Pinnacles National Park Australia
Watch wild emus, galahs and other wildlife stalking through the spires and see the landscape lit in spectacular sunset colours from the lookout point. Visit the interpretive discovery centre to learn how the Pinnacles evolved and about the region's biodiversity.
The park is also fringed by secluded, white beaches great for swimming, snorkelling and surfing. Go fishing from Thirsty Point Lookout or swim in the turquoise waters of Hangover Bay. Less than 8km from the park's entrance, scenic Kangaroo Point is named after the mobs of kangaroos who gather on the beach at dawn and dusk. The park, like much of this coastline, is ablaze with the colours of seasonal wildflowersfrom August to October.
You can explore the park from nearby Cervantes, a small crayfishing town fringed by more clean, calm beaches perfect for swimming and windsurfing. You can also join a deep-sea fishing excursion, snorkel the coral reefs or cruise past the offshore islands, spotting sea lions and bottle nosed dolphins.
South of town lies salty Lake Thetis, one of the few places in the world to shelter marine stromatolites. Walk around the lake to take a look at these living fossils, which were formed by organisms similar to the earliest forms of life on earth. Or head inland to Badgingarra National Park, where you can spot kangaroos, wedge-tailed eagles, bustards and emus on the 90-minute nature trail.
Further north along the Indian Ocean Drive is Jurien Bay, surrounded by the pristine beaches of Sandy Cape Recreational Park and Lesueur National Park, home to hundreds of plant and bird species. Jurien Bay is the place to feast on freshly-caught rock lobster, spot migrating whales between June and October and snorkel or dive the limestone reefs and caves.