Wedge Island Beach Run

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesCervantes
DifficultyDifficulty 3/5
Suitable For4WD 
Distance98.4 km
Minimum Days1
Average Speed46.75 km/hr
Travel Time2 hrs 6 mins
Page Updated: 21 Dec 2010


Prior to the new Indian Ocean Drive, the quickest route between Lancelin and Cervantes was via a 4WD track through the sand dunes, known by locals as the Wedge Island beach run. Whilst this offroad track passed through the Lancelin Defence Training Area, and was at times subject to closure during long-range firing tests, the Department of Defence had previously permitted transit on the basis that it was the fastest, most direct route for people wishing to access Wedge and Cervantes. Now that the Indian Ocean Drive has been built, this requirement no longer exists and the DOD have issued advice that recreational access to Lancelin Defence Training Area is no longer permited.

This means that the route shown in the map and in the driving directions of this trek note is NOT PERMITTED. This news is accurate as at 15th November however we have not been able to obtain the GPS plot file of the acceptable route for those that choose to traverse the beach below the high water mark, and thus avoid driving through the Defence Area.

In the coming months, the Training Area boundary will be reinforced to prevent unauthorised access. Additional signage directing people to the Indian Ocean Drive for North South transit will also be erected.

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This closure has resulted due to the opening of the Indian Ocean Drive, which now provides a sealed, high speed alternative route between Lancelin and Cervantes.

TrekID: 5


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Recreational access through Lancelin Defence Training area is not granted. There is no restriction if you choose to traverse the beach below the high water mark except during live fire activities.

Fuel Usage

4cyl 14 litres4cyl 16 litres4cyl 20 litres
6cyl 15 litres6cyl 18 litres6cyl 17 litres
8cyl 15 litres8cyl 16 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

Low tide only

Closest Climatic Station

Distance from Trek Mid Point 31.08km SE
Mean Max. °C29.129.928.525.522.720.219.219.320.522.524.827.3
Mean Min. °C17.618.116.714.512.510.89.99.910.511.914.116.2
Mean Rain mm8.812.314.330.683.5121.0121.190.856.028.921.38.4
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended


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Driving: 5.48 km
Heading: -1°
Avg Speed: 66.37 km/hr
EST Time: 04:57
ERROR to Nambung National Park
Driving: 14.94 km
Heading: -1°
Avg Speed: 75.52 km/hr
EST Time: 11:52
Nambung National Park to Grey
Driving: 17.56 km
Heading: 197°
Avg Speed: 35.55 km/hr
EST Time: 29:38
Grey to Wedge Island
Driving: 20.75 km
Heading: 163°
Avg Speed: 26.79 km/hr
EST Time: 46:28
Wedge Island to Beacon Rd & Dide Bay Access
Driving: 25.24 km
Heading: 137°
Avg Speed: 35.14 km/hr
EST Time: 43:05
Beacon Rd & Dide Bay Access to Nilgen Nature Reserve
Driving: 4.42 km
Heading: 161°
Avg Speed: 47.33 km/hr
EST Time: 05:36
Nilgen Nature Reserve to Lancelin
Driving: 10.01 km
Heading: 170°
Avg Speed: 40.56 km/hr
EST Time: 14:48
Distance is based on the travel mode shown (Driving, Straight, Cycling, Walking etc), Direction is straight line from start to end, Avg Speed & EST Time is calculated from GPS data.

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