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Sandy Cape, near Jurien Bay

Sandy Cape is a small camping spot 14km north of Jurien Bay. It is located just behind a small sand dune, which opens up onto a magnificent beach where you can fish, swim, snorkel and relax.

There are very, very few places today where you can camp so close to a beach with easy access in a 2wd or 4wd car close to Perth. To top it off, Jurien Bay is only a few hours’ drive from Perth, making it a perfect location to spend a few days. I have to say it is one of my favourite locations, and we will definitely be heading there again!

Sandy Cape in the distance

Sandy Cape in the distance

Sandy Cape Dunes

Sandy Cape Dunes

How do I get to Sandy Cape?

The easiest and most straightforward way to get to Sandy Cape is to drive through Jurien bay, along the Indian Ocean Road. 14 kilometres outside of Jurien bay you will see a track on the left which is fairly white, and has left white marks all over the bitumen. I believe it may even be signed!

Turn down there, and follow it to the end, where you will see some huge dunes and an information stand. Most two wheel drive cars will be able to drive to Sandy Cape with relative ease, but I wouldn’t take anything that is too low to the ground as the roads can be bumpy and harsh on your car. The signs there are pretty good, so you shouldn’t get lost! It’s only a few kilometres to the sign, and then another 500metres to the beach.

More about Sandy Cape

You need to pay a small fee to stay at Sandy Cape, either in the honour box, or the caretaker will come around each morning to collect it. He stays in an old bus, and is often wandering around. Sandy Cape has some amazing fishing spots, places to snorkel and a beach long enough to have many families on it relaxing.

Great fishing off the point

Great fishing off the point

The flies at Sandy Cape can be pretty nasty depending on what season you go, so take some repellent. Be careful where you fish, as there are a number of different areas where you are allowed to do different things. The beach is very white and very clean, and it is relatively protected by a small bit of land that protrudes into the ocean. You are allowed to take dogs at Sandy Cape, but they need to be on a leash in some areas.

A great sunset

A great sunset

What if Sandy Cape is full?

Even though not a huge number of people know about this great Camping spot, it’s often full. I can almost guarantee it will be full during most school holidays, Christmas and Easter and even many long weekends. There are about 15 different places in Sandy Cape that you can stay.

However, please make sure where you are staying is permitted, either by checking with the ranger, caretaker or signs in the area. If you have a two wheel drive car, I can’t really recommend much else. You can drive up to Jurien bay and stay in the Caravan park, or stay at Greenhead or Leeman.

If however, you have a 4×4, then your options to finding a campsite are unlimited. If you drive out of Sandy Cape, towards the south on a sandy track, you will soon be at another campsite. You can either camp there, or drive out to the point where a little island can be found. We have camped there, and found it protected and a good place to fish.

A small island

A small island

We actually drove along the beach almost all the way from Lancelin, and stopped at a heap of camping sites. If you can’t find a site in either of those spots, then you can go even further south and you are bound to find something. I should point out that many of the tracks are narrow, and scratching your car is sometimes unavoidable. The tracks going from Sandy Cape to the little island are alright, but many of the ones further south can do some damage to your paintwork (see the picture!)


Flat water for snorkeling

Flat water for snorkeling

Can I take my boat?

A lot of people take their boat to this great location, but they are usually not much bigger than 15 foot. You can launch the boat from a few places along the coast, but its best to have a 4×4 to do this. There is a small island off the coast where you can catch some great fish and see some good underwater life if you want to get wet.

Like anywhere, the better and bigger fish are usually caught with ease in a boat! A good alternative is the kayaks which are becoming more and more popular today.

A nights catch

A nights catch

What’s the fishing like?

Fishing at Sandy Cape can be very impressive, but it depends on where you go. Be sure to check the signs regarding different zones in the park, because you can easily get stung for fishing in the wrong area. Unfortunately they are not too clear, but the caretaker should be able to clear things up.

We managed to get a good feed without trying too hard, and had a heap of fun doing it. I also noticed that there are a lot of crayfish at Sandy Cape, if you dive around for a bit. Deep holes and little caves make snorkelling well worth it as well.


My scratched Hilux

My scratched Hilux

Is it a nice place to stay at?

