The Pinnacles of Western Australia is an extraordinary gallant landscape made up of limestone. It is an astounding landscape and resembles like walking over an ancient civilisation that satiates tourist’s eyes.
Australia an incredible place is worldwide known for some of its truly distinctive rock formation and different coloured sand dunes. Early stories that revolve around the creation of Pinnacles were that they are formed out of fossilised tree trunks and some believed it is the ruins of the lost city, but none of them was found to be correct.
- It is located in Nambung National Park, Cervantes, Western Australia.
- According to Professor Ken McNamara (School of Earth Sciences at the University of Western Australia) it is formed around 120,000 years ago after the sea receded and later due to erosion of surrounding sand by Indian Oceans coastal winds.
- Pinnacle has sedimentary rocks composed of calcium carbonate (CaCO3), in the form of the mineral calcite, quartz sand and aragonite.
- This is commonly formed in clear, warm and shallow marine water.
- It is the organic sedimentary rock that forms from the accumulation of coral, algae, molluscs, shell, and faecal debris.
- CaCO3 is used as a calcium supplement for medicinal purpose.
- This is a perfect example of Karstification, and thousands of years ago, the westerly winds blew these deposits into high sand dunes subsequently creating limestones.
- It contains thousands of weathered limestone pillars some of them reaching 4-meter height.
- Whenever it rains, the water seeps into the ground, hardening and slowly beneath the ground forming the Pinnacles.
Flora and fauna
- Flora includes Panjang (low lying wattle), coastal wattle, quandong, yellow tailflower, cockies tongues, thick-leaved fan flower, firewood banksia, candlestick banksia, acorn banksia, and parrot bush.
- Fauna includes western kangaroos, white-tailed black cockatoos, emus, bobtails, sand goannas and carpet pythons.
Lancelin- White Desert
- The white desert is located 127 km north of Perth facing Indian ocean and facing westerly winds.
- It is the same sand that is found in Pinnacles (forming limestone pillars), that is just 50 km.
- They are also known as the mobile dunes, moving at a rate of 12m per year towards the north direction.
- As long as three-storey high pure white dunes.
- Adventurous tourists gather to these colossal white dunes for four-wheel driving, sandboarding, quad biking, dolphin spotting and fishing.
- It is the biggest town that hosts Australia’s biggest windsurfing event, attracting professionals from around the world.