Australia: North of Perth – Beaches, Pinnacles and Sand Dunes

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We had a fabulous weekend adventure exploring pristine empty beaches and stunning national parks North of Perth. The secluded Australian countryside is not for the faint-hearted who may be afraid of biting lizards and poisonous snakes, so we are thankful for our wonderful local ‘Strayan friends who kept us safe and showed us an amazing time.

1. Beach camping

With a tough 4×4 off-road car and lots of adrenaline, we drove tens of kilometers directly on the beach in-between the towns of Guilderton and Lancelin, located about an hour North of Perth. The car tires had to be deflated from their normal pressure of 30-40psi by half to about 18psi to give better traction in the soft sand.

About halfway through the drive, rocks and cliffs obstructed the beach so we turned inland to drive through the bush until we found the perfect camping spot. Except for a group of wild kangaroos watching us from the distance, we were all alone in the Australian countryside spending the afternoon fishing on the beach, watching the sunset and enjoying a case of beers by the campfire.

Camping on the beach
Perfect camping set-up on the beach
Sunset on the beach
Sunset on the beach

The highlight was our morning swim in the Indian Ocean when all of a sudden, a sea lion popped out of the water right next to us! He swam around us in circles for 10 minutes, appearing like an underwater torpedo and often popping out of the water to look at us and wave by splashing his fin on the surface.

Picturesque morning on the beach
Picturesque morning on the beach

2. The Pinnacles

Pinnacles at Nambung National Park
Pinnacles at Nambung National Park

Formed over thousands of years, the Pinnacles are ancient tree trunks and roots that petrified into limestone. Ranging in height from just a few centimeters up to about 5 meters, there are hundreds of “Pinnacles” scattered throughout the Nambung National Park, located 250km North of Perth. The brown-orange Pinnacles come in various inspirational shapes – our particular favorite was riding one shaped like a camel!

Largest Pinnacle at Nambung National Park
Largest Pinnacle we found at Nambung National Park
Pete riding the camel shaped Pinnacle
Pete riding the camel shaped Pinnacle
The cowboy Pinnacle
The cowboy Pinnacle

 

3. Lancelin Sand Dunes

Lancelin Sand Dunes
Panorama of the Lancelin Sand Dunes

Stretching about 2 kilometers across, the Lancelin sand dunes are the largest in Western Australia. Sandboarding is the most popular activity, sliding down the 45-degree sand dunes while sitting on a plastic or wooden board. The white sand is super soft so falling off didn’t hurt. For the more adventurous types, it is possible to drive your own off-road 4×4 car up and down the dunes, though the local tow service operator warned us that he has to rescue about half a dozen cars each weekend that got stuck or rolled over.

Lancelin Sand Dunes
Tom jumping off the Lancelin Sand Dunes

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