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Published: June 13th 2017
Geo: -27.6568, 114.395
On route up to Kalbarri we wanted to take the kids to see the Pinnacles Dessert, we stopped after an hour or so to stretch our legs at a lookout, Shell and Sophie went off first followed by the rest of us it didn't take long before Sophie came running back with her fingers to her lips " come quickly there's a Wallaby just around the corner" sure enough as we rounded the bend in the track there not 4m away was a fully grown Wallaby munching on the vegetation, not a care in the world. Whilst it saw us it took no notice and just carried on feeding, then I spotted two Joeys hiding just off the track. By the time we left we were close enough to touch the mother, what a wonderful start to our adventure the kids we overawed until we got back to the car after which they couldn't contain their excitement any longer and talked nonstop about their encounter until we reached the Pinnacles.
The Pinnacles Desert covers an area of approximately 190 hectares, and contains thousands of limestone Pinnacles, some up to 5 meters high. The variation in colours, the
stark relief of the Pinnacles against a backdrop of constantly shifting sand dunes creates an eerie landscape which is best seen at dawn or sunset when the shadows create remarkable patterns and shapes that ripple over the sands. We wandered around the stalagmite like structures for an hour or so before continuing our journey Northwards to Kalbarri on the way up there are some spectacularly high dunes of brilliant white sand.
I was hoping to stop off briefly on the way up off to look at another natural wonder The Pink Lake (it's not always pink) the colour of the water changes as a result of green alga and / or high concentration of brine, as we approached we could see that we were in luck the lake was indeed pink we pulled into the only parking place and tracked down to the shore but unfortunately as we got closer it became more and more muddy and there wasn't a lot to see as there's no dedicated view area or platform, disappointed we set off and settled for looking at the views as we skirted alongside the lake.
We arrived at our Villa's reception to find it
locked and no one in attendance ( it was only 16:30) there blue tacked to the window frame was an envelope with our name on it, the letter inside said he'd gone flying but the rooms were ready and the key was in the door! It went on to give his number and stated if it goes to voice mail leave a message and he'd get back to us or ring an alternative number, and Jason would sort out any queries / problems.
There were a few minor problems which Jason resolved quickly and efficiently. I was pleased that the villa was what I call an upside down house, with the bedrooms on the floor level and the lounge and kitchen upstairs, whilst it may seem strange it means the bedrooms are cooler and the lounge benefits from the heat from the rooms below as well as in our case far better views out to the beach and the breaking surf.
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