Lancelin is a large (200Ha+) sand dune area that is open to motorcycles and quads of all engine capacities as well as 4WDs and buggies.
You don’t need a road-registered bike, or a drivers’ licence to ride at Lancelin, but if your vehicle is not road registered you must have Off Road Vehicle registration (available from DPI). You must wear a helmet, and full protective gear is highly recommended.
The area is under the control of the Shire of Gingin and consists of sand, sand and more sand.
Many deaths and serious injuries have occurred at Lancelin so it is very important that visitors to the area fully understand the risks and take appropriate precautions.
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|Location:||Lancelin – Entrance off Bootoo St|
|Opening Hours:||Every day of the year|
|Terrain:||Sand and sand dunes, including razorbacks with moderate upslopes and sheer drops beyond peak, many of which have limestone caprock on the landing area below. Beware! These things can kill.|
|Condition:||Strong winds are constantly re-shaping the dunes, making it important to always check out the area slowly first.|
The entry track to the car park can be difficult for 2WD vehicles due to the windblown sand. Shire of Gingin cleans this up occasionally – but not frequently enough.
|Permitted Vehicles:||Motorcycles and quad bikes of all engine capacities, 4WDs and buggies.|
The area boundaries are marked with orange bouys. Tracks leading from the area (eg to Wedge Island) are restricted to full road registered vehicles only.
|Land Manager:||Shire of Gingin|
|Facilities:||None, but many local Lancelin businesses rely on the custom from visitors to the Off Road Vehicle Area.|
There are many hazards to watch for at Lancelin, but by far the most serious are the razorback dunes. These may have a gentle upslope, but can have a sheer drop on the other side of the crest, often with limestone caprock below. Even at low speed these can cause serious injury. Experienced Lancelin riders work on the basis that if you can’t see the ground in front of you, assume it’s not there.
Riders are urged to take extreme care and to check out both sides of a dune before riding over a crest.
Other hazards include other bikes, quads, 4WDs and beach buggies (particularly where they may be approaching from the other side of a blind crest), and the area is also popular for sand-boarding – so watch out for pedestrians.
Rangers take a no-tolerance attitude towards the wearing of helmets, and have been known to turn away vehicles if they don’t have road or ORV registration.
Current status –
Lancelin is an extremely popular location, but there have been too many injuries and fatalities.
Gingin Shire needs to take a more proactive approach to alerting visitors to the area about the inherent hazards, and riders need to take more care – especially those who are new to the area – and show more respect for the local residents.