Absolutely. The beaches are calm, clear and the fish will bite on almost anything. If you have a four wheel drive, stay at the campsites south of Sandy Cape, as they are free and more private. You can drive your car onto the beach there as well, which means you don’t have to drag all your gear down. Just be sure that you can drive back up the dune however, as some cars struggle and the dunes are quite steep. Fires were banned when we were there, but I am unsure if that is the case all year round.

Overall, it’s easy to get to, cheap to stay and a lot of fun. I would highly recommend it as a place to stay, based on what you are able to do there. We stayed there for two nights, and then moved further north. There are a lot of places both north and south of Sandy Cape that are worth while staying at. Get out there and have some fun!

A bay close to Sandy Cape

A bay close to Sandy Cape

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58 comments… add one
  • Amber December 28, 2009, 2:42 AM

    Aaron, you seem to know what you are talking about. Do you care shooting me your email? I would like to talk more with you.

  • Aaron December 30, 2009, 9:09 PM

    Thanks for the comment. Please use the contact us page on my website.

  • John Q January 17, 2010, 3:28 PM

    Hey delightful Information.

  • Aaron January 17, 2010, 3:30 PM


  • Nicola February 1, 2010, 5:07 PM

    Love this place. Spent a week here at xmas time, then last weekend. Now planning 2 weeks in March. Love your info, will be showing this to my hubby when he comes home on break. Great places & tips too.
    Thanks for the site. 🙂

  • Aaron February 1, 2010, 5:22 PM

    No problem. Just one of the many great places that you can visit in Australia! I was amazed to find a few more places the other week, down by Dunsborough. I thought I knew every possible place but it just goes to show how big Australia is!

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    Just browsing around and came upon your site. Very solid post. Will be adding you to my RSS reader.

  • Aaron February 8, 2010, 5:34 PM

    Thanks mate, glad you enjoyed it

  • Lucien Castrataro February 22, 2010, 11:49 PM

    Heya i got to your site by mistake when i was searching bing for something off topic here but i do have say your site is really helpful, like the theme and the content on here…so thanks for me procrastinating from my previous task, lol

  • Aaron March 12, 2010, 9:44 PM

    Thanks Mate.

  • Jake March 10, 2011, 5:09 PM

    greeeeeeeat site mate. very helpful and must say that i have used it much more than once! doesnt seem to be a lot that i cant find on here. keep up the great work buddy and hoping to see this site grow like crazy


  • Aaron March 10, 2011, 6:36 PM

    Hi Jake,

    Thanks for the comment – I am glad you like the site. It is slowly growing, but time is hard to come by at the moment! Please share this site around with your mates.


  • Alex April 12, 2011, 8:42 AM

    Hi Aaron,

    I’m thinking of heading up to Sandy Cove with my girlfriend during the Easter break, I realise it will be packed but I was wondering if you think a 2004 Rav4 will be able to access some of the campsites further down the beach? I’ve had a bit of experience beach driving in larger 4×4’s but I’ve never taken the Rav off the beaten track like that. What are your thoughts?

    Great site by the way, keep up the good work.


  • Aaron April 12, 2011, 3:50 PM

    Hi Alex,

    I have seen 2wd cars driving around the Sandy Cape area, but you have to be very careful where you go. Most of the tracks are fairly solid, but if you go down a track that is a bit soft and sloping you could be in trouble. Have a read of Beach Driving. As long as you let your tyres down enough you will be fine, but just don’t drive anywhere that the sand is too soft. Rav 4’s are fine in most cases – I have seen them on some soft beaches in Perth, but they lack clearance, which is where you could get caught out.

    You might get a spot at Sandy Cape if you get there early enough (and maybe even if you don’t!) but there are not massive numbers of campsites nearby, so you would probably want a backup plan too!

    Have a great trip

  • Freckle April 19, 2011, 4:24 PM

    Thats stuffed it. Now every bloody man and his dog now about the place, even a bloody tour company use it for sand boarding. Wont be long and this place will end up like all the others thanks to some bloody loud mouth. Yep Ive been there, but didnt tell everybody.

  • Aaron April 19, 2011, 5:23 PM

    Hi Freckle,

    As much as I would love to take credit for letting everyone know about what a great place Sandy Cape is, I can’t. There are many other places that give information about Sandy Cape, and word of mouth plays a huge role in this too.

    Have a good day

  • Ged June 11, 2011, 4:22 PM


    Great site and extremely helpful!

