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See strange, stacked structures with a boutique stay near the Pinnacles

No matter how extensively you’ve travelled throughout Australia – or across the world for that matter – there’s no other place that resembles The Pinnacles on WA’s Coral Coast. The Pinnacles region is named after the ancient desert sculptures located within Nambung National Park and these unique formations are definitely worthy of the ‘one-of-a-kind’ label.

Originally mistaken for ancient ruins by Dutch sailors, the limestone pinnacles are surrounded by ever-shifting sand dunes. These strange stacks are the leading tourist draw in the area, and the best time to visit is at dawn or sunset when patterned shadows and shapes ripple across the sand.

To see the Pinnacles, travellers must drive into the park – two-wheel drive vehicles are fine – and then walk along the 100-metre trail from the main car park. Another scenic drive winds through the park and is suitable for lighter vehicles, however drivers must remain on the marked path. Coach or four-wheel drive tours also leave from Perth on day trips; the drive comes in at a few minutes over the two-hour mark.

In a striking contrast to the yellow-gold hue of the desert, the national park hugs a section of the deep blue Indian Ocean. Isolated beaches fringe the park and offer swimming, snorkelling and surfing spots. Hangover Bay has picnic tables and a barbecue for those who plan ahead and pack a food hamper. Bottlenose dolphins and sea lions often hang about just off shore, so watch for any splashes or movement as you tuck into lunch.

Cervantes is a small fishing town close to the park. It’s also a hop, skip and jump from Lake Thetis, a salt lake brimming with living fossils. Further north along the Indian Ocean Drive are Jurien Bay, Green Head and Leeman. All towns have accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets.

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