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On a trip to Geraldton we returned along the coast road and stopped at Cervantes to visit The Pinnacles which are within the Nambung National Park, 250Kms north of Perth. As I had never been to the Pinnacles before I was awestruck by the vastness of this desert like mass of thousands of limestone pillars. I was expecting to see a few tall rocks sticking out of a small area of sand. Was I ever wrong about that.
“The Pinnacles are two-hundred and forty-five kilometres north of Perth on the way to Geraldton. Closest main town is Cervantes. The Pinnacles are seventeen kilometres south east of the town.
The Pinnacles are limestone formations. The raw material for the limestone of the Pinnacles came from seashells in an earlier epoch rich in marine life. These shells were broken down into lime rich sands which were carried inland to form high mobile dunes. The Pinnacles were formed from lime leaching from the sand and by rain cementing the lower levels of the dune into a soft limestone. Vegitation forms an acidic layer of soil and humus. A hard cap of calcrete develops above the softer limestone. Cracks in the calcrete are exploited by plant roots. The softer limestone continues to dissolve. Quartz sand fills the channels that form. Vegitation dies and winds blow away the sand covering the eroded limestone. The Pinnacles appear.
You can take a scenic drive (for light vehicles only) of approximately five kilometres from the Pinnacles car park. Heavy or long vehicles should remain in the car park and passengers walk approximately one-hundred metres to the Pinnacles area. Vehicles must stay to defined tracks and parking bays. Camping is not permitted in the National Park.
The Nambung National Park
Nambung National Park is located on the Swan Coastal Plain, 245 kilometres north of Perth, 260 kilometres south of Geraldton.
The park contains one of Australia’s most fascinating landscapes – the Pinnacles Desert. These limestone formations reach five metres tall of sand of varying colours.”
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Landscape – 12 July 2015