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North of Perth (it's only a 2 1/2 hour drive) lies one of the most famous destinations : "The Pinnacles Desert". To be honest I was a bit dissapointed by the Pinnacles themselves, having had the opportunity to travel to more spectacular places of karstic or volcanic erosion around the globe, but anyhow the region of Cervantes and Jurien Bay is one of the nicest of the West Coast; Without doubt!
The Pinnacles are best viewed at sunset, that's for sure. Although we were not very lucky with the weather, I found some nice opportunities for photography. Here is a view of the 3,5km (one way) circuit that allows you to drive through the desert dunes. Hope you like it.
The Pinnacles themselves are the remnants of calcareous concretions formed around plant and tree radicles finding their way through sand layers. The sand cover has been removed by the wind and only hardened "pinnacle-like" structures remain in evidence. Most of the Pinnacles have cylindrical shapes and a height of about 1 meter... some may reach heights of 4m.

Another mystery to me is the name of the town : Cervantes. There are no windmills and no Don Quijote here... but I noticed that most streets of the city refer to Spanish towns.

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