Lancelin to Wedge Island

Submitted: Monday, Jul 11, 2011 at 18:24
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I would appreciate some advice to stop a dispute between some mutual friends which nearly ended in a nasty punch up . Since the opening of the Indian Ocean Drive to Geraldton, the access road through the defence area that 99% of us have used is now closed. However, the problem that has arisen, is that no one knows if the beach from Lancelin to Wedge is out of bounds as well. I came across a map of the area on the forum home page of ExplorOz and in fine print below it stated that access from Lancelin to Wedge Island between the high and low water marks is perfectly OK. I have copied and pasted the fine print from ExplorOZ web page which states: "

" Recreational access through Lancelin Defence Training area is not granted. There is no restriction if you choose to traverse the beach below the high and low water mark, except during live fire activities from Lancelin to Wedge Island. "

So from what I read, yes you can go along the beach to Wedge, but not during live firing activities. Any updated news would be most appreciated. We were up there and saw vehicles heading to Wedge - So I see no problems ,unless some one in the defence dept decides the beach is theirs as well . Everything is being closed to 4x4s these days.
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Reply By: Ian & Sue - Monday, Jul 11, 2011 at 20:48

Monday, Jul 11, 2011 at 20:48
You are correct - stay between the high and low tide marks and not during live firing.

Have fun!
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Follow Up By: V64Runner - Monday, Jul 11, 2011 at 23:05

Monday, Jul 11, 2011 at 23:05
Many thanks for clearing that up. I new that I was right, but needed confirmation from others that might have known something I didn't. The weather and beach conditions on Sunday were simply magic . Don't know when last I have seen the ocean as flat as a billiard table, and at low tide - not a single wave - just a ripple on the beach. Now I can legally take a group of people who have never been there, and want to go to Wedge Island. Once again, many thanks for your reply. Now I can show the fueding parties the information that I have received.
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Follow Up By: pj44 - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 10:30

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 10:30
sorry, I misread the first thread.
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Reply By: get outmore - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 09:10

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 09:10
might have been ok on that day but the beach can be pretty treacherous in winter

skinny sloping beaches with drop offs to the dunes meaning no escape

this was north of wedge

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Follow Up By: V64Runner - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 09:53

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 09:53
HI get outmore. Yup, I have seen the beach before Wedge Island and after Wedge to Cervantes Like that. At least we had a convoy of about 12 vehicles and it was in summer . The beaches can change from week to week and I have seen it exactly as in the photo you posted. Had an occasion when we went up there last year with six vehicles - and all six of us got stuck - but the good thing was no one panicked, and eventually we drove ourselves out. At least the lead vehicle if he knows what he/she is doing can compact the sand for the others to follow in the tracks. Years ago we took a convoy of 24 vehicles to Wedge - now that's what you call hard bloody work, but fortunately 80% of the drivers were competent beach drivers. I had one guy in a Prado ask me what the transfer lever was for !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh well you get one in every group. Good thing was all 24 made it there and back. I`ve driven along the beach closer to Lancelin going crab wise for about a 1Km , but knew where the hard parts were. Got home safely. Thanks for the photo. It can be challenging at times , or downright impossible :-)
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Follow Up By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 21:22

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 21:22
Always chk the tides and swell hey!

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Reply By: pj44 - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 19:18

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 19:18
Why has the new access been closed,? is it to do with the gov wanting to shut down wedge. ?
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 19:34

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 19:34
new access hant been closed its the old one through the bombing range

now this used to be the only way to get to wedge if the beach was immpasable as it often is

obviosly they didnt want people accessing the bombing range but had to allow it for the above reason

now there is bitumen alternative to wedge the range track is closed
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