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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
  • 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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