Holiday to Cervantes and the Pinnacles Desert, WA

“Which way do I turn?” my husband Steve asks.

After two hours driving up the Indian Ocean Highway from Perth, we have reached a fork in the Cervantes Road turnoff where the West Australian town of Cervantes begins.  Fortunately, there are signs indicating which way to go to find various accommodations and food outlets within the Cervantes townsite.

Cervantes town was named after an American Whaling Vessel called “Cervantes” that shipwrecked here in 1844.  Today roughly 500 people reside in the town that’s main industry is Lobster fishing.  So why are we here?  Well, Cervantes town just happens to be only 10 minutes drive away from one of West Australia’s top ten national wonders – the Pinnacles Desert, thereby creating the town’s secondary industry – tourism.

Within moments we have reached the RAC Cervantes Holiday Park perched right near the beachfront on Ronsard Bay.  What a welcome seeing the white caps crashing out on the reef midway towards the horizon in the turquoise blue Indian Ocean.

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Holiday Options for a Trip to Cervantes and the Pinnacles, WA

Accommodation in Cervantes

With several choices for Cervantes accommodation, we choose the caravan park in Cervantes.  The RAC Cervantes Holiday Park reception staff are friendly and efficient.  Our paperwork is ready and we are directed to the new two-bedroom villa for our two-night stay in Cervantes.

Our villa is clean, new and spacious.  Alternatively you could camp or bring your camper/RV.  The are lots of good amenties at the RAC Cervantes Holiday Park including camp kitchen, games room, play ground, swimming pool and new ablution blocks.

You can read in full detail all about the new two-bedroom villa and the facilities at the RAC Cervantes Holiday Park

There are a couple more choices for accommodation in Cervantes:

  • Cervantes Motel
  • Pinnacles Edge Resort
  • Private holiday homes
Staying at the RAC Cervantes Holiday Park during a family holiday vacation to Cervantes and the Pinnacles Desert.

The view from our RAC Cervantes Holiday Park villa

Top Trip Tip
Accommodation prices vary considerably for all these options, check out a booking site like or Trip Advisor to compare prices and suitablility for your trip.

Eating Out in Cervantes, WA

Even though I included plenty of food when I pack for our self-catering holiday to Cervantes and the Pinnacles, Steve opts to find a takeaway and relax for our first night.  With a quick drive around town, we learn that whilst the town of Cervantes may be small, there are no shortages of food outlets.

  • Seashells Cafe
  • Lobster Snack Shack
  • Cervantes Bar and Bistro
  • Island Cafe
  • Cervantes Country Club
  • Europa Anchor Restaurant
  • Seabreeze Cafe
  • Velas Restaurant

Top Trip Tip
Check opening hours of these establishments as they do alter according to the season.

Fun for the Kids in Cervantes, WA

The next morning our son Lewis is out on his scooter looking for friends while I whip up some pancakes 😉 OK they are the ready-mix kind that you just add water, shake and cook – hey I’m on holiday and it’s something special for kids that I like to include on my self catering packing list.

With the breakfast dishes loaded in the dishwasher, I make a coffee and head out to find Lewis and Steve.  Passing by the toddler playground inside the RAC Cervantes Holiday Park I walk out the holiday park.  Steve and Lewis are found at the large council climbing frame in an expansive green grassy park located just outside the Cervantes caravan park entrance, overlooking the beach.  Most of the school-age kids from the caravan park are out here playing.  Lewis has easily made friends.  The kids are all alternating between the climbing frame, scootering on the paths or kicking a football about in the park.

The kids love the Cervantes playground during a family holiday vacation to Cervantes and the Pinnacles Desert, WA.

The Cervantes Council playground

The only problem – when it comes time to head out for our day trip from Cervantes to the Pinnacles Desert, Lewis is sulky having to leave his friends.  We abate him with the knowledge that we will return early this afternoon.  Then he can join his new friends swimming in the pool and be playing in the games room at the RAC Cervantes Holiday Park.

Top Trip Tip
Pack a scooter or bike.  This allows your child to easily join in the games with the other kids at the caravan park and make friends.

Things to Do and See Near Cervantes

Pinnacles Desert in Numbung National Park

Luckily Lewis enjoys exploring the sunny yellow alien landscape of the Pinnacles Desert, WA.  The 4km loop drive through the desert is only 10 minutes drive from Cervantes.  There are plenty of places to stop and park the car along route so that you can get our and explore this unique desert.  Don’t forget to stop in at the visitor centre within the Numbung National park so that you learn all about the history of the area.

