One hour north of Perth on Wanneroo road is one of those places that only locals know. Ask the vast majority of Perth where Wilbinga is and you'll be met with a chorus of 'I don't know'. This means the area is largely untouched, quiet and pristine. Rolling bush covered sand dunes give way to wild, untamed coastline. This is 4WD country.
You can drive into Wilbinga via Two Rocks or any of the many seaward tracks running off Wanneroo road. All tracks are off road and unsealed, meaning a 4wd is a necessity. The large area has tracks suitable for all types of 4WDers from weekend warriors to hard core off roaders.
Getting bogged isn't much of a threat here as the sand is pretty firm, although there are some patches between dunes that can be a little softer. Most of the tracks wind through the dunes, heading deep into wild bushland before exposing you to beautiful sweeping views of the Indian Ocean.
For those with tougher vehicles, the dunes are a temptation that is very hard to resist. Many of the dunes along the coast have tracks heading to the peaks, where 360 degree panoramas of the surrounding area are just unbeatable.
The hill climbs vary in difficulty. Some are straight forward small climbs which can be easily achieved by anyone. The fun starts with the big sea side dunes. Many of these are large, steep and at times very boggy. Many more feature sharp turns half way up, blind corners and heavily rutted tracks.
Wilbinga is also a popular camping destination amongst the 4WD community. There are a few protected clear areas right on the coast where you can set up the swag, dig the fire pit and walk a few metres away to drop a line. The local menu includes Dhufish, Herring and Tailor.
The bushland itself holds a wide variety of wildlife. Birds, snakes and insects are common, as well as kangaroos and a resident emu population. This is the closest to Perth that you have a good chance of seeing our favourite flightless bird, just be careful driving because they like to run out in front of you!
Wilbinga is a great secret that has been kept pretty well hidden considering how close it is to Perth. Still today you can head up there and find your own quiet spot to sit back, relax and stay a while. Just make sure to respect the environment, stick to the tracks and take your rubbish with you!