Nambung National Park is located in the southwestern part of Australia. The national park boundaries encompass an area of 74.4 square miles (192.7 sq km).
The name of the park is derived from the Nambung River which enters into the park but then vanishes underground into a limestone cave area. There are two key areas of the park. The shoreline beaches located at Hangover Bay and Kangaroo Point.
The second and more renowned part of Nambung National Park is the Pinnacles Desert. The individual pinnacles can reach up to heights of 11.5 feet (3.5 m). These vary in heights with some displaying mushroom-like tops, which are created by the sedimentary rock that is harder than the limestone and erodes slower. There are thousands of these pinnacles across the desert.
Wildlife is not abundant but it is there. Kangaroos and emus are the most commonly seen animals, with black cockatoos, bobtails, dingos, possum, red fox, and sand goannas being other possible sightings.
The shoreline gives way to thrombolites which can be observed from a boardwalk trail found in the north part of the park. Off in the waters, there is a possibility of seeing sea lions, dolphins, and humpback whales.
The Pinnacles Desert is the highlight attraction of the park. This phenomenal landscape gives people visions of mars or some remote planet. The abundance of pinnacles with their varying heights and presentations seem surreal.
Although most pictures make the pinnacles look tall, the majority are shorter. They still make for an intriguing encounter with nature.
- Pinnacles Desert
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