Wilbinga 4WD

The Road to Wilbinga

Wilbinga is one of those hidden gems that not many people seem to have heard about. It is a place that is filled with sandy tracks that lead up to sand dunes that fringe the coastline - a perfect place for 4WD driving! The area is a Quindalup dune area and is part of the Gnangara Park. It lies to the North of Perth just after the town of Two Rocks, just after Yanchep National Park, which is roughly an hours drive away from Perth's CBD. The entrance to the sand tracks lies along Damepattie Drive at the point where the road meets Sovereign Drive.

Getting There

The first thing that needed to be done once we arrived at the clearing was to lower the tyre pressures (14-20 PSI seems to be the recommended amount) of the Land Cruiser and the Hilux, which means that you will need to bring along a tyre pump and a pressure gauge. This needs to be done to give you better 'floatation' by increasing the area of the tyre that makes contact with the sand which leads to an increase in traction. The tyres also don't end up digging into the track as much, which means that you leave less of an impact. The decrease in tyre pressure does leave the tyres a little vulnerable to damage however, but the massive increase in traction that it gives tends to more than make up for it.

Letting Air Out of the Tyres

The drive along the sand trails to the first few clearings takes about 20 minutes and covers a distance of about 5km. Along the way there is also a chance that you will encounter dirt bikes revving up the hills and dunes past 'Black Boys' or 'Grass Trees' (Xanthorrhoea australis) that are scattered around the bushland. The track often runs parallel to a fence, so it would be best to keep on the Westward side of the fence as landowners don't always appreciate the traffic that passes through their land.

Wilbinga Track

Next : Wilbinga 4WD (Part 2)

Setting Up Camp

The fleeting glimpses of the deep turquoise blue of the ocean became more and more frequent every time we rounded the peak of a hill or dune, indicating that we were getting closer and closer to the coastline. It did turn out to be a little tricky at times to catch those glimpses as we were jostled around the vehicle, but before we knew it we came across a few clearings that had paths that lead down to the beach. We decided to stop and set up camp on a hill overlooking the vast Indian Ocean. No one was happier than Stewie the Cocker Spaniel (Canis lupus familiaris), who bounded out as soon as the door opened.

As was expected, the area was very barren with no trees in sight - not the best environment for a hammock enthusiast to find oneself in, but the versatility of the Hennessy Hammock allowed us to park the vehicles in such a way that the suspension lines of the hammock could still be tied in to the bull bars at the front of the vehicles. The height of the bull bars meant that the hammock ended up much lower than usual so getting in proved to be a little awkward. The sand below the hammock never proved to be an issue however as a depression was able to be dug out that was deep enough so that the sand never made contact with the underside of the hammock.

Set up for the night

With the winds gusting, the set up of the tents on the other hand proved to be a far more tricky (group) endeavour. The tents and tarps kept on catching the strong wind and a lot of effort and bracing was called upon to prevent everything from flying away. Sand pegs came in very handy (practically mandatory in situations such as this!) and did well in keeping the tents secured to the ground.

Wilbinga Tents

Next : Wilbinga 4WD (Part 3)

Despite the good weather and incredible scenery, we woefully were forced to prematurely pack up and clear up for the journey home as the (already) strong wind kept on picking up. Wilbinga, we will return some day soon!

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