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Cervantes - Home of the Pinnacles

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CERVANTES IS THE GATEWAY TO THE FAMOUS PINNACLES WHICH ARE LOCATED IN NAMBUNG NATIONAL PARK NEARBY. MORE ABOUT THAT IN A MINUTE.

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BUT FIRST OF ALL I WANT TO DRAW YOUR ATTENTION TO THE NOT SO FAMOUS STOMATOLITES - A UNIQUE OFF THE BEATEN PATH TIP.
WHAT ARE STOMATOLITES YOU SAY?.....

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STROMATOLITES ARE THE OLDEST LIVING FOSSIL ON EARTH. PRETTY AMAZING HEY!! :) THERE ARE 2 PLACES YOU WILL FIND THESE UNIQUE LIVING THINGS, HERE AND NORTH IN HAMELIN BAY, SHARK POINT.

THE STROMATOLITES ARE LOCATED JUST OUT OF TOWN AT LAKE THETIS. YOU WILL TRAVERSE A WOODEN WALKWAY THROUGH WHAT LOOKS LIKE BARRON MUD FLATS TO GET TO THE LAKE. AT FIRST I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT I WAS TRYING TO FIND, BUT A QUICK GLANCE AT THE NOTICE BOARD AND BACK TO THE LAKE ..... AND I WAS IN AWE!! THIS TIDAL LAKE HAS SALINITY LEVELS TWICE AS HIGH AS THE OCEAN, CREATING PERFECT CONDITIONS FOR THE FORMATION OF STROMATOLITES.

THESE LIVING ORGANISMS ARE SOME 3.5 BILLION YEARS OLD! IMAGINE LIVING THAT LONG! NO WONDER THEY LOOK LIKE A HUGE OLD ROUND SHRIVELED ROCKS ..... HAHA. BUT SERIOUSLY... I WAS PRETTY AMAZED BY THIS. SO INTERESTING, UNIQUE AND CERTAINLY A GREAT OFF THE BEATEN PATH EXPERIENCE THAT I TOTALLY RECOMMEND.

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PINNACLES

VISITORS FLOCK FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD TO VISIT THE FAMOUS PINNACLES HERE NEAR CERTANTES. LOCATED IN NAMBUNG NATIONAL PARK WHICH IS EASILY ACCESSIBLE FROM PERTH, THE PINNACLES IS A POPULAR DAY TRIP. SO IF YOU ARE STAYING IN CERVANTES OVERNIGHT, THEN IT IS SUGGESTED THAT YOU HEAD OUT TO THE NATIONAL PARK EARLY TO AVOID THE TOURIST RUSH AND ALSO OBTAIN SOME NICE MORNING PICS.

THE DIRT TRACK ROAD LINED WITH ROCKS TO MAKE SURE YOU DON'T DETOUR OFF AND GET LOST IS ABOUT 4 K'S LONG AND TAKES YOU IN A BIG CIRCLE AROUND THE PINNACLES. THERE ARE PLENTY OF PLACES TO STOP ALONG THE WAY FOR PHOTOS OR WALKING.

THESE PINNACLES ARE AMAZING NATURAL LIMESTONE STRUCTURES FORMED ABOUT 25,000 YEARS AGO AFTER THE SEA SUBSIDED, LEAVING DEPOSITS OF SEA SHELLS. COASTAL WINDS REMOVED THE SURROUNDING SAND, LEAVING THE PILLARS EXPOSED. SOME PINNACLES ARE ALMOST 5M TALL. I ENJOY FINDING UNIQUE PINNACLES :)

Scary monster

Scary monster

Dog rock

Dog rock

Mountain rock

Mountain rock

Small mountain rock

Small mountain rock

Turtle with big mouth rock

Turtle with big mouth rock

Tallest Pinnacle?

Tallest Pinnacle?

Friend Gillian from UK amongst the Pinnacles

Friend Gillian from UK amongst the Pinnacles

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I HAD A WHOLE LOT OF OTHER GREAT PHOTOS AND VIDEOS BUT UNFORTUNATELY.... THESE HAVE BEEN BURIED ALONG WITH MY DEAD EXTERNAL HARDDRIVE... :(

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NEXT UP - LAST DESTINATION BEFORE PERTH - YANCHEP NATIONAL PARK.
DISCOVER KOALAS, KANGAROOS, CAVES, ABORIGINAL SHOW, WALK TRACK AROUND THE LAKE AND AN OLD INN WITH COZY FIRE, DINING .... GREAT AUSSIE GIFT SHOP AND MUCH MORE.

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