Day 1-Perth to Pinnacles
Hangover Bay, WA
This one is a beautiful bay with turquoise seawaters, very natural and intact. The shore was chilling breezy yet dreamy for us to cherish a romantic long walk together. People snorkel, go fishing, swim here and also launch a boat. It was very windy when we visited, I could literally feel my ears going numb within minutes.
Hangover bay is only 6 km from Pinnacles desert which makes it easier to see both at same day, we had lunch at Cervantes (20 min drive from the bay) and spent late evening stargazing at Pinnacles desert again.
Pinnacles Desert, WA
Ever thought of walking over the surface of moon?? The vast Pinnacles desert seems just like that. One gem of a sight. It takes about 2 hours by car to reach Nambung national park from Perth, starting early is a good idea to enjoy a long drive. Stopping at a few look outs on the way with stunning sights parallel to the Indian ocean.
Pinnacles desert embraces profuse limestone pillars up to 4m tall that risen mysteriously from the dune sands formed over 25000 years ago, after the sea receded. Coastal winds removed the surrounding sand over the period exposing these pillars.
Some are jagged, sharp-edged columns rising to a point however others resemble tombstones.
We explored the place in decent sunlight plus, it was quite windy, windproof jacket comes really handy as it was already 14°c.
The Mighty Milky Way
Stargazing at Pinnacles Desert, WA
Pinnacles desert is also an amazing place to stargazing at night as the place is far-far away from light pollution. The visitor center is open only till 4:30 pm but it is an open road to access anytime even after that.
It was an amazement to watch our incredible galaxy, Milky Way appearing slowly above our heads around 7pm. The sight of millions of stars in our galaxy with naked eyes just above us, left us enthralled for quite some time. There was a little bit of moonlight but, it wasn’t blocking any stars due to its alignment far away from the galaxy. Thanks to the clear sky that night.
We paid AUD 12 for a day pass. Cost of day pass is based upon type of vehicle, two-wheel drive(TWD) or 4-wheel drive (4WD).
It was a pretty good approach to wear layered clothing and especially wind and waterproof jackets above all as there are frequent weather changes. Do not rely on usual clothing.
Do keep extra water and meal options with you as everything like restaurants/café or supermarkets closes by 5 pm.
Staying at Windbreak B&B, Cervantes
We stayed for one night at Windbreak B&B in Cervantes, which is a privately held residence offering beautiful comfy rooms for stay. It was lovely to see a gorgeous front yard outside our room along with a classy dining shed.
The owner Mrs. Holmes is an amazing host, warm and jovial. We loved the fresh homemade muffins baked by her along with breakfast next morning and are overwhelmed with her cordiality. Her guidance for local attractions and maps next morning was useful too.