Welcome to Cervantes & Pinnacles Desert

Laid-back crayfishing town Cervantes, 198km north of Perth, makes a handy overnight stop with easy access to the Pinnacles Desert, the Kwongan wildflowers and the heaths of Lesueur National Park and Badgingarra National Park, plus some beaut beaches. Only established in 1963, the town is scruffy, sprawling and charmless – even the Spanish street names, taking their cue from the 1844 wreck of the Cervantes nearby, do little to elevate the vibe. But things could be worse: the waterlogged survivors of the Cervantes wreck had to walk to their salvation in Fremantle, 216km away.

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