The City of Cervantes and Nambung National Park

March 18, 2018
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Australia is one of few holiday destinations that offers you the chance to enjoy it all. From glimmering golden beaches and dense tropical rainforest to ski resorts and cosmopolitan cities, you really can experience every type of break on your personalised Australia holiday. If you’re visiting Western Australia on your travels, you can enjoy the best of both worlds, as you soak up the atmosphere in vibrant Cervantes before discovering the mystery and intrigue of Nambung National Park.

Visiting Cervantes

Cervantes is a bustling spot on the Coral Coast, which acts a gateway to Nambung National Park. Cervantes is located around 2 hours’ drive from the popular city of Perth, and it’s a brilliant base for those looking to explore the wonders of the Coral Coast, including Pinnacles Desert and Lake Thetis. Although often a stepping stone to the national parks and geographical features that make the region famous, Cervantes is well worth a visit. There’s an abundance of cafes and shops and you mustn’t leave without sampling rock lobster. This is a local speciality, which attracts rave reviews.

Nambung National Park

Nambung National Park is one of the most spectacular national parks in Australia. Nestled on the coastline approximately 200km north of Perth, this park attracts visitors from all over the globe. Spanning more than 17,000 hectares, the area is home to a diverse range of bird species as well as treasured native species, including red and grey kangaroos, dingos and honey possums.

The Pinnacles Desert is perhaps the highlight for most visitors, and it’s not hard to see why. This unique collection of stone stacks pierces the dusty ground, with some of the rock needles stretching up to five metres in the air. The pinnacles were formed up to 30,000 years ago and left behind, as sea waters retreated. To learn more about these impressive monoliths, it’s well worth popping into the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre. If you’re feeling intrepid, you can also take a hike to Pinnacles Lookout, where you’ll be able to enjoy views of the colourfully painted deserts and the white dunes. The trail is around 5km long.

If you’re travelling from Perth, follow the Indian Ocean Drive, which will take you to Cervantes. You can drive or take a half-day or full-day bus tour to visit Nambung National Park from Cervantes.

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