With a secret love of writing, I'm somewhat undiscovered. A graphic designer from QLD, we are gradually working our way around Oz. Creating new friends and showing our young family (dog in tow) what an amazing place we live in, the ol fashioned way.
Published January 29th 2013
A coastal escape on your doorstep
Australia Day Long Weekend, we packed up the kids, the dog, the gazebo and the Weber and decided to head to Lancelin for the day.
We had opted to spend the night, but being we'd left our run too late, there was only an expensive Chalet left at Ledge Point so we figured we'd do a day trip instead. After driving 180kms from Armadale (96kms North of Perth) we were met with not a cloud in the sky, but extremely high winds, which made being on the beach unbearable.
View from top of hill overlooking Silver Creek with Moore River in the background.
We decided to head back South approx 30kms to Guilderton, as we'd heard Moore River was a beautiful spot and thought we'd driven almost 2 hours with two young kids, so it was worth a look. We weren't disappointed.
The main tourist spot is near the boat ramp at Edwards St Picnic Area and I'm sure half of Perth was there, so we kept driving until we came to Silver Creek, Stephens Cr about 5min drive away. There were only a handful of people there and being in the gully was quite protected from the winds. The water had broken the banks and was converging on the grass which made for warm, safe puddles for the kids to play in right at our feet.
There is a swimming area which appears to be a reclaimed boat ramp which allows for easy access into the water and the creek was clean and running and made for a refreshing dip.
Several families had brought Kayaks and blow up floaties and were making the most of the ideal conditions. Next time we'll take our tinny and do some fishing up the creek, and see what other spots we can discover from the water.
The ice cream man even made a show much to the kids' and my delight. So with a roast in our Weber cooking on the back of the ute, a few icy beers (1 only for me - designated) and the dog passed out from too much swimming and ball chasing, we were pretty much in our element. Dogs are allowed, and there were several, but discretion is needed as there are a lot of children around. Our dog is friendly, but we were further away from everyone and had her tied up when she wasn't driving us nuts with a ball.
Everyone was extremely friendly and we were able to back the cars up to the waters edge and set up our Gazebo wherever we wanted. We were impressed to find the toilets were clean, had toilet paper and were flushing. (Sure beats the long drop).
There is a convenience store and restaurant in town near the caravan park, and plenty of Holiday Homes for lease if you ask around. A mudmap as you enter town and a petrol station means you pretty much have all you need within a 5km radius. For anyone wanting to stay overnight I've heard the Golf Club does excellent meals and there are several free bbqs around if you'd rather make your own.
Other things to do in town are bushwalks, photography, watersports, fishing, boating, sandboarding, swimming in the ocean or paddling up the river.
Unfortunately at the spot we found, there is a sign saying no camping, which is a shame as it would be ideal, but for a day trip away, it was well worth the drive.
We headed home about 4ish, everyone exhausted with full tummies, waterlogged skin and two small kids finally asleep with a day of fun and laughter written all over their faces, ah this is the life.