Ledge Point is a small coastal township 105 km north of Perth, Western Australia. It was established to service the local fishing and cray-fishing industries. This small cray fishing town is ideal for relaxing weekend getaways, midweek escapes, or a stopover enroute to more Northern destinations. It is only 10km south of Lancelin, where most services and facilities are available. There is a small general store for emergency rations!
Ledge Point has an abundance of accommodation available from holiday homes, to a modern new caravan park and apartments right on the beach and is the perfect place for a quick beach getaway.
The world-famous Ledge to Lancelin windsurfing race, the Ocean Classic, commences from the beach in the centre of town and ends in Lancelin. The race itself attracts entrants from around the world.
Top Things to Do in Ledge Point
- Wind surfing and Kite surfing – the famous Lancelin Ocean Classic wind surfing race starts in Ledge Point and ends in Lancelin.
- Long walks on the beach – Walking south along the seemingly endless beach, and wading in the shallows where the small waves break.
- Do a spot of fishing – Great fishing whether on the beach or if you have access to a boat. You can always ask the locals if they will share their secret spots!
- Golf with ocean views – With well-maintained grass greens and spectacular views of the ocean, the Ledge Point Golf Club is one of the best.
- Four Wheel Driving (4WD) – With kilometres of seemingly endless beach to drive along and extensive areas of sand dunes, Ledge Point is a great place to bring your 4WD.
History of Ledge Point
The town’s name originates from the nearby coastal feature of the same name, a series of rocky ledges on the point that was first described in an 1875 hydrographic survey. The Gingin Road Board requested that land be set aside in the area in 1937 for camping and recreation purposes.
In 1952 there were three squatters’ shacks that had been built in the reserve and once a road was completed into the area in 1953 more people began to request land leases. The government decided to subdivide the area in 1954 and sell blocks for retirees and holiday housing. The town was gazetted in 1955.
In 1963, divers discovered the wreck of the Dutch East India Company ship Vergulde Draeck (Gilt Dragon) which sank on 28 April 1656 after striking reef near Ledge Point. It was one of the earliest wrecks of a European ship on Australian shores. In 1972, a full expedition was mounted to systematically explore the remains of the ship and its fittings. Damage by looters had left little intact, but over several months a quantity of artefacts was recovered, which are now displayed at maritime museums in Geraldton and Fremantle.
The area is also known for the 1983 wreck of the Jackup Oil Drilling Rig Key Biscayne, which toppled over in storms about 10 nautical miles (19 km) offshore whilst under tow.