My dad Ralph favoured back roads and short cuts – which were almost always not short cuts – for his Sunday Drives which usually happened on other days of the week.
In September he visited us in Perth, and we did a Ralph Road Trip to the Pinnacles.
It was of his quintessential back-road-short-cut meandering Sunday Drive on a Wednesday.
Entry to the National Park is $11. Once in there are options to walk or drive through the Pinnacles, and the visitor centre hosts an interactive museum. I feel the same way about museums as I do about zoos, so that part was lost on me, but most folk seem to enjoy it.
The Pinnacles are part of Nambung National Park and are natural limestone structures formed A Long Time Ago.
This is the land of the Nyoongar people (also: Nyungar, Noongar), and Namburg is a Aboriginal word meaning ‘crooked’.
….Okay, I’ll ‘fess up. That’s the extent of my knowledge of the history of the area. I probably should have paid more attention to the interactive museum….
I do know the coastal towns of Jurien Bay and Lancelin are an easy drive (30 minutes north and 60 minutes south respectively).
Being only 200km north of Perth this is – in West Australian terms – an easy day trip. Straight up the Indian Ocean Drive, it takes about 2 hours.
We, of course, did the back road short cut. Which took 4 hours.
But we saw some cool (and some slightly bizarre) things on the way:
The journey and the company he kept was always more important for my dad than the destination.