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Lancelin was establish in the mid forties as a hub for the cray fishing industry.  This was the first pub to be built and it stood at the very northern end of the town.  It was known as the Inn back in 1954 when it opened, today it’s called the Lancelin Beach Hotel. Thanks to Sally Petrie for this vintage photograph.  … Read More


Lancelin has been a cray fishing town for nearly 70 years and today, some 20 boats work the waters off the Lancelin coast fishing for Western Rock Lobsters which can fetch up to AU$90/kilo wholesale and probably 50-100% more than that in the restaurants of China and Japan where most of the Lancelin catch ends up…. Read More


Head out 5+kms to sea during October and November and you’ll find humpback whales heading along our coast.  These creatures are magnificent and will often come to within 10m of your boat if they’re comfortable. In Oct 2016, crayfisherman Kevin Ostle came across a most remarkable sight, killer whales eating a humpback mother and calf.  This is indeed a rare occurrence and one Kevin doesn’t think he’ll ever see again and he’s… Read More