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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 !
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
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
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.