You enter the Off-Road Vehicle areas at your own risk and you must take responsibility for your own well-being. It is suggested that you take out personal insurance against death or injury while undertaking this activity.
Within the Shire of Gingin, there are two areas Gazetted under the Control of Vehicles (Off-road Areas) Act, where, along with road registered vehicles, vehicles not registered for on-road use are permitted. The Ledge Point area caters for two, three or four-wheel motorbikes only, while the Lancelin Off Road Vehicle Area can be used by two, three or four-wheel motorbikes, plus beach buggies or four-wheel drive vehicles.
In order to use either area, the vehicle must be road registered or registered for Off-Road use and restrictions in relation to age limits, safety equipment and noise apply. Vehicles can be registered at any Licensing Centre. For locations visit www.dpi.wa.gov.au/licensing or call 13 11 56. The fee is currently $15.00, with a one off $15.00 fee for number plates the first time the vehicle is registered. Infringement notices are issued for non-compliance with any of the restrictions, or for failure to register the vehicle.
Because of the very nature of the area, it should only be entered by four-wheel drive vehicles. Only the parking area at Lancelin is suitable for two-wheel drive vehicles that could easily become bogged in other tracks in the dunes, causing a dangerous situation for all concerned.
The sand dunes to the east of the Lancelin townsite are subjected to strong winds from the south/west and at times the east, that cause the shape of the actual dune to change. Often, these wind conditions cause drop-offs to occur that cannot be seen when approaching the crest of the dune. Always check the area out before riding.
Fences that have been erected to delineate private property often get covered with the moving sand or are pushed over by irresponsible drivers and create another hazard to be watchful for.
The Lancelin Dunes are a “shared area” and provide recreational areas for off-road driving, sand boarding as well as the access track to Wedge Island and tourist buses visiting the Pinnacles. Often, when the wind patterns make tracks impassable, new tracks are created by the general public that are only suitable for one-way traffic.
Extreme care needs to be taken by all those who use the area to help prevent accidents.
Medical facilities in Lancelin are minimal. The Doctor does not open the Medical Centre on weekends and the Silver Chain staff is only available for emergencies. The St. John Ambulance Service is operated by volunteers and the ambulance stationed in Lancelin is also required to respond to all other medical emergencies, as well as traffic accidents on the Perth/Lancelin Road and Indian Ocean Drive.
Signs have been erected at the entrance to the dune area, as well as in the parking area, defining the Off-Road Vehicle area and alerting the general public to the dangers of riding or driving in the vicinity.
NUMEROUS DEATHS HAVE OCCURRED IN THE LANCELIN SAND DUNES.
ALWAYS BE AWARE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING AROUND YOU AND LOOK OUT FOR THE SAFETY OF OTHERS.
BE A RESPONSIBLE RIDER!