Most day tours combine a visit to the 35,000-year-old limestone formations with stops at other popular attractions in the area, making it easy to heed the siren call of nearby dunes, white-sand beaches, and even a lobster farm. Meanwhile, nature lovers can catch sight of kangaroos, koalas, and wombats on tours that stop at Caversham Wildlife Park and Yanchep National Park, while adventurers can explore the Lancelin sand dunes via 4WD vehicle or sand board.
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Things to Know Before You Go
Tours to the Pinnacles are kid-friendly with plenty of outdoor activities and wildlife viewing opportunities.
Most day tours provide round-trip transportation from Perth and last roughly 10-hours.
Travelers should dress in layers and wear plenty of sun protection in the desert.
The Pinnacles Desert isn't suitable for either strollers or wheelchairs, unfortunately.
How to Get There
Nambung National Park is a 2- to 3-hour drive from Perth along Indian Ocean Drive, making it an easy day trip from the city. The Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre is typically open daily from the mid-morning until the mid-afternoon, and can provide insightful information about the park.
When to Get There
The best time to visit is spring (September to October) when Western Australia's native wildflowers paint the desert with vibrant colors. Book a sunset tour to see a light show across the Pinnacles, or maximize your time by heading out early in the morning; you'll want the extra time to explore the many parks and beaches along the way.
Although the Pinnacles Desert is situated just a few hours outside of Perth, the capital of Western Australia has plenty to offer the first-time or return visitor. From the parks and gardens to the endless beaches, take in sights such as Elizabeth Quay and the Swan Valley wineries independently or on locally-led tours of this diverse city and beyond.