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Western Australia: Lake Thetis and Pinnacles (Day 6)

posted by Martin Rubli at 16:38

Day 6 was a busy day! We had over 450 kilometers and three PoIs ("points of interest" that is for the non-GPS-avid reader :-) to cover: Grigson's Lookout, Lake Thetis with its stromatolites, and the Pinnacles Desert in the Nambung National Park. The latter is among the most famous tourist destinations in Western Australia, so the expectations were high.

We had a lunch picnic at Grigson's Lookout, a small (unfortunately unshaded) viewpoint just along the highway. By merely turning your head you can see the ocean, sand dunes, and salt lakes.

When we got to Lake Thetis it was still during the hottest time of the day, so after a walk around the lake we had to stop for ice cream in the tiny town of Cervantes before hitting the road again.

People say the Pinnacles are best visited during sunrise or sunset because that allows the limestone formations to cast long shadows that make for great photos. We wanted to avoid driving at night for fear of making (or becoming) roadkill, so we couldn't leave too late with over 200 km to go to our bed & breakfast in Fremantle. But regardless of the time of day, the Pinnacles are a very impressive sight!



Grigson's lookout, a bit south of Geraldton.

Grigson's lookout, a bit south of Geraldton.

A salt lake in the distance.

A salt lake in the distance.

Lake Thetis which is famous for its [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stromatolite stromatolites] (those tower-shaped structures).

Lake Thetis which is famous for its stromatolites (those tower-shaped structures).

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Sand dunes along the highway. It was so hot that I barely had the energy to get out of the car to take a few photos. :-)

Sand dunes along the highway. It was so hot that I barely had the energy to get out of the car to take a few photos. :-)

View along the Brand Highway.

View along the Brand Highway.

Pinnacles, the drive-thru national park!

Pinnacles, the drive-thru national park!

There's really something weird about driving through the major attraction of a national park but the area covered by pinnacles is so large that it almost makes sense. Then again, I prefer having to earn my view and that's what we did after parking our car and revisiting on foot.

There's really something weird about driving through the major attraction of a national park but the area covered by pinnacles is so large that it almost makes sense. Then again, I prefer having to earn my view and that's what we did after parking our car and revisiting on foot.

The pinnacles come in all shapes and sizes ...

The pinnacles come in all shapes and sizes ...

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From this photo you can get an idea of the are covered with pinnacles. Mind you, it continues to the left ...

From this photo you can get an idea of the are covered with pinnacles. Mind you, it continues to the left ...

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