After deciding to leave Perth and head north, our first stop along the way was a place called Lancelin, where you can sandboard. It’s is only about 90 minutes from Perth, and the town itself, although small, has places you can rent all your equipment (which it turns out is just a board!). We rented them from the Have a Chat general store right in the middle of town; however, most shops in town we passed advertised having rentals similarly priced, so just take your pick. After picking up your board, or boards (I definetly recommend 1 board each), you head about 5 minutes out of town to where the sand dunes are actually located.
Once there, you start the loooong (and hot) climb up the dunes before trying to board down. It takes a few goes to get the balance, but once you get that, it’s pretty easy. You can stand upright on the board, or you can sit down (which I opted to do more often than not because of my knee), but both ways are great and you can get some good speed doing either. You rent by the hour, and we got 2 hours; however, after just over an hour, we were so hot, sweaty, and sandy that we were ready to pack it in. It’s not easy climbing back up those hills! Check out our video below for some of the best bits from the day!
After some lunch and some major dusting off, we were back in the car to head to our first campsite via the Pinnacles National Park. The Pinnacles are naturally formed limestone structures covering about 190 hectares of desert, and they form part of a national park. Most people think they’re formed by termites, when in fact they are not. Each pinnacle is formed on old calcified tree root systems which have caught sand and sediment blown by the wind, and over the years created each unique pillar. That’s a pretty basic explanation of it, but you can read more about it here, or just go and visit!
As its part of a national park, you do need to pay a fee, but it’s not terribly expensive. As WA has a lot of national parks and we were planning on visiting a few of them, we opted to get a 4 week park pass (good across all of WA), knowing that we could extend it later on if need be, but you can purchase just a day pass. The pinnacles have a brand new information centre, which explains all about the formation, the area, and the cultural significance of it to the local aboriginal people, which is worth a look around. There is also a 2km viewing track through the Pinnacles to drive around (you can stop and get out a long the way), although you can also walk from the info centre.
After driving the loop, we’d seen everything there was to see, and we were both ready to set up camp for the night and a dip in the ocean. We stopped at Sandy Cape campground for the night; however, there’s loads of choice in the area. We arrived and set up camp, then jumped in the ocean to wash all the sand off before cooking dinner whilst watching one of many amazing sunsets. It was a great way to start our WA road trip!