(English) Lake Thetis and the Pinnacles
Western Australia possesses a wealth of natural beauty, and Lake Thetis and the Pinnacles is no exception. These wonders of nature are located just east of the town of Cervantes, and add to the value in a day trip or short stay in town. The formations, although very different, are very alike in their uniqueness and are a major drawcard for tourists coming to the Western Australian region.
Lake Thetis: The major appeal of Lake Thetis is the stromatolite formations that call the body of water home. These are made by micro-organisms, and represent one of only a few places on earth where such organisms exist. Scientists have been able to study the stromatolites and the creatures that make them, and use their findings to determine that they were indeed crucial in the formation of life on earth, representing some of the earliest known living organisms. A footpath runs around the 1.2km circumference of Lake Thetis, thus is a reasonable distance for most people to enjoy a leisurely and informative stroll. These “living fossils” are an interesting spectacle for the whole family, so round up the kids and blow their minds. And the coolest thing, they’re located only two hours north of Perth! Not only is it a great place for families, it is a great place for silver or grey nomads. The 30-minute stroll is leisurely and stark as you stare out across the lake and the great Australian landscape.
The Pinnacles: Another amazing natural formation near Cervantes is, of course, the Pinnacles. The Nambung National Park plays host to about 250,000 visitors per year, who come to bear witness to these amazing limestone formations. They formed over a period of up to 500,000 years, due to underground limestone formation and slow erosion of the top layers of sand, soil and plants. The vast beauty of the area will make you forget that you are just mere kilometres away from the ocean, due to the broad, wind-swept sand the Pinnacles call home. The short drive to the Pinnacles from Cervantes is well worth it to bear witness to this marvel of nature, and the close proximity means it is only a brief trip back to stay in town or to return to Perth.
You can either take a drive around the area, or walk through the area with your family. Kids will be astounded, but it is a sight to see for everyone. If you can, you should get up early and have a great trip to the Pinnacles in the morning, or if you’re not an early bird, take in the sunset. A great idea would be to grab a lunch from the Lobster Shack and take it down to eat in the Pinnacles. This is the perfect place for a romantic date, or an adventure with the family.
Cervantes is fortunate enough to be neighbours with these natural wonders, and is not too far from some delightful towns. This means that whether you’re into a day trip of a weekender, Cervantes can play the role of either, providing valuable experiences for the entire family. So pack up the car, round up your loved ones and head on up to Cervantes, Lake Thetis and the Pinnacles, you won’t regret it!