As if this neat little town about 220km or so north of Perth didn’t have enough going for it as a great fishing spot on a stunning stretch of coastline, Cervantes is also the gateway to one of WA’s natural wonders, The Pinnacles - an extraordinary collection of limestone pillars set in an alien, windswept landscape and covering several hundred square kilometres.
Within the Nambung National park south of town, The Pinnacles were mistaken for the ruins of an ancient city by Dutch sailors who first spied them while sailing off the coast in the 1700s.
The Pinnacles have often been described as ‘eerie’ by people who have seen them loom out of the bleak landscape while driving toward them.
The Pinnacles were originally soft limestone covered by sea shells and sand dunes. Over millions of years rain hardened the limestone into cement-like hardness but they were still covered by sand. Then the prevailing sea winds gradually blew away the sand to reveal the Pinnacles.