From Perth to Geraldton
Between Perth and Geraldton, along Western Australia’s shoreline, you’ll find the Turquoise Coast. There’s heaps of cool spots to visit for a day or extended stay, with some even accessible for a day trip from Perth! Here’s some of our favourites…
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Lancelin Sand Dunes
This place was epic. A big kids playground. And basically free! 90 minutes drive north of Perth is Lancelin. It’s got some pretty nice beaches, but what really got our engines revving was the Lancelin Dunes. Standing on a lookout at the shore, looking inland, we could see this playground a couple of kilometres away, so we went to explore. Got a 4WD? Great! Don’t have one? No problem. Hire a quad bike, join a 4WD adventure tour bus or take your own rig. Lancelin dunes is a big open space filled with small and larger sand dunes for all levels of experience. Get in there and go for a fang (responsibly of course), practice your skills, and push some limits as your confidence grows. There’s even sand boards for hire, but remember, those hills that are so fun and quick to ride down, are bloody exhausting to get back up.
A totally different world. In the Nambung National Park, just south of Cervantes, you will find the weird and wonderful world of The Pinnacles. The shifting sands of the area were avoided by Aboriginals, as they believed they would get lost, sucked down into the earth. Their stories tell of young men disappearing into the sand, and the limestone pillars of the Pinnacles are their fingertips reaching up out of the earth as they try to escape. Drive or walk around the incredible landscape, and visit the visitor centre to discover more about the area and it’s history.
Jurien Bay and Sandy Cape
Jurien Bay was such a nice place that would be an awesome spot to stop with a family. Only spending a day here, and even with some miserable weather, we had a heap of fun. The town is well loved by it’s community and it shows. There’s so many projects that have been implemented to create plenty of engagement. From an artificial reef snorkelling trail, to the free giant games available for fun in the park, everyone is sure to stay entertained. If you’re looking for somewhere a little quieter, take a drive just north of Jurien Bay to Sandy Cape. It’s a beautiful low cost beach campsite, and the further north you travel along the 4WD track, the more secluded you can get! We enjoyed a beautiful sunset at our private camp, even spotting a seal playing in the bay.
Highlight of our Turquoise Coast stay. It was heaven. We stayed longer than planned, because honestly we didn’t want to leave (lucky there was a 72hr free camping limit or we may still be there!). At the main entrance you’ll find the jaw bone of a Humpback Whale from 2018 which is pretty cool to see. But if you continue north along the track into the more sandy 4WD territory, you’ll find paperbark tea trees for some shelter and serenity right by the beach. If you stop here please note that this stretch of coast is notorious for ocean debris. So if you can, grab a tub or garbage bag, fill it with some trash, and empty it in one of the dumpsters available on site. It’ll make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
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Until our next update - see you on / off the road 😉
Cassie and Micky