Wedge Island WA is a unique and picturesque destination, a few hours’ drive from Perth. This beautiful slice of paradise offers a variety of activities for both beach lovers and adventure seekers.
One of the unique aspects of Wedge is its quirky community of beach shacks. Nestled among the dunes, these charming beach abodes have a sense of nostalgia and a laid-back atmosphere. The community of shack dwellers contributes to the holiday vibe of the area.
Things to do in Wedge
With its pristine white sand stretching for miles along the Indian Ocean, Wedge has some of the most beautiful beaches in Western Australia. Whether you want to relax and soak up the sun or try sandboarding, there’s no shortage of beach activities.
Wedge Island Point Beach is the most accessible from Indian Ocean Drive. Stop on the way to Cervantes or as part of a Perth to Jurien Bay road trip. Most of the road is sealed, but the final section is beach sand.
This beach is popular with surfers and kite surfers, but it is not the best swimming beach as it is not patrolled.
We’ve seen people fishing off the beach and from boats off the coast; there were even some using what looked like drag nets.
For those seeking adventure, Wedge is the perfect place to explore with a four-wheel drive. Parts of the beach are easy to drive on as the sand is hard and compact (Point Beach). However, some parts, including the dunes, are challenging to navigate as the sand is very soft.
If you’re experienced at beach driving, you can take the beach run along the white sand from Lancelin, but the car can lean when driving. Many cars have toppled over or become bogged in the sand – only attempt it at low tide and if you are a confident beach driver.
Sandboarding is a popular activity in the sand dunes north of Point Beach. However, motorbikes are not permitted due to the number of accidents and people having to be airlifted to hospital.
Can you go on to Wedge Island?
Wedge Island Nature Reserve is just off the coast and can be accessed by boat (and foot at certain times of the year).
Wedge Island Accommodation
Camping at Wedge Island
Camping is not permitted between Lancelin and north of Cervantes, including Wedge. However, the Wanagarren Nature Reserve, between Wedge and Grey, has 15 campsites suitable for tents, rooftops, and awning tents.
How many beach shacks are at Wedge Island?
There are thought to be over 350 beach shacks in the Wedge and Grey communities, built between the 1950s and 1980s by holidayers. The residents of the shacks do not own the land, and previously, the government has tried to have them demolished.
Wedge Island Amenities
There are no amenities at Wedge. The closest fuel stations are south in Lancelin and north in Cervantes. The community has no power or water, so bring your own supplies. There are also no toilets; the nearest are on Indian Ocean Drive at Bilges Nature Reserve or Nilgen.
Please respect this beautiful spot and wildlife and take all your rubbish with you (no bins are provided).
Weather Wedge Island
Some approximate weather averages for Wedge are:
Summer (December to February): Average high temperatures range from around 30°C to 35°C (86°F to 95°F), while average low temperatures are between 18°C to 20°C (64°F to 68°F).
Autumn (March to May): Average high temperatures range from around 25°C to 30°C (77°F to 86°F), with cooler nights and average lows between 14°C to 18°C (57°F to 64°F).
Winter (June to August): Winter is mild, with average high temperatures around 18°C to 21°C (64°F to 70°F) and average low temperatures dropping to 9°C to 12°C (48°F to 54°F).
Spring (September to November): Average highs increase to around 22°C to 27°C (72°F to 81°F), and average lows rise to 12°C – 15°C (54°F to 59°F).
Wedge experiences relatively low rainfall, with the wettest months typically occurring during winter.
Coastal areas like Wedge Island experience varying wind patterns due to being on the coast. Strong sea breezes occur during the warmer months when it can be extremely windy.
Wedge Island: Conclusion
Now that the road to Wedge is sealed most of the way, it is easier to get to and worth the trip, especially if you are passing. We prefer getting there early before the sea breeze comes in as it can be extremely windy and the sand whips up and stings!
It’s a beautiful spot to pull up on the beach, get out your chairs, and relax.
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