The Pinnacles – Life on Mars, just three hours outside Perth
Just three hours drive north of Perth and on the edge of the idyllic coastline that sits at the edge of the Indian Ocean, you can visit the Moon.
Or at least a place where the landscape is as eerie and seemingly as remote as the lunar equivalent.
Western Australia’s Pinnaccles, which rise out of the yellow sand dunes of Nambung National Park, have an other world quality.
Thousands of these weathered, limestone rock spires, some rising to several meters in height, stretch across the bright desert.
Some finish in jagged points, others have a rounded dome akin to a tombstone; all were formed around 25,000 to 30,000 years ago.
After the sea receded, deposits of sea shells were left behind. Over the centuries, the coastal wind battered away at the surrounding sand leaving behind the pillars.
Experts believe the Pinnacles, although formed over thousands of years, were probably only exposed relatively recently.
Aboriginal artifacts at least 6,000 years old have been found in the Pinnacles Desert, despite no recent evidence of Aboriginal occupation.
This suggests the pillars were exposed about 6,000 years ago and then covered up by shifting sands, before being exposed again in the last few hundred years.
Even today this theory is being put to the test, as southerly winds uncover pinnacles in the north of the desert, but cover those in the south.
This continual process means new and wonderful Pinnacles will be created.
Even more incredibly, The Pinnacles remained unknown to modern Australians until the 1960s.
Those first visitors must have really felt they’d found another planet hidden in this remote corner of our own Earth.