Happy New Year to everyone! Let’s hope that 2022 brings happier and positive times ahead.
Although under an hour and half’s drive north of our home on Perth’s coastal corridor, we have only visited this area once. That was way back in the early 1990s when our daughters were still small – in fact I seem to remember Mlle toddling along the grass near the ocean! The “Big Chair” in the photos above is a new addition!
Our friends had been renting in a house at Ledge Point, a small settlement just to the south of Lancelin, so we drove up to see them and they showed us around.
A small fishing town situated on the aptly named Turquoise Coast (I didn’t know this before I looked it up!), Lancelin was rather quiet and sleepy on the day we visited. However this was midweek and it does get far busier on weekends and holiday times. As we drove back to Perth, we passed convoys of cars and caravans heading up north for the weekend.
The beach was more or less deserted – vast expanses of golden sand and the beautiful azure waters of the Indian Ocean stretching out to the horizon.
There was one small piece of drama when we were approached by a couple of young girls who had got bogged down in the sands – note it is never a good idea to drive a vehicle onto a beach unless you know exactly what you are doing! Fortunately a workman with a tractor saw their plight and came to the rescue, pulling their car out of the shifting sand with a chain.
We also had a nice walk along the boardwalk, which we couldn’t remember from our first visit, and enjoyed some glorious views from the lookout. The walk had made us hungry so we repaired to the nearest eatery, The Dunes Bar & Restaurant, part of the Lancelin Beach Hotel, and had an enjoyable lunch on the terrace overlooking the ocean.
Our friends were keen to show us the Lancelin sand dunes, situated behind the town, where you can quad-bike and sand-surf down the ever-shifting whiteness. I wasn’t game to do anything that dramatic, but we did climb up to the top of one of the sandhills.
All in all we had a throroughly enjoyable day out – it was pleasant without being hot, the wind and the fresh air was invigorating and it was easy drive to and from Perth.
Finally a few photos of the spectacular West Coast sunset courtesy of our friends!
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