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Lancelin Sand Dunes Western Australia

Lancelin Sand Dunes, Lancelin, Western Australia

October 2016

On our return trip to Perth from Cervantes, we stopped by Lancelin sand dunes. On the way, about 45km (30mins) from Thirsty Point beach to our left, take a quick stop at the lay-bay for a panoramic view of the Wanagarren Nature Reverse. It’s a couple of minutes stop for photos and selfies. Nothing much but has a nice grass trees landscape to photograph.

Wanagarren Nature Reserve

Wanagarren Nature Reserve lay-bay on your left heading to Perth/Lancelin. On the far end, there is a white sand dune similar to the dunes in Lancelin.

Lancelin Sand Dunes Western Australia

Location of Wanagarren Nature Reserve.

Wanagarren Nature Reserve

This part of the reserve is just beside the Indian Ocean Drive.

Wanagarren Nature Reserve

The Grass Trees.

Wanagarren Nature Reserve

The panoramic expense of the Grass Trees at the reserve.

Lancelin Sand Dunes is Australia’s premier sandboarding destination. It’s 36km from the Wanagarren Reserve lay-bay and 9.2km off the junction of Indian Ocean Drive Highway. The dunes are nestled inland North-East of the township, while to the West, lies the picturesque coastal backdrop of the Indian Ocean.

Lancelin Sand Dunes Western Australia

Welcome signboard to Lancelin. The sand dunes are still far off from here.

Lancelin Sand Dunes Western Australia

Tourist information board.

If you are interested to sandboard, hire your boards from ‘Have A Chat General Store‘ (aka Lucky 7), 104 Gingin Road at $10/2 hrs (refundable deposit apply) and then drive up to the dunes via Beacon Road. Heading towards the sand dunes, the general store is to your left.

Lancelin Sand Dunes Western Australia

‘Have A Chat General Store’ aka ‘Lucky 7’ is where you can rent sand boards.

Lancelin Sand Dunes Western Australia

Route to Lancelin Sand Dune from the junction of Indian Ocean Drive Highway. Note location of ‘Have A Chat General Store’ aka Lucky 7 for renting of sand boards. Click to enlarge map.

The dune’s pure white sand looks like a snow landscape. It rises three storeys high and is suitable for 4 wheel driving, trail bike riding and quad biking among others. Entry to the dunes is free and opens every day from sunrise to sunset. You can drive your ordinary 2WD right up to the edge of the sandboarding sand dune.

Lancelin Sand Dunes Western Australia

Way to the sand dunes off Beacon Road.                                                                                             Credit:lancelin.com.au

Lancelin Sand Dunes Western Australia

No problem for ordinary car to drive right to the edge of the dunes.

Lancelin Sand Dunes Western Australia

Sand boarders up on the dune.

Lancelin Sand Dunes Western Australia

Naturally, anything that goes down must come up.

Lancelin Sand Dunes Western Australia

View of the dunes from the entry point.

Lancelin Sand Dunes Western Australia

Seagulls near the beach wanting to join us for lunch.

Lancelin Sand Dunes Western Australia

I rather look for kangaroos than sand boarding.

We did not participate in sand boarding but rather watch others doing it. We did take a break at the nearby beach for lunch before continuing to Perth, a drive of another 161km. This concludes our 5 days road trip of Western Australia and 2 days within Perth & Fremantle. We had travelled a total of 2,177km and for the first time, actually enjoyed the long hours of drive due to the diverse landscape and good roads. Notable mention to HERE WeGo (formally HERE Maps) offline Maps & GPS App that NEVER took us to a single wrong turn.

Lancelin Sand Dunes Western Australia

Final leg of our road trip to Western Australia. Tomorrow we bid farewell to Perth.

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Our entire 5 days of Western Australia Road Trip. If we knew the drive wouldn’t be boring, we would have covered Esperance too.

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Cape Leeuwin, Augusta, Western Australia.

Cape Leeuwin, Augusta, Western Australia

October 2016

Cape Leeuwin is one of the most scenic spot to visit in the Margaret River region. It is located at the extreme south-western point of the Australian continent. Cape Leeuwin marks the boundary between the Indian Ocean and the Southern Ocean. Augusta is the closest town to Cape Leeuwin, just a 12 minutes drive and Margaret River town being 30 minutes away.

We start our 2nd day road trip by visiting Cape Leeuwin before proceeding to the next attraction of the day. Although we arrived in Augusta in the early evening the previous day, we were unable to  make a visit here as the grounds of the lighthouse closes at 5:00 p.m.

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Arrived early. Waiting for the gate to open.

Cape Leeuwin, Augusta, Western Australia.

Location of Baywatch Manor Lodge & Cape Leeuwin lighthouse. Just 9km away.

The lighthouse precinct is enclosed in a fenced-off area which you’ll need to pay $8 to enter. To climb up the lighthouse, you’ll have to join a tour for an additional $12.

Cape Leeuwin, Augusta, Western Australia.

Entry fees prominently displayed.

Cape Leeuwin, Augusta, Western Australia.

From afar, the lighthouse draws your attention.

Cape Leeuwin, Augusta, Western Australia.

About to enter the lighthouse precinct. The morning was beautiful with clear blue sky.

Cape Leeuwin, Augusta, Western Australia.

Australian flag in the precinct compound.

Cape Leeuwin, Augusta, Western Australia.

Bench for you to sit and soak in the warmth and sight.

Cape Leeuwin, Augusta, Western Australia.

Some facts about the lighthouse.

The Cape Leeuwin lighthouse is located on its own precinct, a narrow peninsula of granite jutting out into the ocean built-in the late 19th century. It offers spectacular views of the cape as well as views out to sea. At 39m high and 56m above the sea, the lighthouse is the third tallest in Australia and the tallest in Western Australia. It stands at its lonely position near the edge of the dramatic granite peninsula. It was one of the last in the world to remain manually operated until 1982.

Cape Leeuwin, Augusta, Western Australia.

Wind wave at the lighthouse.

Cape Leeuwin, Augusta, Western Australia.

Entrance to the lighthouse.

Cape Leeuwin, Augusta, Western Australia.

Some facts about meeting of the two oceans.

Cape Leeuwin, Augusta, Western Australia.

Trying to locate the imaginary line separating Southern Ocean & the Indian Ocean.

Cape Leeuwin, Augusta, Western Australia.

Lookout point below the lighthouse facing the two oceans.

Cape Leeuwin, Augusta, Western Australia.

Cape Leeuwin lighthouse, Augusta, Western Australia.

About 250m before you reach the lighthouse car park to your right, there is an old Historic Water Wheel. It was built to pump water from a spring up to the lighthouse cottages and over the years the wood that it was originally made from has been coated with minerals. The fossilised water wheel is worth a visit, as where the sea meets the rocky beach, the water a crystal clear. The water wheel is located next to the car park.

Cape Leeuwin, Augusta, Western Australia.

History of  water wheel.

Cape Leeuwin, Augusta, Western Australia.

The now ‘fossilised’ water wheel.

Cape Leeuwin, Augusta, Western Australia.

Crystal clear waters.

Cape Leeuwin, Augusta, Western Australia.

This part is the Indian Ocean.

Cape Leeuwin, Augusta, Western Australia.

The lighthouse as seen from the water wheel.

Cape Leeuwin, Augusta, Western Australia.

Location of The Historic Water Wheel in respect to the Lighthouse car park.

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