Road trip from Perth, sandboarding Lancelin dunes & a trip to the Pinnacles.
Lancelin: Sand, surf and sunsets. Lancelin, or Lano as the locals call it is only one and a half hours drive from Perth and attracts WA locals and International tourists for its clean beaches and kilometres of sand dunes to go four wheel driving, quad biking and sand boarding. I love exploring my own city and in particular going on a road trip. Music pumping, we headed off at 8.30 to arrive at 10am.
The drive is quite nice, the fields were looking very green as it is currently winter. Don’t forget to watch out for the wildlife.
Follow Gingin Road and turn right onto North Street and left onto Beacon Road. a few hundred metres up you’ll see a dirt track which is accessible by car, this leads to the dunes. The dunes are open to vehicles from 8 am until sunset.
It had been 17 years since I had been to Lancelin and I was amazed at how large the sand dunes are and also the crisp white colour.
For $10 and a $50 deposit you can hire sand boards for 2 hours from Have a Chat General Store at 104 Gingin Rd ( the main strip in Lancelin) otherwise you can also hire them at the base of the dunes.
At first I thought 2 hours wouldn’t be enough time but after having to climb back to the top over and over again it definitely was.
We hired 2 sit down boards and 3 stand ups with the sit down being able to take 2 people down together.
One of the last runs down before the storm clouds started coming in.
The Pinnacles Dessert: Nambung National Park
Instead of turning right onto Indian Ocean Road and heading back to Perth we turned left to head up to the Pinnacles, around a 50 minute drive from Lancelin. Take a scenic walk and drive through thousands of limestone pillars popping out of the yellow sand.
It is quite an eerie, alien like area. I would love to visit at night and lay on the ground watching the stars. We have some of the darkest skies here in WA and a sky filled with stars.
I was amazed I had never been here before having grown up in Perth and driving up north, but after chatting to Dad we always bypassed the Pinnacles on our drives up.
Some pillars are as high as three and half metres and jagged while others are small, round domes.
The pinnacles cost $12 per vehicle, up to 12 people to enter. There are toilet facilities, visitor information and gift store for souvenirs.
Have you been sand boarding or made a trip to the pinnacles? I would love to hear what you thought.