Moore River and the Turquoise Coast
What an amazing opportunity to experience a slice of life on one of our most beautiful stretches of coast!
Beach driving, Kayaking, stunning views and walks, wildlife, beach barbeque and overnight stay in a small coastal community, exploration of attractions, WA’s windsurfing capital, sand dunes and a visit to a small, hidden beachside community which uses astounding innovation and humour as part of its way of life among the dunes – I’ve never met a visitor to this place who has not left astounded by the unique approach to life adopted by this community!
We leave Perth, travelling through pine plantations then coastal paddocks and scrub for the northernmost part of our journey – watch out for the emus which frequent this area and are often seen going about their business as we pass.
We leave the main road for an unmarked track into the tiny community which has survived numerous attempts by authorities to close it down and demolish it . We will explore the site (mindful that the homes there are private residences) and its eccentric but practical solutions to everyday problems before taking the slow road to Lancelin, a crayfishing town whose reefs and beaches make it a popular surfing venue, and where the wind enables is consistent and strong enough for it to host the annual World Windsurfing championships!
After lunch we continue south to our destination for the night: the quiet coastal town of Moore River – also known as Guilderton after some Dutch guilders were found there – After settling in to the accomodation, we meet up to visit the lookout and admire the stunning views over ocean, beach, river and town. A river- or beach-side walk will set us up for the perfect evening watching the sunset as we eat fish and chips or a barbeque and sip a glass of complimentary champagne.
After breakfast at the local cafe the next morning, we take to the water to explore the beautiful Moore River – paddling gently upstream we pass stunning dunes, groves of pepper trees, small sandy bays, tall timbers, cliffs and farmland. There are numerous paces to rest or stretch the legs with a leisurely stroll along the trails by the bank or, perhaps, climb the dunes for an awe-inspiring view of the river, farmland, ocean land-and sandscape around.
When ready we drift back to the townsite for a lunch before heading on our way once more.