drive around a corner of Western Australia.

Nilgen Lookout and Nature Reserve

Nilgen was our first opportunity to stop and look at the scenery and the flowers. We had a brief stop, walked one of the loop tracks then continued on our way.

First stop, Nilgen Lookout
Sand dunes from the lookout

Namburg National Park and The Pinnacles

A few km east of Highway 60 and south of Cervantes lie The Pinnacles. These are a collection of strange rock towers eroded out of soft sand. Their origin is not obvious and there are several theories about their origin. The Discovery Centre is well worth a visit, then you can take the self-drive tour through the area, stopping to view and photograph the weird shapes. Although the area is described as a desert, it rained heavily just as we arrived, so we had lunch in the car before proceeding to drive around the "desert".

Fairly obvious warning sign
Let's go this way...
Pinnacles everywhere
The road with puddles and stone markers
Our rental car amongst the pinnacles

After an interesting time driving around the Pinnacles, we headed for the small seaside town of Cervantes for the night. Accommodation was scarce; we chose the Cervantes Pinnacles Motel. A basic motel, comfortable enough for one night, with a restaurant and good food.

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