  • Aaron June 11, 2011, 5:43 PM

    Hi Ged,

    Thanks for the comment – glad you found it useful


  • Greg October 5, 2011, 7:12 AM

    Hi Aaron
    thanks for your post on Sandy Cape. Went looking on the net for info about camping north of Jurien ( a friend had told me about a great camping site but didn’t know the name) – well I found your web page! we have just come back (yesterday0 after 3 nights at Sandy Cape) – what a great spot. We all loved it and will be going back. We got quite a bit of rain but and we are slowly cleaning all the mud! Thanks again for really informative info. Greg

  • Aaron October 5, 2011, 5:18 PM

    Hi Greg,

    It’s great to hear you enjoyed the trip. Sandy Cape is an awesome little spot to spend a few days! It’s unfortunate about the rain, but I am sure you will be back when the weather is better. Thanks for the comments regarding this blog – I always appreciate it.

    Take it easy

  • Chris October 26, 2011, 11:51 PM

    Hi Aaron

    Thanks for all the info on this page, has made planning this coming long weekend very easy. We were going to Mylup but have changed due to the weather, can you tell me a few fish you can get with beach rods off the beach and possibly with a flicky out of kayaks. Hoping to catch something nice to put in my famous fish curry with rice 🙂

    Also is there somewhere we can upload pictures from trips?
    Cheers Chris

  • Aaron October 27, 2011, 4:52 PM

    Hi Chris,

    I am glad you have found the information useful! You will get all sorts of fish up there, but it shouldn’t be hard to get a good feed of herring, skippy and whiting. A word of advice though – double check the signs for where you can fish! With a kayak you should have plenty of luck. Around the island is a popular place to go. At the moment I don’t have anywhere to upload photo’s – sorry about that.

    Have an awesome trip

  • Skipd October 28, 2011, 7:34 AM

    Hi Aaron
    Just got back from Sandy cape after 2 nights camping.
    It was our first family adventure, got three kids, 5, 3, and 5 months old.
    We stayed south of the main camp ground and had a great stay.
    Took the Kia Sorento along the beach and as far along tracks until scratching started.
    The wife reckoned I was determined to scratch the vehicle.
    Kia went sweet on the beach, mind you I had tyres down to about 16psi.
    Thanks for the tip on area. We will be doing more camping now as we had a blast.

  • Aaron October 28, 2011, 8:26 PM

    G’day Skipt,

    That’s awesome mate – great to hear you had a blast. Getting out there is what its all about!


  • Brendon November 30, 2011, 5:49 PM

    hi Aaron me and a few mates were going to head up to sandy cape for the weekend and i was wondering if you can take motorbikes. my mate says you can but im always cautious as i dont want to get a fine.

  • Aaron November 30, 2011, 5:57 PM

    G’day Brendon,

    I honestly don’t know the answer to that question. I’d suggest giving the Shire of Dandaragan a call on (08) 9652 0800. I know I have seen them up there, but whether they are allowed or not is another question!


  • Brendon November 30, 2011, 6:22 PM

    cheers for that thanks for your help

  • Brendan December 15, 2011, 3:26 AM

    G’day Aaron,

    Thanks for the website, have tound it very informative and a great read!

    Can you tell me if you have had a look along the track to the north of Sandy Cape? I have been told it goes for about 9km and there are some nice camping spots along that stretch?


  • Aaron December 15, 2011, 4:47 PM

    G’day Brendan,

    You are testing my memory! I believe there are a few tracks going north, however you are only allowed to camp within the Sandy Cape Recreational Park. Have a look at this:


    This was part of an email I got from the shire: ‘The only places within our Shire allowed for camping is the tourist parks or a place called Sandy Cape Recreational Park located 13km north of Jurien Bay’

    Have an awesome trip

  • Jordan January 15, 2012, 12:12 PM

    Hey Aaron

    Top stuff mate. Heading up there for the long weekend and expecting it to be busy – plan B is to head south from the cape and park up somewhere there as you suggest. Is the track solid enough and manouverable enough to be able to tow a small pop top caravan along?


