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 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.
Location of Wanagarren Nature Reserve.
This part of the reserve is just beside the Indian Ocean Drive.
The Grass Trees.
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.
Welcome signboard to Lancelin. The sand dunes are still far off from here.
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.
‘Have A Chat General Store’ aka ‘Lucky 7’ is where you can rent sand boards.
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.
Way to the sand dunes off Beacon Road. Credit:lancelin.com.au
No problem for ordinary car to drive right to the edge of the dunes.
Sand boarders up on the dune.
Naturally, anything that goes down must come up.
View of the dunes from the entry point.
Seagulls near the beach wanting to join us for lunch.
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.
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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