Distance from Perth: 127 km north of Perth.
Nearest fuel: There are 2 Fuel stations in Lancelin, one as you come into town and the other in the heart of town (they both charge for using their air compressors so bring your own).
Approx 220 Hectares of sand dunes.
Time to allow: perfect for a day trip or a few days as there is plenty
of accommodation and a lot to do.
town is a small fishing town (mainly crayfish) and is home to the closest sand
dunes from Perth. Lancelin attracts a lot of tourists during the holidays.
Population is 600 and in the holidays it booms to well over 2250. For that
reason there is plenty of accommodation ranging from Hotels/resorts to caravan
The Endeavour Tavern is worth a visit for its good
atmosphere and coastal view from the beer garden.
Most shops are open 7 days a week.
The Sand Dunes.
Be sure to read the signs on the way in and note this are is only open between 8:00am – 7:00pm every day.
4 wheeling on the sand dunes are great fun, there is a huge area to explore which changes every day due to the strong winds. I've recently been there 2 times
2 weeks apart and the dunes had shifted and changed shape very significantly. Every time you visit it will be different.
Take care when approaching a sand dune, if you haven’t seen what's on the other
side it really pays to have a look on foot, a lot of sand dunes may look flat,
low or smooth at the top but 50% of the time it's a steep drop off on the other
side (these are called razorback dunes), which can really end in a bad way.
Off road bikes are allowed at the sand dunes, about as many dirt bikes and
quad bikes as 4WDs frequent to Lancelin.
Do take care if you know off road bikes and or 4WDs are near as collisions can
happen to the unaware.
When hearing bikes approaching its best just to come to a rolling stop and wait
for them to pass.
Sand boarding is popular at Lancelin and is
great fun, you can hire a board or buy a board, just remember to bring candle
wax which you will need for waxing the sand board, this will help it slide on
You can only sand board in the designated sand
boarding area where vehicles are prohibited. This area can be accessed by 2wd, close to the entrance of the off road area, it is well signed.
You can find more up to date information regarding off-road vehicle and sandboarding at: https://www.gingin.wa.gov.au/tourism/off-road-vehicle-information.aspx
There are a few good surfing spots along the
beach, providing the wind isn't too strong surfing is actually pretty good at
You won't get very big waves but they do have a nice shape to them so
it’s a good area to bring the kids for a paddle or surf.
On the real flat days
you could take a wave ski or kayak out for a paddle.
The beach can be entered from the same entry as
the off road area (sand dunes), just follow the signs and stick to the left
hand track all the way until
you hit the beach, or for a more private spot head
north of the sand dunes (see " Tracks at Northern end of the Dunes"
Tracks at Northern end of the Dunes.
4wd only there are a few tracks north of the sand dunes
which lead to different beach areas which are great for fishing, relaxing or
even just spending the day doing whatever you like at the beach.
One of these tacks will lead you to the military zone gate NO ACCESS, turn back and head west towards the beach.
If you stick to the coastal side of Lancelin you shouldn't end up in the wrong
Things to do.
- Spend the day at the beach
- 4WD exploring the area, enjoying the sand dunes
and hill climbs
- Sand Boarding
- Kite surfing and wind surfing is popular in
Lancelin as it does get quite windy a lot of the time.
- Quad or Trail bike riding
- Take your boat or Jet Ski out (there is a good
area for launching small boats and jet skis at the beach) (see GPS way points)
Track conditions and difficulty.
Easy - Medium
(but can be hard depending on what dunes you take on).
Sand Dunes anywhere from 13-20 PSI is recommended for
this area, entire sand dunes can shift or change shape from day to day and week
to week so take care when revisiting as most areas will be different than your
last visit. Sand flags should really be used in this area.
The tracks north of the sand dunes
are easy, there are no real challenging sections (same PSI as sand dunes).
can be very soft at times, don't be surprised if you need to lower PSI lower
than 13. Know the tides, some stretches of beach are very narrow.
Best time to visit.
All year round is good.
summer it does get very hot and it's best to spend more time at the beach than
at the sand dunes. In winter (unless it's
raining really hard) it's rather enjoyable exploring the sand dunes as the sand
is a bit more compacted which makes it great for 4WD dune climbing.
tent or awning, sunscreen, bush hat, plenty of water, rated recovery gear
(shovel is a must as the sand can be very soft at times, snatch strap), Air
compressor, sand board (don't forget candle wax) or surf board.
GPS way points: