Cervantes in Western Australia is a great idea for a weekend trip from Perth, as well as a must see destination for those of you who are visiting this beautiful state as a part of a larger trip. Have you been wondering what are the top things to do in Cervantes? My favourites include visiting the magical Pinnacles Desert, dining in Lobster Shack, and having fun at Lancelin sand dunes. Sound interesting? I’m sure you won’t get disappointed. Find out more about one of the best places to visit in Western Australia below.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?
Cervantes is located 200 km north of Perth. When it comes to weather, summer days between December and March are usually hot and dry. Australia’s winter is much colder, but if you are lucky enough, you may catch some sun too. Cervantes has shops, petrol stations, and different accommodation options such as caravan parks and B&B. If you have more time, you can also visit Jurien Bay, which is not too far from Cervantes. Before you go, make sure to read a separate blog post about top things to do in Jurien Bay.
WHAT ARE THE TOP THINGS TO DO?
What are the top things to do in Cervantes in Western Australia? First of all, you can’t miss the famous Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park. This place is magical and incredibly beautiful. If you are looking for a place to have lunch, go and check Lobster Shack. This is a locally owned restaurant serving delicious lobsters. Last, but not least, Lancelin sand dunes, a huge playground for adults. The good news is that all those places are accessible for 2WD vehicles, so a 4WD car is not needed. More details below.
NAMBUNG NATIONAL PARK
Thousands of limestone pillars rising up to 4 metres out of the stark landscape of yellow sand. Welcome to the Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park. Is this just some bizarre rocks standing alone on the sand? Absolutely no! In my opinion, this place is pretty spectacular, unique, and definitely worth a visit. Roads in the national park are suitable for 2WD cars. You can drive through the desert, taking a 4 km, one-way lane and pull over in bays along the track to get out of the car and get closer to these amazing rock formations. Alternatively, you can take the Desert View Walk Trail. It’s a 1,6 km track winding among the Pinnacles. A day entry fee to the national park is AUD 15 for a vehicle. Feel free to check also the Visitor Centre upon arrival.
Lobster Shack is an iconic restaurant serving lobsters in Cervantes in Western Australia. Formerly, a small settlement with a single boat used by a family to go fishing every day. Today, a huge fishery with a fleet of modern boats, and one of the top things to do in Cervantes. This place is very popular among West Aussies and visitors too. It may be quite busy inside, but don’t stress about waiting times. They have lots of staff, so you won’t be waiting too long for your lobster to arrive. Speaking about lobsters. I definitely recommend the first option on the menu. Lobster sauté with chips and salad. It’s the best! After lunch, have a break at Lake Thetis, and check out stromatolites, the oldest evidence of life on Earth also called “living fossils”.
LANCELIN SAND DUNES
This is indeed a playground for adults! Who’s up for having fun at Lancelin sand dunes? Get yourself a sandboard, run up the dune, slide down and feel like a child again. Trust me, it’s a great fun! Unlike, walking up the dune again. After a couple of rounds, you may decide that watching others is actually more entertaining. This is a serious effort! Are you looking for something more thrilling? If yes, rent a quad or do some off-road driving in a 4WD car. The truth is that you don’t need a 4WD vehicle to get here. You will be fine with a 2WD car, just stay on the hard track. There’s no entry fee to the sand dunes area. Lastly, don’t miss out on some nice beaches, and stop at Hangover Bay or Kangaroo Point on your way to Perth.
These are the top things to do in Cervantes in Western Australia. Are you going to rent a sandboard or quad to have fun at Lancelin sand dunes? Let me know by leaving a comment below!