So what is there to do in Ledge Point?
The short answer is, “not much!” And therein lies Ledge Point’s appeal for me – it is the ultimate in relaxation. When I’m in Ledge Point, my main activities are:
- Walking south along the seemingly endless beach, and wading in the shallows where the small waves break
- Beach combing for pretty shells
- Floating in the sea, if the weather’s warm
- Swimming out to the refuelling pontoon
- Reading and drawing
- Watching the sunset
- Playing cards or a game of backyard cricket
And if someone in the family has towed a boat up with them:
- Hooning around the lagoon
- Snorkeling on the reef
- Fishing on the reef
- Eating lots of delicious freshly caught fish
About Ledge Point, WA:
Ledge Point is a tiny little cray fishing town only an hour’s drive north of Perth. For the last ten or so years it’s been a favourite short getaway for my family – a place we escape to when we want a basic, cheap and relaxing holiday with the minimum of fuss and bother.
You can visit Ledge Point quite easily as a daytrip from Perth, but if you’re going there to relax then it’s better to stay a night or two. Accommodation options are the town caravan park or one of many beach houses that are rented out for short stays.
The town doesn’t have many shops or businesses, but there is a general store, cafe/fish and chip shop and also a country club which has a restaurant, bar, tennis courts and lawn bowls.
The lack of shops and restaurants is not a problem, as the bigger town of Lancelin is less than 20 minutes up the road.
Fun on the Beach at Ledge Point
Ledge Point is all about the beach, and if you’re the sort of person who likes swimming, sun-bathing, beach fishing or 4WD’ing down the beach then you should be able to have a great time in Ledge Point – even if you think it’s a town with nothing to do!
My favourite thing of all about the Ledge Point beach is how long it is – stretching far into the distance as far as the eye can see. In many ways it’s not as stunningly beautiful as some other beaches in Western Australia, but it is one of my favourite beaches of all for walking along.
Boating and Fishing at Ledge Point
Tow a boat up with you to Ledge Point, and you can have a lot of fun fishing, snorkeling and diving. Boats are launched right off the beach, which can potentially be tricky.
Along the edge of the reef, the fishing is really good. My favourite thing is heading out early in the morning and returning with a plentiful supply of whiting for lunch. Come to think of it, the best lunch I’ve ever eaten in all my life was fresh whiting fillets caught at Ledge Point, cooked in my Auntie Twy’s beer batter and served with a salad.
The reef is also good for snorkeling, if a bit wavy. There are lots of fish to see and you can also dive down and try to spot crayfish under the ledges.
Four Wheel Driving at Ledge Point
Ledge Point is a good spot to bring your 4WD, with kilometres of seemingly endless beach to drive along and extensive areas of sand dunes. There are also 4WD tracks running parallel to the beaches north and south, and an off road area. The off-road area is inland behind the town, accessed from Ledge Point Road. It’s just a small network of tracks where you ride around in a circle, but could be fun if you’ve got a motorbike.
4WD Beach Access: Jones Street in town leads down to the southern Ledge Point beach. For the north beach, head a short distance out of town along the 4WD track off Barrett-Lennard Drive, then north to the first track branching left down to the beach.’
It’s probably not the best idea, but we’ve taken a 2WD car down onto the beach at Ledge Point a few times without any problems.
Day Trips From Ledge Point up to Lancelin
When you’re staying in Ledge Point, Lancelin is a hop, skip and a jump away – just 20 minutes up the road. If you have a four-wheel-drive you can drive there along the beach!
We always head up to Lancelin for a day or an afternoon when we’re in Ledge Point for a weekend. It’s very similar to Ledge Point, just bigger and with a few more things to do.
For starters, there’s the mobile dunes which begin right on the edge of town so you don’t even need a 4WD to get to them. Sand boards are available for hire from the petrol station and a few other shops around town.
Lancelin has several beaches. The main one is protected by reefs and an island, so is seaweedy with small waves. Cray boats moor in the bay, and in summer you’ll see a lot of wind surfers.
South around the point there’s a beach with decent waves for surfing.
Getting to Ledge Point from Perth
Ledge Point is about 100 kilometres north of Perth. To get to there, head north through the city taking either Wannaroo Road or the Mitchell Freeway, then pick up Indian Ocean Drive. There is a big sign pointing out the left turn onto Ledge Point Road.
Last Updated: 24th April, 2015.
First posted on 8th January, 2014 by Bonny.
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