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Wedge Island

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by Tom (subscribe)
Getting lost is the easiest way to have fun!
Published December 3rd 2012
An Idyllic beachside shack community stuck in the 60s
Wedge Island, located 20 minutes north of Lancelin, is one of those places that time has forgotten. If you've ever wondered what life was like in the sixties - when everything was in sepia tone - Wedge is the ideal showcase.

Sunset, Wedge, Island, Indian, Ocean, Lancelin
Sunset over Wedge Island

The Wedge Island community is the largest shack settlement left in Australia and it is easy to see why the locals are fighting so hard to protect it. Unlike our cities where no one knows their neighbours you can walk right up to any of the locals and be best mates within five minutes.

Many of them will let you stay in their shacks if you ask otherwise if you plan on staying the night the dunes just north of the settlement are ideal for camping. Camping is technically illegal here but as long as you are respectful and take your rubbish with you no one really minds.
Wedge, Island, Shack, nurse, post
The Wedge island hospital

The whole length of the beach is hard enough for 2wd cars however if you really want to make the most of your trip you need a good 4x4.

The large sand dunes to the north of Wedge Island are an absolute paradise for anyone wanting to test their machines. The beautiful views up the top are only beaten by the adrenaline of getting your car up there. The dunes are also great for sandboarding and sledding, just make sure you're in a place with good visibility.
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A pitcuresque beach all to yourself

To the south of the island at Wedge is one of the most picturesque beaches you are likely to see. Golden sand gives way to pristine, unpolluted water and the best part is you wont have to fight for space with thousands of other people.

Fishing and surfing are also very popular, and are some of the main reasons why people choose to live there. Dhufish, rays and all the regulars can be caught from the beach while the consistent breaks off the island are one of the best kept secrets of WA.

Wedge Isl. Beach at Easter

As for facilities at Wedge... well you will have to bring all your own food and drink. There is an ice and bait shack as well as one of the oldest vending machines I have ever seen. If you happen to injure yourself there is even a free nursing outpost, just don't mention you support the Dockers or the nurse may cut your leg off.

The only rules if you plan on going to Wedge are to be respectful. drive slowly, pick up your rubbish and make sure you say g'day to everyone you pass. This attitude is one that is becoming increasingly rare in Australia, and is one the locals fight fiercely to protect.

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Why? Escape the city life
When: Autumn to Spring
Where: 20 minutes North of Lancelin, WA
Cost: Free
Your Comment
are you really left to camp there if you are respectful? i just wana go there for one night next fortnight with a swag and esky and little portable stove. rubbish and all will leave with me and it will be as if no one was ever there.
by mayat (score: 0|4) 3776 days ago
Hey if you dont have a shack dont go camping the ranger will get you and dont take your motor bike the ranger will get you for that too,half the ppl at wedge think its a private country club and dont want you there ! and dont tell me im full of it i have been going there for 40 years !
by stavr (score: 0|4) 3725 days ago
My friends and I want to go for a night before Easter. We don't have a shack p, we just want to camp will we get find?
by alexp (score: 0|4) 3653 days ago
Love wedge we h e friends who have a shack up there so we go up nearly every weekend such a good place to relax Australia day weekend is the best time to go a they do the annual cricket test match between everyone that is there, and they do a dawn service on Anzac day, and watching the sunsets from the sand dunes is just amazing
by emmal (score: 0|2) 3986 days ago
This is a magic place when u leave here i dont know .. i love it here ,
by gibbo (score: 0|2) 3671 days ago
We are a shack owner and weclome anyone to come to Wedge as long as you remember that Wedge is what it is because the people there respect its beauty and free spirit by keeping it as nature provides clean & prestine. That is all we ask of visitors. So come and enjoy not destroy
by wedge (score: 0|2) 1969 days ago
Can you take your dog with you
by Jeanh (score: 1|32) 959 days ago
Are dogs allowed to go there with you?
by Jeanh (score: 1|32) 902 days ago
Can't find a date on this article at 21 Feb 2021 but understand from the comments (3222 days ago is the oldest) that it was written years ago. Would be cautious about rules/treatment re free camping and possible changes.
by An (score: 2|101) 763 days ago
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