Summer Holidays are for hitting the beach with a bit of 4 wheel driving thrown in for fun.
We departed Perth and drove 120 kilometers north along the Indian Ocean Drive to a small coastal town called Ledge Point. The main beach was crowded with holiday makers so we didn’t stick around. We dropped the tyre pressure in our 4wds and followed the coast line back towards Perth.
In search for our own private beach to have lunch and relax. Taking our time to explore the coast line.
Only moments after leaving Ledge Point did we hit a large sand dune which proved to be a bit of a challenge for the land cruiser. After many failed attempts to reach the top Dixie let down the tyre pressure a bit more and we cruised it in.
Perched on top of the dune we were provided with a stunning view of Ledge Point and beyond. The kids young and old had a go at sand boarding down the dune. I had seen Dixie do it before with a beer in hand so I thought to myself how hard can it be? After a few attempts I got a feel for it. Your natural instinct is to lean back but you need to do the opposite and lean forward. Before long the board was building up speed and I was making my descent, thankfully without copping a mouthful of sand!
Back in the car we followed the tracks south. In parts the track was tight and we listened to the bushes scrap down the side of the car. An ear piercing sound, like finger nails down a blackboard.
Dotted along the coast are holiday shacks. There is even two railway carriages that once would have been holiday accommodation. It amazes me to think how they would have transported them to this secluded location. A snake skin was at the entrance a reminder of what is hiding in the scrub and sand dunes.
We searched for a secluded beach to cook up our lunch. A majority of the beaches were too soft to drive the vehicle on but eventually we found our own beach to explore.
It was an unusually cool summers day but the sun’s rays still had a bite. We cooked up a feast, walked, splashed in the waves and beach combed.
The tracks are mainly sandy with the occasional patch of lime stone rocks to cross. Low lying scrub is visible at the start of the journey and then we spot a long iconic WA Christmas tree, also known as Nuytsia. The vibrant orange flowers only appear at christmas time stand out among the terrain. From this point the growth is taller and thicker.
If you are looking for a place to 4wd, fish and swim then this is a great day out. There is even a chance you will spot some kangaroos and dolphins while you are exploring.
Information on the Track
- Ledge Point is 120 kilometers from Perth on the Indian Ocean Drive.
- The track starts South of the main beach in Ledge Point.
- Choose the correct tyre pressure (around 16psi)
- Some of the beaches are not very wide so take note of the tide.
- The tracks are mainly sandy with the occasional patch of lime stone rocks.
- Safest to 4wd in a group.
You Tube – Life’s a beach in WA
Check out our You Tube clip of our 4wd trip here.