Sandboarding in Lancelin is inexpensive, and fun (click here to rent a sandboard from as little as $12). So what’s involved?
STEP 1: GET TO LANCELIN
First, get yourself to town. The drive from the centre of Perth is a mere 85 minutes. Head north to the end of the Mitchell Freeway and turn right on Hester Avenue, then left onto Wanneroo Road. This eventually changes into Indian Ocean Drive, so keep heading north until you hit the Lancelin turn-off which is well signposted. Turn towards the coast and follow these video instructions to get to the dunes.
You’ll need a sandboard (forget boogie boards or surfboards, they simply won’t slide). These can be reserved here (from just $12). Once you’ve collected your pre-booked board from the address on your booking receipt, head to the dunes where it’s possible to park standard 2-wheel-drive vehicles right at the base of the dunes on the hard rock.
If you deviate from the route in the image, there is a real chance you will end up bogged. So stay on the hard track. It’s worth noting that most hire car companies forbid you taking their 2-wheel-drive vehicles off road, so be warned.
If you want to go deep into the off-road area, you definitely will need a 4-wheel-drive vehicle. You will also want to be very careful if you’re a novice 4WD’er as the dunes are dangerous (yes, deaths occur).
If you’re not confident driving into the off-road area with your 2-wheel-drive vehicle, simply park it on Bootoo Street and walk in. You can also park in the clearing on the left of the track about 20 metres in as can be seen on the picture above. The walk is about 300 metres across soft sand and hard rock.
FREE DUNES ENTRY
You can collect your rental board from 7am, 7 days a week, and if you have good balance e.g. can ride a skateboard or snowboard, you’ll probably be able to get down the hill standing, otherwise ride sitting down, which takes no skill.
WHAT SHOULD YOU WEAR?
Also be aware that there are no facilities whatsoever at the dunes e.g. toilets/shops etc. So take care of that on your way through the town, and have yourself a top day – it’s an awesome destination!