A small coastal village 105 km north of Perth, that was
established to service the local fishing and crayfishing industries.
Many of the early fishermen's shacks still remain, though the newer
section of the town has streets lined with modern 3 and 4-bedroom brick
The area is a popular windsurfing venue, and in January each year
the prestigious Ledge Point to Lancelin Windsurfing Classic draws
competitors from around the world.
The area is also known for the wreck of a "jack-up" oil drilling
rig, Key Biscayne, which toppled over in storms in 1983 around 10
nautical miles (19 km) offshore whilst under transport.
A small fishing and holiday settlement 10 km north of Ledge point.
The sandhills behind the township are popular among dune buggy
enthusiasts. Lancelin and the nearby coastal townships of Seabird,
Ledge Point and Guilderton are lobster fishing settlements, but are
increasingly catering for weekenders and holiday makers. Kitesurfing
and windsurfing are popular in the ocean off Lancelin, as are
sandboarding and 4-wheel driving on the beaches and in the dunes behind
Guilderton (38 km south) is a small coastal fishing village at the
mouth of Moore River. Its name is a reference to some forty
17th-century silver guilder coins that were found in the sand in the
vicinity in the 1931. They came from the Vergulde Draeck (Gilt Dragon),
a Dutch trading ship wrecked off the coast in 1656. The coins were
thought to be from the wreck of the Dutch ship, the Vergulde Draeck
(Gilt Dragon) that had was later found to have foundered on a reef
north of the river-mouth near Ledge Point in 1656.