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Travel Australia…Lancelin the home of pure white sand…and Ostriches.

Lancelin-WA-Australia

Well to say that was an experience is an understatement…Lancelin is 22 miles of beautiful white sand and a  4 x 4  coming down the dunes which have an angle of a massive 45-degrees  and which are the biggest in Western Australia was a heart-stopping experience for this lady.

We reached the top and when I looked down…I couldn’t help but utter an expletive…haha… well, I am no spring chicken but my grandson thought I might like it! Bless him…

Well, the adventure didn’t stop there we set out to do some sightseeing …

Lancelin-WA-Pure white-sand

We drove for a few miles along a sand ledge and we were following behind the lead truck then suddenly the leading truck just run out of trail it just ended and the truck ended up at a 45-degree angle the kids literally jumped out of the windows and sat atop a dune just screaming they were so scared.

The driver an inexperienced sand dune driver was just as white as the sand luckily we had an experienced sand dune driver on board our truck  and how he did what he did I do not know to this day he got that truck upright and on terra firma it took a while and much shunting but thank goodness he was there.

The motto never travel alone or without an experienced dune driver.

It was an experience and a very beautiful place to sand board and do some amazing adrenaline rushing 4 x 4 driving and of course when( not if) most get stuck there is always a friendly face to help tow you out. On this occasion we were that friendly face..my advice don’t go on your own…Always go in a group.

The dunes may look awesome and beautiful but they can also be very dangerous to the inexperienced… I cannot stress this enough…

We were also very lucky to see our first wild Ostrich among the sand dunes of Lancelin.

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Now I must tell you about the Guinness book of records attempt…by the residents of Lancelin.

World Record attempt, Lancelin Off -Road Muster, WA

15 Oct 2016

Lancelin welcomed hundreds of off-road vehicles to town on, Saturday, October 15th, 2016 for the inaugural Lancelin Off-Road Muster sponsored by Perth Diesel Performance and Line-X.

The main purpose of the event is to smash the Guinness World Record for Largest convoy of off-road vehicles which stands at 154, set in Doha, Qatar in 2014.

Well….. They Dune It!

The previous world record holders started with 411 vehicles and 154 finished.

Lancelin Off Roaders started with 448 and ALL 448 FINISHED.

Now I am going to brag.

I am claiming Nan’s bragging rights ( still) as my Grandson and his dad were 2 of the 448.

It was not as easy as it looked as all the drivers had to drive correctly so as not to leave the sand too soft for the truck behind as then they would get stuck…There is no other way to put it! … Precision is everything and any errors could cost dearly… the difference between winning or losing.

They also had to be exactly 2 metres from the vehicle in front when they passed the green flag…Not an easy feat at all.

A big well-done guys that must have taken some coordination and planning.

Thank you to Mel for the lovely photos and a big “Well Done” to everyone…

It is now in the Guinness Book of Records.

Guiness- Book- record- Lancelin-WA

It was a great day out and the small town of Lancelin can PROUDLY say they hold a Guinness World Record for off-road vehicles which is what the town is renowned for – off-roading!

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Don’t forget if you go exploring at Lancelin take care and take supplies…

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Travel Australia…Penguin Island…Shoal Water Bay, Perth…

Penguin Island Shoal Bay Perth

Since retiring and settling in Thailand we are closer to my daughter in Perth, WA and of course other Asian countries  l will be sharing with you our travels around Asia alongside any hints and tips which we have picked up on our travels if you have any questions then I will try my best to answer them from my travel experiences.

My first post of call is the beautiful  Penguin Island it sits on Shoal Bay just 45 minutes from southern Perth and it is only a short 5-minute ferry ride out to Penguin Island.

It is home to approx 1000 pairs of the worlds smallest penguins in the world.

Aptly and most originally called Little Penguin.

The island and the marine park has over 50 species of birds and other wildlife which includes wild dolphins, Sea Lions, Stingrays and a resident Pelican colony.

Seagulls penguin island

Closed over the winter period to allow the Little penguins to nest it is open the rest of the year where the penguins spend most of the day feeding in the waters of the marine park. They are habitually very shy birds so if you catch a glimpse you are very lucky.

There are however a small colony of rescued Penguins kept in a dedicated enclosure on the island.

Known as ” The Discovery Centre” it was built in 1987 by the Department of Environment and Conservation.

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As well as being a sanctuary to care for injured wild penguins it is also home to about 10 resident penguins that have been badly injured, orphaned chicks or born in captivity and it is very unlikely that they would survive in the wild.

Designed to reflect the penguins natural sandy coastal scrub environment it includes a saltwater pond with viewing panels to watch the little penguins swim.

Penguin feedings are held three times daily hosted by one of the Wildlife rangers who are very knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions.

This is not a ZOO and everything is geared towards the animals here living in peace and in a natural environment so they can breed and feed quite happily.

NO food or drink can be purchased on the island… A picnic area is provided but has NO bins. Visitors are expected to take their rubbish away with them.

Designed as a preventive measure to stop being a food source for destructive animals such as the Black Rat.

The island can also be accessed by private boat, kayaking, swimming or walking across the Tidal Sandbar which is exposed at low tide. Although it is only 700 metres across from Perth the weather can change very quickly and there have been incidents of drownings, so if you walk please be aware of the weather conditions.

View showing tidal sand bar

If you do visit this lovely wildlife island and marine park please be respectful and careful where you tread and ENJOY!

It is a beautiful island. please respect that. The one thing I love about Australia is that they take every possible step to protect wildlife in their natural habitat… we are allowed to view that which is a privilege so please respect that and do not behave like an idiot.

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