Nambung National Park
Nambung National Park lies on the coast of Western Australia roughly 200 kilometres north of Perth and covers an area of 17, 487 hectares (43,209.7 acres). The Yued people are the traditional custodians of the region and in their language Nambung means ‘crooked’ or ‘winding’, a reference to the Nambung River that drains into the area.
The main feature of the park is the Pinnacles Desert where thousands of huge limestone pillars, some reaching a height of four metres (13 ft), rise out of the stark desert landscape of yellow quartz sand. The pinnacles were formed millions of years ago, after the sea receded leaving behind deposits of sea shells. Over time, coastal winds removed the surrounding sand, leaving the pillars exposed.
The park is also known for its beautiful, white, sandy beaches at Kangaroo Point and Hangover Bay, coastal dune systems and low heathland rich in flowering plants, which burst into bloom from August to October. At the park’s northern end is Lake Thetis, a salt lake teeming with living fossils called thrombolites. These are rock-like structures built by micro-organisms too small for the human eye to see.
The park is home to a number of animal species especially the western grey kangaroo. Among the many species of birds are emus and galahs. In the breeding season humpback whales and southern right whales can be seen off the coast. Bottlenose dolphins commonly play in the waters off Hangover Bay and sometimes sea lions hang out there as well. In the park are a number of reptiles including Gould’s monitors and harmless carpet pythons.