  • Aaron January 15, 2012, 2:35 PM

    G’day Jordan,

    It will be busy up there – it always is. The tracks aren’t too bad, but they can be tight – you will scratch your a reasonable sized four wheel drive; I guess it depends on the width of your caravan. Just make sure you are in the camping zone – check out http://www.dandaragan.wa.gov.au/rangerservices/code

    Have fun

  • Mark March 13, 2012, 2:18 PM

    Hey Aaron,

    We have a large wakeboarding boat – could we use this at Sandy cove. It doesn’t like waves nor reef, and sits quite low in the water. (6 meters long and quite wide)

  • Aaron March 13, 2012, 4:57 PM

    G’day Mark,

    Sandy Cape isn’t really the place to take a boat like that. You would have massive issues launching it (there is no real boat ramp), and it would be very easy to damage the hull and propeller on reef nearby. The tracks are quite narrow too. If you had a boat for there, you would want something under 16 foot and aluminium.


  • lorena April 2, 2012, 8:18 PM

    any advice if traveling in a winniebago motor home…but wasnt to see as much as possible… from perth to jurian bay…

    you write beautifully…and your page presents so well..

  • Aaron April 2, 2012, 8:48 PM

    Hi Lorena,

    The biggest problem you will have with the motor home is width as any tracks are just big enough for a four wheel drive. You can see plenty on the way to Jurien Bay, but it depends on how much time you have. Guilderton (Moore River is worth stopping at). Ledge Point is great for a look. Lancelin is an awesome town, and you should be able to drive near the off road area (big sand dunes) and park up. From there you can go for a bit of a walk. Heading further north along Indian Ocean Drive you can pull into Wedge Island (but will have to walk around the area) as well as Grey (don’t even think about driving into there). The Pinnacles at Cervantes are great, as well as the lake and several points. From there, you hit Jurien Bay.

    Have fun

  • Ris April 23, 2012, 12:41 PM

    Thanks for the great info Aaron!! We went camping at Sandy Cape over the weekend and found a beautiful secluded spot to camp with our beloved pooch…we loved it! Keep up the helpful info!

  • Aaron April 23, 2012, 8:51 PM

    G’day Ris,

    That’s great to hear. It certainly is an awesome place to spend a few days at!


  • Troy April 27, 2012, 5:11 PM

    We went to Sandy Cape this Easter just gone. After a tough first night of it blowing a gale we moved to a campsite with friends south of the info stand. We had a big camp set up but had an awesome view of the island and the point. The point was best for fishing especially at dusk. Our campsite was unfortunately visited regularly by the local bee population but didnt put us off having a great weekend.

  • Aaron April 27, 2012, 5:53 PM

    G’day Troy,

    The wind up that way can be very unpredictable. Great to hear that you had a blast nonetheless! I’ve heard the bee’s up there are a pain – did you try putting a bucket of water a few metres away from your camp site? Apparently this is all they are after! I caught a heap of skippy and herring one night – the fishing is pretty good!


  • chris August 25, 2012, 6:19 PM

    Hey Aaron…….
    Have just read your comments about Sandy Cape.
    Can you tell me how far off the Indian Ocean Road to the campsite, is it a dirt or bitumen road and how many nights are you allowed to stay?
    Thanks for your blog.

  • Aaron August 25, 2012, 6:36 PM

    G’day Chris,

    The road into Sandy Cape is a gravel road, which is in reasonable condition. It’s about 4km – have a look at this – http://maps.google.com.au/maps?q=sandy+cape+jurien+bay&hl=en&ll=-30.183771,115.009453&spn=0.016007,0.033023&sll=-41.416667,144.75&sspn=0.888767,2.113495&hq=sandy+cape+jurien+bay&radius=15000&t=h&z=16.

    I don’t believe there is a limit on how many nights you stay!


  • Nathan October 10, 2012, 5:38 AM

    Cheers Aaron, going up there again this morning for a couple of nights and your info is very helpful

  • Aaron October 10, 2012, 5:36 PM

    Hey Nathan,

    Have fun mate – its a great place


  • Azza October 26, 2012, 11:49 PM

    Hi Aaron

    We are thinking of heading up to Sandy Cape next weekend just for a night maybe 2.
    I am a bit of a beginner at beach fishing or even fishing as a whole, can you give me some tips?
    I have just bought and ugly stick 12 foot surf rod and a pretty simple tackle box, do you think I will need anything else major? Also what kind of bait did you use for which fish etc?
    Any tips would be much appreciated as I would love to reel a few in.


