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A one-time small fishing town but steadily growing, Lancelin is 127 kms north of Perth and within the Shire of Gingin. The townsite was declared as such in 1950. Originally, the name Lancelin was not thought suitable and thus called Wangaree. However, local usage prevailed and the name Lancelin was officially adopted in 1953. P. F. Lancelin was a prominent planetary scientist and in 1801 French explorer Captain Baudin named this area after him


Lancelin - Shire of Gingin Offices

Lancelin lies within the Shire of Gingin. This is the local shire office. I'd say that Lancelin is now in fact bigger than Gingin and is continuing to grow. January 2011. Photos Ref: LANC001


Lancelin - Shipwrecks Cafe

Up until 2010, the sealed road from Perth ended at Lancelin. Similarly, the sealed road south from Geraldton ended at Cervantes (some 80 kms north of Lancelin). Since then, the roads have been joined creating a continuous Indian Ocean Drive, all the way from Dongara to around Yanchep. Shops like this Shipwrecks Cafe should benefit from the extra tourists and travellers passing through town, if they come down the access road from the highway. January 2011. Photos Ref: LANC002


Lancelin - Shops

These colourful shops are on the main street, Gingin Road, a little to the right of the Shipwrecks Cafe (above). January 2011. Photos Ref: LANC003


Lancelin - House

Lancelin provides some rather innovative and unique house designs. This building looks like an emergency station complete with viewing deck and what could be a siren. January 2011. Photos Ref: LANC004


Lancelin - House

Another example of an unusually designed building. This is mostly likely a residence or holiday accommodation. January 2011. Photos Ref: LANC005


Lancelin - Isabella's Cottage

Isabella's Cottage Restaurant and Giftware. The owners look like they have spend a lot of time, money and energy to make it into an appealing and comfortable restaurant and gift-ware shop. January 2011. Photos Ref: LANC006


Lancelin - Beach Front Bar and Bistro

This Beach Front Bar & Bistro building is certainly closed at this time. However, its replacement sits to the left and a bit further back from the road. January 2011. Photos Ref: LANC007


Lancelin - Beach Hotel

This is the Lancelin Beach Hotel in the north part of town. January 2011. Photos Ref: LANC008


Lancelin - Crayfish and Fish Storage

Fishing is big business in these towns along the coast. Indeed, it was fishing that established them in the first place. Fishing boats chase crayfish and this is a processing/storage plant. A truck sits there waiting to take the next haul to market. January 2011. Photos Ref: LANC009


Lancelin - Search and Rescue

On the beach-front is the local sea search and rescue facility. Very impressive with it's airport-tower like viewing deck and all the communications equipment on the roof. January 2011. Photos Ref: LANC010


Lancelin - Lancelin Island

Lancelin Island sits a few kilometres off the coast, a little north of the centre of town. This view is taken from the main jetty. A few people fishing here today and they've got a fairly decent catch. January 2011. Photos Ref: LANC011


Lancelin - Beach Looking North

A view from the main Lancelin beach looking north. Lancelin Island can be seen up there on the horizon. January 2011. Photos Ref: LANC012


Lancelin - Fishing Boats

Up and down the coast fishing boats lay at anchor awaiting their next foray into the deeps. These boats are bobbing up and down furiously and swinging about in the waves and strong winds. January 2011. Photos Ref: LANC013


Lancelin - Wind Surfers

Lancelin seems to be a very sporty town. Many wind-surfers and kite enthusiasts take advantage of a howling wind off the coast near the reef. Some were travelling at incredible speeds. January 2011. Photos Ref: LANC014


Lancelin - Sand Dunes

Just to the east of town there is a huge ridge of blindingly-white sand dunes. These dunes are accessible by 4-wheel drive vehicle and are popular with ski-ers, tobogganists and off-road vehicle enthusiasts. Today is very windy - you can see the sand being whipped up by the wind. January 2011. Photos Ref: LANC015


Lancelin - Sand Dunes

Sun glasses are an absolute must, and so is nose/mouth protection in this wind. This is adjacent to the dunes next to the 2-wheel drive vehicle car park. The landscape is strange and eerie, like what it must be like being on some alien world. January 2011. Photos Ref: LANC016

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