Natural beauty is abundant in and around Cervantes from the stunning beaches and national parks to the world famous Pinnacles. Be sure to take some time out to view these natural wonders via a range of trails and interpretive lookouts to appreciate the beauty and diversity of the Coral Coast region.
The Pinnacles – Nambung National Park
The entrance to the Nambung National Park is a short 2 km drive east of the Cervantes Holiday Park and contains one of Australia’s most fascinating landscapes – The Pinnacles Desert.
Out of the shifting yellow sands rise thousands of huge limestone pillars, standing in stark contrast to the surrounding low heathlands typical of the Coral Coast.
The Nambung National Park also hosts the outstanding Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre to inform and enlighten visitors on the natural limestone formations but also the abundant natural wildlife and wildflowers within the 17,487 hectare park. Visitors can walk the 1.5 km (45 mins return) Desert View Trail or observe the scenery from the Lookout Deck.
Nambung National Park is also known for its beautiful beaches at Kangaroo Point and Hangover Bay and the stromatolites at Lake Thetis.
- Access: Available by two-wheel drive (no dogs allowed)
- Getting there: GPS: -30.6035, 115.156
- Entry Fees: National Park Entry Fess apply (concessions available)
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Lake Thetis Stromatolites
Located one kilometre out of Cervantes (off the Hansen Bay Lookout Rd), lies Lake Thetis which contains stromatolites in its waters. It is estimated the lake became isolated from the sea about 4800 years ago when sea levels dropped and coastal dunes formed around it.
Lake Thetis is one of only a few places in the world with living marine stromatolites, or ‘Living fossils’. The stromatolites are one of the earliest forms of life to evolve on earth. Samples from these living organisms indicate similarities with fossils from up to 3 billion years ago and are one of the few living organisms to produce oxygen.
Stockyard Gully National Park
Located north-east of Green Head, Stockyard Gully National Park was named after one of the stopping places used by drovers. A feature is the 300 metre Stockyard Gully Tunnel, which follows a winding underground creek bed. Flashlights are required in the tunnel.
The Stockyard Gully Caves provide an ideal day trip and local tours are available. Access available via four-wheel drive only.
Badgingarra Nature Trail
A short drive from Cervantes, the spectacular and diverse wildflower display along the Badgingarra Nature Trail (a 90 minute walk across rugged terrain), is a sight not to be missed. Ensure you bring your binoculars and camera to capture the kangaroos, wedge-tailed eagles, emus including the extremely rare Badgingarra Mallee at home in the vast bushland.
For the avid walker, a 45 minute detour will reward visitors with magnificent views across the National Park at the lookout.
Hensen Bay Lookout
A short one kilometre drive or walk from Cervantes Holiday Park to the Hensen Bay Lookout gives you a panoramic view of Hensen Bay, surrounding islands, Lake Thetis and the Cervantes townsite. Make the effort to head up before sunset and take your camera, you’ll never forget it!
Kangaroo Point is less than eight kilometres from the entrance to Nambung National Park and this delightful beach location provides a picnic shelter, gas barbecues and toilets. Kangaroo Point is a great spot to try your luck at seeing the local wildlife particularly kangaroos at dawn and dusk.
Mt Lesueur National Park
Located 19 kilometres north-east of Jurien (11.2 kilometres along Jurien East Rd and 7.8 kilometres along the gravel of Cockleshell Gully Rd), Mt Lesueur National Park is renowned for its wildflowers which last well after the season is over. The park is also popular for picnics.
Looking to get off the beaten track? Black Peak is a great place to take your 4WD and go fishing (or just to get away and find your own beach to enjoy).
Hangover Bay is a wonderful spot with picnic facilities, gazebos, gas barbecues and a boat launch (4WD only). This stunning bay with its white sandy beach is often a playground for dolphins and sea lions, as well as swimmers, windsurfers, snorkelers and surfers. Hangover Bay, which has public toilets, is less than 5 minutes (12 kilometres) from the entrance to Nambung National Park.
Molah Hill Lookout
Roughly 11 kilometres north of Cervantes, Molah Hill Lookout boasts a 360 degree view of the surrounding countryside and ocean. The lookout has disabled access.