A Short Escape to Guilderton, Western Australia

Guilderton in Western Australia is on the mouth of the Moore River

One of our goals this year is to explore some of the small towns around Perth. So, to kick things off, we headed about 100 kms north to Guilderton. Here in Western Australia, we’re blessed with a beautiful coastline comprising thousands of kilometres of pristine pearly sand. So this coastal town seemed the perfect spot to enjoy the last warm days of the season.

Guilderton, Western Australia, beach library

What’s in a name?

Guilderton is named after the guilders from a 17th century Dutch sailing ship that was wrecked in the local waters. It’s one of the few coastal towns that can boast both river and ocean views. For us, and many others from Perth, it’s the perfect location for a weekend getaway. As you can imagine it gets pretty popular in warmer months. The town’s population of just 150 can swell to about 4,000 people during peak holiday times and long weekends. 

Sunset at Guilderton, Beach, Western Australia, is where you can catch some stunning sunsets.

Where to stay?

Many overnight visitors, like us, stay in the Guilderton Holiday Park on the banks of the river with views of the ocean. Yes, you really can hear waves crashing on the beach in the distance as you go to sleep! Equally, it was a treat to be woken by the sound of birdsong rather than traffic noises! Other accommodation options include private rentals. Check out the link immediately below to Guilderton-Moore River’s website with accommodation options or the links at the foot of the blog post for accommodation options further afield.

Where to stay in Guilderton

Guilderton Caravn Park borders the mouth of Moore River

The caravan park seemed close to full over the weekend period, with mainly family groups, but many visitors left on Sunday morning. By Monday, there was only a handful of campers left. 

The park also has glamping sites and cabins, but I noticed that visitors staying at the cabins have to supply their own bed linen and towels. It’s also pet free, so not an option for those travelling with their fur babies. The café and general store just outside the park entrance proved handy for extra provisions or a morning cappucino. 

Pelican Sculpture at Guilderton Foreshore, Western Australia

We travelled in April and had beautiful sunny warm days, but the temperature dipped dramatically at night so we were grateful for our snuggly warm duvet. A word of warning, though, this area can get pretty windy. 

Outside the caravan park is a public parking area for day visitors but, somewhat unusually for a country town, parking fees apply … $2/hour at the time of writing. But this is a great spot for kayakers, canoers or paddle boarders with equipment available for hire during the summer months, unless the sandbar is open. There are also barbecue areas and boat ramps here but it is a dog free zone.  

Sculpture at Guilderton Foreshore.

The Sandbar

The Moore River Sandbar is a natural phenomenon that seals the entrance to the river for most of the year, providing a safe area for the various water sports on offer. Swimming is possible, but during the warmer months due to the possibility of elevated bacterial levels in the water there is a risk of illness. It’s also not safe to go in the water when the sandbar is breached (about eight times a year) as the ocean rushes in making the waters flow quickly.

Guilderton Sand Bar

During our stay, we visited the nearby towns of Seabird, Lancelin and Ledge Point. 

Seabird

Lookout at Seabird in memory of a local artist Timothy Brennan

Originally, Seabird was just a series of squatter shacks for lobster fishermen. Now it’s home to approximately a hundred residents and thousands more holidaymakers who visit throughout the year. It’s a great place to chill and enjoy the amazing beach or do a spot of fishing. The lookout pictured above was built in memory of a local artist, Timothy Brennan.

Lancelin

Dune buggy hire at Lancelin sand dunes

Further up the coast, Lancelin also has a beautiful long beach of pristine pearly sand. It’s a popular spot for surfers, sailboarders and anglers but its sand dunes also attract adventure seekers seeking an adrenaline rush on a quad bike. 

Dune buggys at Lancelin

Ledge Point

Ledge Point, Western Australia

Like many of the coastal towns in the area, Ledge Point supported the fishing and cray fishing industries. It started with 3 squatters shacks back in the 50s. But now many of the shacks have been replaced by newer, more modern properties, giving the coastal town a sophisticated edge. To us, however, it lacked the character of the other towns we visited along this stretch of coastline.

Links

Local attractions in the Shire of Gingin
The Gravity Discovery Centre
The Moore River Region
List of Caravan Parks in the Area

Sign at Seabird

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