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From Perth: The Pinnacles Desert Sunset and Star-Gazing Tour

1. From Perth: The Pinnacles Desert Sunset and Star-Gazing Tour

Discover the magic of the Pinnacles Desert on a guided tour. Head west to the Turquoise Coast and keep an eye out for native wildlife. Stop in Lancelin for a walk along the beach. Experience the thrill of sandboarding down giant sand dunes. Board the bus and visit Ngilgen Lookout to see seasonal wildflowers and admire views over the Indian Ocean. Go for a guided walk on the beach at Hangover Bay to see native plants that were used by the Aborigines for food and medicine when they lived off the land. Enjoy dinner at the Observation Deck in the Pinnacles Desert, accompanied by a glass of Margaret River wine. See the sunset over the Indian Ocean and later marvel at the stars with the help of Astro binoculars and a telescope.  See the Rings of Saturn through the telescope and photograph the moon by attaching your smartphone to the telescope.

Perth: Pinnacle Desert Sunset and Stargazing with Dinner

2. Perth: Pinnacle Desert Sunset and Stargazing with Dinner

Heading north away from the city towards Yanchep National Park, you will make a quick comfort stop which will provide an opportunity to see the koalas and kangaroos. From here you will go up the coast towards the magical Pinnacle Desert to view the mystical limestone rock formations. Arriving here in the late afternoon avoids the crowds and heat, and allows for breathtaking sunsets. Experience the moon-like landscape come to life as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean and the moon rises. Once darkness falls, you will head to the fishing town of Cervantes for your included dinner in a traditional Western Australian tavern to soak up a real Australian atmosphere. Following dinner, you will head out into the night to experience the star-filled night sky. You will head back into the Pinnacle Desert to the observation deck to experience the tranquillity of the national park, and view the night sky without light pollution. Once you have had your fill of the enormous night sky, you will return to Perth arriving at approximately 11.00PM.

Pinnacles, Koalas & Sandboarding Tour Day Trip from Perth

3. Pinnacles, Koalas & Sandboarding Tour Day Trip from Perth

Following pick-up from Perth, head to Caversham Wildlife Park in the Swan Valley to admire koalas and wombats and hand feed kangaroos. Travel along quiet back roads to the lobster fishing town of Cervantes. Here, enjoy a behind-the-scenes factory tour on the processing of Western Australia rock lobster followed by a fish and chips lunch. Next, head to the mystical Pinnacles Desert for an easy walk through the fascinating landscape. Drive over the vast sand dunes of Lancelin in a custom-built 4WD vehicle before trying some downhill sandboarding. After the tour, drive down the Indian Ocean Drive back to Perth, stopping to view seasonal wildflowers along the way.

Full Day Pinnacles Desert, New Norcia & Wildflowers

4. Full Day Pinnacles Desert, New Norcia & Wildflowers

Travelling through the Swan Valley, you arrive at New Norcia, home to Australia’s only monastic town which is renowned for its Benedictine Abbey. A little piece of Spain comes alive in this town, full of history, art, and architecture. Hear the local history before viewing the chapel and museum artefacts gifted to the monastery by popes and Spanish royalty. Visit the Famous Benedictine Community with a guided tour of the town and main sites including the museum and art gallery where you will find extraordinary artefacts dating back to when New Norcia was an Aboriginal mission.  Next you will move on to the Abbey Church; home to one of only two large Moser organs, originally crafted in Germany, followed by a visit to St Gertrude’s College, a grand gothic style building which was originally built as a girl’s boarding school and opened in 1908.   You then visit a produce shop selling olive oil, fruit, wine, New Norcia nut cake and breads before enjoying a fish and chips lunch and local breads and olive oil at the historic New Norcia Hotel. Then, head on to the Western Wildflower farm for a brief talk about how Wildflowers are dried and exported. Continue on for an easy paced walk through the mystical Pinnacles Desert and see the Pinnacles from the look out over the park. If time permits, make a visit to the Pinnacle Desert Discovery Centre.  Return to Perth down the Indian Ocean Drive stopping to view wildflowers en route (seasonal), arriving at approximately 19:30.