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Explore the Pinnacles Desert in the Nambung National Park during a family holiday to Cervantes, Western Australia.

Touring the Pinnacles Desert, WA.

Later that day, after the swim, we follow a path along the council park up to a little vantage point.  It’s a great spot to enjoy the sunset.

Enjoying the sunset over Ransard bay, Cervantes, WA on a family holiday to Cervantes and the Pinnacles with kids.

Sunset over Ronsard Bay, Cervantes, Western Australia

Lake Thetis

The next day we explore more of the natural wonders near Cervantes.

We see 3500-year-old living stromatolites and thrombolites at Lake Thetis.

Stroll along the boardwalk with us at:
See Lake Thetis during a family holiday to Cervantes and the Pinnacles Desert with kids.

The stromotolites at Lake Thetis

Hansons Bay Lookout

Then we climb up steep sand dunes to Hansens Bay Lookout to enjoy the vista of the waves crashing out on the reef that runs along this part of the West Australian coastline.

Enjoy the view at Hansens Bay Lookout on a family holiday to Cervantes and the Pinnacles Desert with kids.

View from Hansens Bay Lookout

More Things to Do in Cervantes

Other things we could have done include:

  • Taken a stroll along the walking trail to Thirsty Point
  • Stopped at the Indian Ocean Highway vantage points to soak up the ocean views in Nambung National Park:
    • Kangaroo Point
    • Hangover Bay
  • Taken a factory tour at the Lobster Shack

Top Trip Tip
Remember pets are NOT allowed in many of the national parks of Western Australia.

More Information:

Check out all our West Australian travel inspirations HERE.

You’ll find more information on these government websites:

Or read these travel guides on Western Australia

We really enjoyed our stay in Cervantes to visit the Pinnacles Desert, WA and nearby attractions.  The town of Cervantes has such a relaxed vibe.  And whilst it was really family friendly there were plenty of couples enjoying the surroundings as well.  A perfect stay for a weekend getaway from Perth or as a stop on a longer road trip exploring more of Western Australia.

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Four of the attractions at Cervantes including the Pinnacles Desert, sunsets, Cervantes accommodation and Lake Thetis


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12 Responses to “Holiday to Cervantes and the Pinnacles Desert, WA

  • I have always wanted to see the west coast, so thanks for the inspiration! I will be saving this for the future!

  • That was a great sunset! The holiday park at Cervantes looks fantastic! The Pinnacles are fascinating. So unique, and beautiful. We’d love to explore that area, though I understand the Kimberly is a bit remote for most foreign visitors. Definitely one for the Bucket List, though! #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • Just a typical sunset in WA Rob and Ann.
      Just to let you know the Kimberley region is in the far north of Western Australia, it takes about two hours to fly up there. Cervantes and the Pinnacles are only a two-hour drive north of Perth. WA is such a big state and so much to see.

  • Cervantes looks like a photographer’s dream come true and seems to be the perfect place to spend time with your family. It’s great that it’s so close to where you live. #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • You’d love the photographic opportunities, Anda. Sunsets over the ocean, stunning natural scenery and beautiful flora and fauna.

  • So nice that you have such a beautiful spot not too far from home. The viewpoints are lovely and it sounds like a great place for a stroll. The lobster shack sounds interesting too. #TheWeeklyPostcard.

    • Yes, we are quite lucky here in Western Australia Anisa. Some lovely place to explore north and south of Perth.

  • I remember my trip to Perth with my parents in 1992, and we visited the Pinnacles. I can’t remember much from the trip because it was so long ago but I do remember how hot it was – summer had just started and that was our first experience of the blistering heat in Australia 🙂

    • Travelling north in the heat of an Australian summer isn’t that much fun. It’s just way too hot. Though I am sure you found some great beaches along the way to cool off. I hope the heat hasn’t deterred you from returning to Aus.

  • We have just come back from a road trip on the Coral Coast. The Pinnacles was first on our list of things to see and it did not disappoint. Cervantes is lovely, although I don’t understand the hype around The Lobster Shack.

    • We never made it to the Lobster Shack – the men in my life refused to go. Sounds like we didn’t miss anything, thanks Lyn.

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