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This is one of our most exciting day trip from Perth. 😍😍😍
We will be going to experience sandboarding at Lancelin Sand Dunes and visit the Pinnacles desert. 🏜🏜🏜
As there are findings on self-driving to Lancelin sand dunes and Pinnacles desert, we got a little worried about the road condition. 🛣🛣🛣
In addition to that, we could not get much information on where we could rent the sandboard. 🏄🏄🏄 Nevertheless, we just head off hoping for the best in whatever situation we face. 🙏🙏🙏
First Stop: Lancelin Sand Dunes
Lancelin Sand Dunes is a popular sandboarding destination with gorgeous white sand. 🏖🏖🏖
How to Get to Lancelin Sand Dunes
For a taste of adventure and an injection of adrenaline, head to Lancelin sand dunes. 🏝🏝🏝
Drive up North from Perth, the drive is approximately 128km, 1.5hours.🚘🚘🚘
This route is along the Indian Ocean and the drive is on a smooth road.
✅The road condition is pretty good throughout until before entering the sand dune.
Upon entering the sand dune, we entered an off-road vehicle area. I recommend drivers to drive on flat sand instead of driving up the sand dunes as the sand is very soft the higher we go. 🚗🚗🚗
⚠️Do drive safely as: Sand dunes are always changing in size and shapes
- Sand dunes may ends with steep sudden drop-offs
- Beware of other vehicles, sandboarders and pedestrian
⚠️One point to note while driving in Perth will be animals.
‼️There are many signs warning signs featuring animals crossing the road. Drive safe and drive slow when you see these signs as animals tend to be attracted to the roadside and you never know when they dash across.
Where to rent Sandboard?
This is what we will use if we couldn’t find any shop that rents sandboard.😜😜😜
As we are heading to Lancelin sand dune, we will need to rent a sandboard before arriving at this famous sand dune.Luckily, we saw Have a Chat General Store where we rented one sandboard for AUS$10 for 2 hours. Trust Me, one sandboard is enough to share with 2-3 people. ☺️☺️☺️
Check out our happy faces for managing to rent the sandboard and now we can head to Lancelin sand dune!
✅Have a Chat General Store opens 7 days a week from 5am to 5pm.
Here we can go sandboarding down massive 45 degrees angle dunes where it is the biggest in Western Australia. 😎😎😎
What to Do in Lancelin Sand Dunes?
- Getting the best view – Do get up to the peak of the sand and be rewarded with a stunning outlook over Lancelin, surrounding farmland, sandhill and coastline. 🏜🏜🏜
✅Tips: The best views are at dawn and dusk. The weather is cooler at dawn and dusk too!🌞🌞🌞
- Learn how to sand dune – Enjoy the pristine white sand dunes which are over three stories high🏄♀️🏄♀️🏄♀️
✅Tips: Start from the lower sand dune before moving to the higher and steeper ones. Try to balance on the sandboard and keep the centre of gravity low.
‼️Remember to wax the sandboard for smoother experience👍👍👍
Though it seems easy, the walk up carrying the board can be tiring. We got tired after 3-4 times up and down. 😛😛😛
My success to sandboard down the sand dune after few attempts.😁😁😁
- Get the best photos taken in the sand dune
✅Tips: Beat the crowd and be there early to enjoy the nice stretches of sandy beaches and of course the famous Lancelin’s sand dunes.
‼️Note: Even for some who decide not to try sandboarding, the amazing white sand dunes sculpted by the wind and coastal scenery are spectacular to behold and will provide plenty of photo opportunities.📷📷📷
- Extreme Thrill Ride – Not tired after the sandboarding, some may also want to try off road 4 seaters extreme thrill ride.🎢🎢🎢
✅For us, we absolutely loved the sand dunes and the soft white sand! 😂😂😂
Some slopes are steep and scary. Nevertheless, the higher we went, the more fun it gets. 🏄♀️🏄♀️🏄♀️
‼️It was definitely hard trekking up but the effort was worth it!❤️❤️❤️
Address: Lancelin Sand Dunes, Beacon Rd, Lancelin WA 6044, Australia
Next Stop: Nambung National Park – The Pinnacles
Nambung National Park is approximately 1 hours drive from Lancelin sand dune. 🚗🚗🚗
The Pinnacles are limestone formation within the Nambung National Park. 🏖🏖🏖 In Nambung National Park, there is a Pinnacles dessert drive through to enjoy the different rock formation.🏜🏜🏜
💰Entry to The Pinnacles is $12 per vehicle.
