The Pinnacles

The Pinnacles - Photograph by Laura Lecce
The Pinnacles – Photograph by Laura Lecce

The Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park, Western Australia is a unique and bizarre landscape marked by incredibly yellow sand. The Pinnacles themselves (in the top photograph, and seen in the distance of the bottom photograph) are ancient limestone formations, which range in height from only an inch to 16 feet tall (5 meters). They formed millions of years ago from broken down shells, but exactly how these limestone towers came about is still debated. A three hour drive north of Perth along a picturesque coastline of stunning beaches is a wonderful journey to this alien landscape. In the early mornings or late afternoons you even have the chance to see emus and kangaroos amongst the shrubs. Different times of day can completely transform this landscape, with the sun and pinnacles creating large, interesting shadows all around them. Most definitely a landscape photographers dream. It might have been a very different photograph to the middle of the day in summer when I went, dripping with sweat in a dessert with no hope of shade! Perhaps the feeling of being on another planet was just a delusion from heat exhaustion, but either way, a very cool place to visit.

Pinnacles Desert - Photograph by Laura Lecce
Pinnacles Desert – Photograph by Laura Lecce


23 thoughts on “The Pinnacles

      1. Hi Laura, I was in Melbourne mainly but did work a few years in Brisbane. Both cities were beautiful for their parks, gardens etc. Yes, I love the ruggedness of Australia too! I did actually visit the Pinnacles in WA. What a sight!

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      2. That’s so great that you got to see a lot of Australia! I’d love to live in one of the other states for a little while just to experience somewhere different. My dream is to one day retire in Tasmania… we’ll see if my husband follows me there 😉

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      1. Yes, I have. My sister lives in WA, so I travel there whenever I can 🙂 I love Margaret River, wine country…I enjoyed visiting Denmark and Albany as well. Every time I am in WA, I go exploring in search of beautiful places and delicious food 🙂

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      2. Well your sister picked a lovely part of the world to live in, and lucky for you that you get to visit and explore! There’s so many wonderful places. I really want to go back to the Ningaloo reef to snorkel during whale shark season. Very high on my bucket list.

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  1. This is such a special part of the world. I’ve been very fortunate to have been able to visit Australia a couple dozen times (and some 49 other countries), and every one has opened new doors to the diversity of this amazing world of ours. Most of my current interest is focused a bit to the east, in New Zealand, but I applaud your desire to settle in Tasmania, which has (so far) been my favorite part of the country, and I am eager to return at the first opportunity.

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    1. You are quite the traveller then! I haven’t spent much time in New Zealand, I hear the scenery is stunning, though they just can’t compete with the incredible Australian wildlife (but I might be a bit biased) 😉


      1. No, I’m living in North Cyprus now, but have lived in Perth, northern NSW, mid-coast NSW, Queensland and Victoria. If you’re ever in far north NSW, try to visit the Border Ranges National Park and go to The Pinnacle – it’s a look-out overlooking the caldera of an ancient volcano with views to Mt Warning and far, far around. Stunning – totally quiet and such magnificent views.

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