Things to do
The mouth of the Moore River provides safe swimming when the sand-bar is closed. If the sandbar has broken it can be dangerous due to the rate the water flows out to the ocean. Be careful with children at this time, particularly at the edges as the sand can collapse. There is also safe bathing at Silver Creek, 1.5kms upstream from the river mouth.
Beach swimmers, please be aware that the beach is not patrolled. Beach access is via the stairway from the car park in Gordon Street, and also via the bottom boardwalk, which leads off the foreshore car park. There are also several beach access points between the sandbar and the Groyne.
Lighthouse & Groyne
The Guilderton Lighthouse is the last brick built lighthouse in Australia and stands proudly on the dunes at the north of the Groyne. Built in 1983, with specially tapered red clay bricks, it stands 32 metres high and operates as an automatic marine beacon. Placed on top is the white lantern house which contained a triple bulls-eye lens that displayed a light that had a range of 22 nautical miles. It serves today as the only major navigation aid between Fremantle and Jurien Bay. The original bulls-eye lamp is now on display in the Guilderton Country Club, having been replaced by a Tungsten Halogen lamp.
The Desert is a popular spot for sandboarding, it is accessible by boat or by swimming across the river from the Stephen’s Crescent Trail Walk. Sandboards can be purchased at a very reasonable price from the Visitor Centre.
The Guilderton beach is generally suited to body surfing, however, please be aware, there are often ‘dumpers’ and the beach is not patrolled.
4WDing Off Road
Vehicles are prohibited on the beach, south of the Groyne, and the shire rangers will issue infringements.
Within the Shire of Gingin, there are two areas gazetted under the Control of Vehicles (Off-road Areas) Act, where, along with road registered vehicles, vehicles not registered for on-road use are permitted. The Ledge Point area caters for motorbikes only, whereas the Lancelin Off Road Vehicle Area can be used by trail bikes, three or four-wheel motorbikes, beach buggies, or four-wheel drive vehicles.
Canoes and kayaks, pedal craft and dinghies can be hired most days in the summer from the foreshore car park, next to the boat ramp. Boat hire will not be available when the sandbar is open, on account of the danger of being swept out to sea.
Canoeing & Kayaking
Canoes and kayaks can be launched into the ocean or the river from the foreshore. There is also a dedicated launching point with parking and ablutions at Silver Creek, about 1.5km upstream from the river mouth.
BBQs & Picnics
Free gas barbeques and ablutions are located on the foreshore and at Gabbadah Park. The foreshore also has picnic tables. Picnic tables only are located at the Heritage Garden on the corner of Guilderton Road and Moore River Drive, and a disabled accessible picnic table and ablutions are located at Silver Creek, off Stephens Crescent. Please leave all facilities as you find them, and clean barbeques after use.
Tailor, flathead, herring, mulloway, and whiting can be caught off the beach, and bream can be caught in the river. There is a disabled accessible fishing platform, with ablutions and parking at Silver Creek. There is also a fishing platform down the steps, along the boardwalk at Stephens Crescent. Size limits apply, the sustainability of recreational fishing is dependent on abiding by these limits. Please see signs, measurement stickers and fishing brochures are also available at the Visitor Centre. Please take care not to leave fish hooks and lines lying around, as they are a danger to children and wildlife.
Children’s playgrounds are located on the foreshore and at Gabbadah Park and the Country Club. There is mini golf and a skate park at the Country Club Recreational Grounds. There are ablutions at all venues.