Perth: 7 Day Explorer Return Tour to Exmouth

5. Perth: 7 Day Explorer Return Tour to Exmouth

Take a journey on the Exmouth Explorer along the idyllic west coast and experience a totally different side to Australia, a region many are yet to discover.  Start your adventure in the most remote capital city of Perth before heading north into the nature lovers’ paradise, Western Australia.  Begin your journey by visiting the Pinnacles desert, hike down to the banks of the Murchison River and peek through Nature’s Window into an ancient gorge.  For those seeking a unique view over the gorge, there will also be an opportunity to test your abseil skills (own expense). Visit the World Heritage Listed region of Shark Bay which will leave you in awe of the beauty of nature. Here, marvel at a beach made entirely of tiny shells, meet the world’s oldest living fossils, the stromatolites and witness dolphins playing just offshore at Monkey Mia. The region is not only home to around 2000 dolphins but also turtles, dugongs, kangaroos and emus! Be amazed by your visit to the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef, known for its diverse marine life, manta rays and whale shark visitors! Stay overnight in Coral Bay, a town right by the beach which boasts coral so close to shore you can swim out to view it. Alternatively, join a tour in search of whale sharks or manta rays. Whether you choose to join a boat tour or simply relax on the beach, the pristine beaches and turquoise waters here will leave a truly lasting impression.  Follow the road as far north as Exmouth Cape, where rugged mountains flow almost down to the sea. Stand atop Vlamingh Head at the lighthouse for views over the reef and ranges. In spring, you may even spot the migrating humpback whales go by. Complete your tour of the Cape with a visit to the snorkeling haven of Turquoise Bay.  From Exmouth, make your way back down towards Perth and solidify new friendships and reflect on your adventure together. Day 1 - Perth to Kalbarri Kick-off your adventure with a guided tour through the Pinnacles desert, where you can learn about the formations of the rocks. Follow up with a journey up to Indian Ocean Drive for some stunning coastal views. After a quick stop in Geraldton, it’s on to the seaside town of Kalbarri for our overnight accommodation.  Day 2 - Kalbarri National Park to Shark Bay/Denham Visit the marvels of The Murchison Gorge, Nature’s Window and Z-Bend in Kalbarri National Park where water has carved its way through sandstone. Here you have the option to try abseiling (additional cost). Witness bright pops of colour during wildflower season (spring).  Enjoy a great photo opportunity at Nature’s Window before strolling across a beach made entirely of tiny shells.  Then, it's on to Denham for accommodation by the beach.  Day 3 - Shark Bay to Coral Bay This morning, meet the famous Monkey Mia dolphins and get some amazing photos. Enjoy chill-out time on the beach here or enjoy a coffee at the restaurant before you get back on the road mid-morning. Visit the fascinating rock formations, the Stromatolites, before settling into your accommodation in Coral Bay, located right on the famous Ningaloo Reef. Day 4 - Coral Bay Spend most of the day exploring the Ningaloo Reef at your own leisure. Choose to join a boat tour or enjoy free time to experience the beautiful beaches the coral bay has to offer. Go for a stroll on the beach and check out the shark nursery, swim with the manta rays (additional cost) or go for a snorkel on the Ningaloo Reef, only metres from shore. This evening, take the short drive up the peninsula to Exmouth and check into your accommodation for two nights in the town centre.  Day 5 - Exmouth Explorer Today, explore Cape Range National park, a spectacular place of rugged limestone ranges, breathtaking deep canyons and 50km of pristine beaches. Relax on the beach or choose to go snorkeling at the stunning Turquoise Bay (snorkel hire $10), visit Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, relax at Milyering Visitors Center and more before you return to our accommodation late afternoon.  Day 6: Exmouth - Geraldton Visit the town of Carnarvon and one of the local banana or mango plantations (seasonal). Enjoy lunch on the waterfront of Carnarvon, before stopping off for a photo opportunity overlooking the Murchison River. Refreshments stop along the way at Billabong for coffee & ice-creams. Before arriving at our final overnight destination in Geraldton. The group will enjoy their final dinner together at The Murchison Tavern after a long day of driving, discounted meals available at guests' own expense. · Day 7: Geraldton - Perth Enjoy the HMAS Sydney Memorial with stunning views of Geraldton. Take a walk along the 3 bay walk at Green Head before wandering amongst the sand dunes of Lancelin. If you’re feeling adventurous, try out sandboarding for a bit of fun! Return to Perth late afternoon. Kick back and relax on the bus for the last stretch, take in the last views of the scenic countryside before making our way back towards Perth, with drop-off starting around 5:00 PM.

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What people are saying about The Pinnacles

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 455 reviews

A must do if you find yourself in Perth! Chris was incredibly knowledgeable not only about the unique place that is Western Australia but also astronomy and the night sky. He was so passionate about both it was contagious. The clouds had other plans for our sunset but the lighting in the desert before hand was breathtaking. We were lucky enough to get a clearing in time for stargazing with a fantastic view of the Southern Cross and Orion’s Belt. Highly recommend.

- Great guide who provided very insightful info and history about the places. - Timing for each destination is well spaced out & you don’t feel like you are being rushed from 1 place to another - we have a fairly big group that day, the Guide may need an extra assistant to support him during the trip. Nevertheless, he was quite amazing as a 1-man show.

Great value for money. It is a very long day and remote but really comfortable bus and seats. Real mix of great experiences. Would highly recommend.

An amazing day out and our guide was very knowledgeable and you can see he enjoys his job.

We were hampered by the weather, but Gavin did his best to compensate.