About the Area

The Gingin region is situated within easy driving distance from Perth and is home to rolling farmlands, idyllic coastline and fresh seasonal produce.

Local produce famous to the area includes olives, beef, citrus fruits, lobster, honey and locally produced wine.

GINGIN

Gingin was proclaimed a town in 1883 and is located an hour from Perth. It is a picturesque township with many sites of historical interest including:

  • St Luke's Anglican Church – Built in 1860, its cemetery still has headstones dating back to 1858.
  • Gingin Post Office – Opened in 1886 and still operating as a post office.
  • The Granville building – Situated in Granville Park, this original stone building dates back to It has been restored and and now perating as a cafe (CU@Park).
  • Philbey's Cottage – Constructed in 1930, standing proudly in the main street of Gingin, this iconic building was recently restored by the owners Tom and Angela Cabassi.
  • The Cheriton Arch – A replica of the original stone archway from the first substantial European residence in the district, built by WL Brockman in 1846. Located in Granville Park.
  • The Jim Gordon VC Trail – A walk trail through from the town centre along the Gingin Brook.
  • The Pioneer Pavilion – Situated on Weld Street, this houses historical information about Gingin.

Gingin is also home to the Gravity Discovery Centre which works to integrate art, science and technology while providing a cross-cultural understanding of cosmology, with theories that range from the Aboriginal Dreamtime to the Big Bang.

 

GUILDERTON

Guilderton is the place where Moore River meets the Indian Ocean, creating a picturesque coastal setting. It’s a great place to fish for bream, tailor and herring and to experience the area’s flora and fauna.

Guilderton was named after a Dutch wreck, the Vergulde Draeck (Gilt Dragon), which was wrecked off the coast in 1656. The ship was reputed to have been carrying a large number of Dutch guilders. The name ‘Guilderton’ did not come into general usage for the town until the 1960s. The town is also known as Moore River.

It boasts a beautiful coastline, pristine river, and a traditional lighthouse and is a great place to experience fantastic sunsets.

Location: Guilderton is located 94 kilometres north of Perth and Gingin is located 84 kilometres north east of Perth. The distance between the two towns is 46 kilometres.

Maps of the Area

www.gingin.wa.gov.au/index.php/maps

SEABIRD

A short 10 minute drive north of Guilderton, lies Seabird, a laidback crayfishing hamlet. Seabird is named after the schooner "Seabird", which was wrecked just south of the hamlet in 1874. Remains of the "Seabird" can sometimes be seen in the sands.

This small community is perched high on the coastal dunes, above the crayboats moored safely inside the reefs, and the sparkling blue of the Indian Ocean. Here you can slow down and escape the hum drum of everyday life.

  • Relax and rub shoulders with the local crayfishing crews, returned from the day's catch.
  • Linger and take in the best of coastal views.
  • Dip your feet in the Indian Ocean, or into the white beach sands and marvel at the crimson sunsets.
  • Stride out along the 8km of beach and coastal trails that link Seabird and Guilderton. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of local flora and fauna - kangaroos, emus, sea eagles and carnaby black cockatoos.

A myriad of experiences are a short drive away - Ledge Point and Lancelin to the North   and Guilderton/Moore River to the South.  Gingin West/Neergabby, Gingin Brook and Gingin town are all within easy driving distance to the south east.

LEDGE POINT

Ledge Point is a charming fishing village located 10 minutes drive south of Lancelin.  Ledge offers beautiful sugary-white beaches stretching for as far as the eye can see.  The village was established to service the local cray fishing industry and has evolved into a beautiful beach-side getaway.  Ledge offers an interesting mix of traditional and modern beach house, chalet, caravaning and camping accommodation.  

This part of WA’s coast is recognised internationally as one of the great windsurfing venues. In January each year they hold the prestigious Ledge Point to Lancelin Ocean Classic, which draws enthusiasts from around the world.

Sport and entertainment in the village centres on the Country Club, with its golf course, bowling greens and tennis facilities.

Just south of the village is where the Dutch East Indies ship, the Vergulde Draeck, or Gilt Dragon, went down after striking reefs in 1646.  Some 70 mariners were marooned ashore, never to be rescued. 

  • Soak up the relaxed, friendly atmosphere and modern caravan, chalet and camping facilities
  • Join friends for a game of golf, tennis or lawn bowls before relaxing over drinks, lunch or dinner at the Ledge Point Country Club. 
  • Discover your own bit of the beautiful sugary-white sandy beach. 
  • Dip the feet, take a swim in waters sheltered by the reefs or walk and enjoy life’s simple pleasures.  
  • Take in all the action, spills and thrills of the annual windsurfing Lancelin Ocean Classic each January.   
  • Relax at a beach house of your choice.  
  • Hang out the rods for some serious beach fishing.

A myriad of experiences, for the both the young and not-so-young,  is on offer in Lancelin - just a short drive to the north.

LANCELIN

By road, LANCELIN is a further ten minutes drive north of Ledge Point and is fast becoming known as one of the World’s best sail-boarding and kite surfing venues.

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For many years, Lancelin was a sleepy fishing village with many attractions that only a lucky few were able to enjoy. In the early years, a rugged, rutted road was the only access in or out, and only very enthusiastic fishermen would journey to the secluded little settlement.

Today, all roads of Australia start in Lancelin, the home of Water sports. The “Desert” of pure white sand hills inland from the town is unique, and provides a vast playground for all to enjoy, particularly those with off-road vehicles. Lancelin Island provides a spectacular view as the sun drops out of sight over the Indian Ocean. The place to be then, is on the Jetty, with many recreational fishermen and their families.

Boat Sunset

 

The Lancelin bay is protected by a reef which provides an excellent spot for surfers, snorkelers and divers, who have shared the environment with the dolphins and seals for many years. Lancelin is also the hub of the rock lobster industry and is one of Western Australia’s major export earners; in the area alone, $6.5 million worth of lobsters are harvested from the ocean each season and a natural harbour created by reefs shelter the 105 resident crayboats at their moorings.

Lancelin has practically everything a visitor could desire. There is sailboard and kite surfing schools which teach the art to all ages and ability levels, with instructors who are highly skilled practitioners of the sport, and who are fully qualified. Sailboard and kite boards are also available for hire to experienced sportspeople who do not require any instruction. Surfing schools are also run from the Back Beach at Lancelin for those wishing to learn how to “hang ten”!

For those who would prefer to remain on land, the town has an attractive 18-hole golf course set around rolling coastal terrain, with great ocean views. The Bowling Club, which offers two greens, also overlooks the ocean. For the more energetic, there are lit tennis courts available for hire adjacent to the school.

Good restaurants, take-away food, shopping facilities, a tavern and bottle shops ensure that your stay in Lancelin will be a memorable one.

Accommodation facilities of a high standard are available, including self-contained apartment, chalets, flats, hotel/motel, caravan and camping facilities. Houses are also available on long and short-term rentals. Bed and breakfast establishments and a Backpackers Hostel, are becoming more popular every year and cater especially for overnighters who take part in annual events such as the Lancelin Open Golf Classic in August and the Ledge to Lancelin Ocean Classic mid January.Windsurfer


After an overnight, or weekend stay in Lancelin, you can head inland along KW Road and Orange Springs Road. During the wildflower season in September and October, brilliant stands of Banksias and Kangaroo Paws can be seen along the road verges heading towards Gingin. If you’ve got a keen eye, wildlife such as kangaroos and emu’s can be seen camouflaged in the surrounding bush.