  • Sian December 26, 2012, 6:12 PM

    Hi Aaron,

    Thinking of heading up to Sandy Cape in April, do you think that will be a busy time? and are there pit toilets or the like there?
    Thanks 🙂

  • Aaron December 26, 2012, 8:57 PM

    Hi Sian,

    I believe there are two toilets there. As for busy, it really depends on when you go up. If it is a normal weekend you shouldn’t have a problem. If it’s a long weekend or special event, get in early!


  • Dean Van der Ende December 31, 2012, 8:21 AM

    hey mate we are rugulars at sandy cape n drive from moora to enjoy the campsite, just wondering if its possible to book a few campsite for the australia day long weekend?
    cheers mate

  • Aaron December 31, 2012, 12:46 PM

    Hi Dean,

    As far as I know the only way to ‘book’ is to be there in person. Unfortunately this means you usually have to get there early to get a spot!


  • Mike March 10, 2013, 7:00 AM

    Hi mate,

    Great website. The mrs is taking me up from Perth for two days on Monday, where abouts can we get into the beach? We have a Nissan xtrail and she goes very well on any sand however clearance can sometimes be an issue-are the dunes very larg?

    Thanks mate

  • Aaron March 10, 2013, 3:40 PM

    Hi Mike,

    Wilbinga would be the closest that you can get on the beach. It is accessible from the south (enter at Two Rocks). Then, you have Moore River, Ledge Point and Lancelin, Wedge Island, Grey, Cervantes, Hill River and Jurien Bay. The beach from Lancelin to Wedge can be terrible; I would avoid that. Wilbinga should be doable for the most part, but again your clearance may be limiting. Make sure you drop the tyres properly!

    Have fun

  • Brendan March 14, 2013, 12:54 PM

    Hey there,

    Just wonder if all this information is still current as the post is a few years old now. Me and some friends were thinking of going up there this Easter. Also, do you think if we arrived there before midday we would be able to get a spot?

    Great site by the way.

    Cheers in advance.

  • Aaron March 15, 2013, 6:40 PM

    Hi Brendan,

    I was at Sandy Cape a few months ago, and it all seems current. As for whether you will get a spot, who knows; I can’t predict that! On one hand I would have thought so, but on the other all it takes is a few retiree’s to leave a day or 2 earlier and you could be in trouble! Have you looked at Lucky Bay?


  • Rob March 27, 2013, 12:29 PM

    Hey Aaron,
    some excellent info here to help us get out there, thanks for that. A quick question on the campsites south of Sandy Cape. Do you think it is possible to get a mid sized off road poptop down these tracks to the lil island are you are talking of in you post. We have a very capable lifted Hilux. Unfortunately, Cape Sandy is already full so i am chasing backup plans. We were thinking of Lake Indoon Eneabba if all else fails (though it is apparently more of a salt pan at the mo).


  • Aaron April 2, 2013, 6:19 PM

    Hi Rob,

    Most of those tracks are pretty easy, but you want to make sure you are camping in a legal area. If all else fails, Lucky Bay is the place to go; it is excellent up there, with plenty of room.

    Enjoy mate

  • Alita September 13, 2013, 12:49 PM

    Hey Aaron

    Great website! Most info I have found on Sandy Cape
    We are planning to go up there over the bank holiday, planning to go on the Thursday so hopefully won’t have trouble with getting a site, if we do arrive to find it full what would be the closest next best option 2WD only I’m afraid. Also do you know if there is are any tracks about for bicycles or is it too sandy, just don’t want to take them if they won’t be needed.


  • Aaron September 13, 2013, 6:24 PM

    Thanks Alita,

    I wouldn’t be driving around Sandy Cape without a 4WD; some of the tracks are very soft. The closest camping from there would be one of the Caravan parks – Green head or Jurien Bay. You can camp at Lake Indoon too, but unfortunately there isn’t much else!

    Best of luck

  • Alita September 13, 2013, 6:31 PM

    Will look into the caravan parks but just to confirm we will be alright just going to Sandy Cape in 2WD?



  • Aaron September 13, 2013, 8:35 PM

    Hi Alita,

    You won’t have any issues getting into Sandy Cape with a 2WD; just take it slowly on the gravel roads. Its only the tracks around Sandy Cape that can be soft, and require 4WD.

    Take care

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