The Cervantes township, located just 255 km north of Perth is better known as the gateway to Nambung National Park and the famous Pinnacles, limestone pillars which rise up 5 meters from their small desert like surround.
These formations are the result of ancient tree roots forming a soft limestone cementation of calcite and over many of thousands of years the surrounding soil was blown away by the strong westerly winds. Early Dutch sea captains who saw these pillars from the sea thought them to be the remains of an ancient civilisation.
The township of Cervantes is now a thriving community engaged in fishing for the succulent rock lobster and tourism. Visitors are made very welcome and there are excellent beaches, boating and other sporting facilities.
The area around Cervantes is popular with off road drivers with many tracks along the beach and through the surrounding sand hills.