We went around the area without any time limit. We can stop at the suggested stops where our vehicle could park while we alight and explore. 📍
To view the Pinnacles, it is a one-way drive over a sandy but firm road. There’s pull over areas so we can get out and take the obligatory photos.
We parked at the side and did a walk to have a closer view.🔭🔭🔭
We loved visiting these strange natural forming rock formations. There were thousands of them in the desert. 😄😄😄
Well worth a drive through and certainly plenty of photo opportunities.📷📷📷 The pinnacles desert is just so spectacular and incredible! I have never seen something like this, so magnificent!😄😄😄
The best thing is that we can walk park at the side, explore and hop back into our car which is just minutes away!❤️
✅Tips: There is no toilet so do head to the toilet at the visitor center before entering. ❗️Do apply lots of sunblocks as the sun can be scorching hot!🌞🌞🌞
After exploring the pinnacle desert, we went to the indoor information center for a detailed explanation of the formation of the pinnacle.
⚠️Fun Fact: The action of wind continues to reveal, conceal and reshape the pinnacles. The change in the weather results in the surface of the pinnacles.
Address: The Pinnacles Desert, Pinnacles Drive, Cervantes WA 6511, Australia
Next Stop: Lobster Shack
Lobster Shack is approximately 30 minutes from Pinnacles Desert. 🚙🚙🚙
✅This is also one of my favorite places as I am a Lobster Lover so I would really love to visit this lobster factory. 🍤🍤🍤
This trip will not be complete without a fresh Lobster lunch and a tour of the Lobster processing plant.
Lobster Shack Factory Tour
The factory tour adventure starts with a short video which showed us how lobsters were caught out in the sea.
Moving on, we were given an audio guide where we can select our own language to take the tour at our own pace. 😋😋😋
The lobsters are sorted based on lobster grade which is based on the size and not quality.
The smallest size is an A grade lobster, ranging from 380gms to 480gms while the biggest, an H grade lobster will weigh up to a massive 2.5kilos.🙀🙀🙀
This is a huge lobster that the staff took out from the live holding lanes to show us while we are on the overhead walkway. 😍😍😍
The lobsters are kept in these lanes below without food for a minimum of 3 days before they are exported live. This is called purging. 🙂
⚠️Fun Fact: Purging does not harm the lobster since they received all the nutrients they need from the sea water being pump through the lanes.✅
Once the lobsters are packed, they will be transported in a controlled temperature vehicles to Perth International Airport to the various destination around the world. 🌎🌎🌎
‼️Quick Fact: Lobsters can survive for over 30 hours throughout the journey.Time for Lobster Feast!😂😂😂 After the factory tour, it’s now time for late lunch! 🍽🍽🍽 We ordered 2 different grade half grilled lobsters(sides: Fries and fried rice) for sharing.🍻🍻🍻 ‼️
Could you see the difference in grade?🤔🤔🤔
For the taste of the lobster, it is delicious and sweet but I still prefer Boston Lobsters! 😳😳😳 We also ordered a 500gms prawn bucket at AUS$25. The prawn is very fresh and we enjoyed eating. 😛😛😛 ✅Lobster Shack is a place worth to visit to get a first-hand look into the multi-million dollars industry by taking a tour to the live lobster processing plant!😍😍😍
‼️I personally felt that the lobsters here are quite pricey. A half grilled A grade lobster(approximately 185-195 gms), chips and coleslaw are priced at AUS$33. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the factory tour!😋😋😋
Address: Lobster Shack Cervantes WA, 11 Madrid St, Cervantes WA 6511, Australia Summary✅For an adventure one day trip, The Lancelin sand dunes and Pinnacles are definitely MUST EXPLORE by any travelers going to Perth. My family and I enjoyed ourselves for this trip!😄😄😄
📍We had an awesome good sleep as we used a lot of energy going up and down the sand dune!😋😋😋