Two yoga enthusiasts, a mean 4×4 and 2 kilometres of pure white Lancelin sand dunes. That’s one way to spend an Australia Day afternoon!
I first saw the Lancelin sand dunes on a trip up to the Pinnacles when I first arrived in Perth back in February 2014. From the moment I saw them, I was mesmerised… The stark white of the sand in contrast to the cool blue sky, the drifts of sand blowing off the dune peaks and the sheer size of them in general – just breathtaking. I have stopped off in Lancelin each time I’ve passed through (I still have a, now weathered, ‘Living the dream in Lancelin’ sticker stuck to the booty of my car!), but I had never actually visited the dunes before… until now.
Tucked away just behind the pretty bay town of Lancelin, about an hour and a half drive north of Perth, the Lancelin sand dunes are the largest in Western Australia consisting of nothing but pure white, fine sand. They are approx. two kilometres long, three storeys high – and because of the lack of vegetation (none, zilch, zero), they provide the perfect spot for dirt bikes, four wheel driving, sand-boarding… and Yoga. Yep, you read that right. Yoga.
After a gorgeous day driving up the coast, lapping up the sunshine at Moore River and a delicious late lunch at the Endeavour Tavern in Lancelin, my girlfriend Sam and I decided to get in a bit of yoga to stretch out the day and re-centre ourselves ahead of the drive back to Perth for the Aussie Day Skyworks at King’s Park.
Sam and I are both massive Yoga and Pilates enthusiasts and we both credit regular practise in these areas for staying in shape and keeping a balanced, centred mindset. We’re far from professionals, and our poses may be not be quite on-point, but the overall benefits coupled with our shared enjoyment and passion for practise outweighs this! Instead, we focus on enjoying ourselves, testing our limits… and of course Instagramming the shit out of a pose we do manage to nail.
We couldn’t believe our luck when we arrived at the crisp, white dunes – there was an inland storm rolling in towards the coast, and the contract of the moody, dark skies in comparison to the stark whiteness of the (45 degree angle!) dunes was just spectacular. And HOW TAN do we look in the pics?! Insane!
From the top of the peaks, with the dark stormy skies behind us, we were treated to a panoramic (and very windy!) outlook over the Lancelin town and coastline – the soft blue sky spilling into the ocean, the calm turquoise waters speckled with windsurfers and fishermen… so perfect it almost didn’t look real.
We had a good giggle taking pics and zenning-out, even treating ourselves to a bit of off-roading up and down the dunes before heading back down south for the Aussie Day fireworks.
It was definitely a day to remember… Well, how could we forget? Even now (two weeks later), we’re still finding sand in places sand should never, ever be found…
I’d like to dedicate this post to my late grannie and both my granddads who all bid a final farewell to this world between December 2015 and January 2016. I’m not sure what they’d make of some of these Yoga poses, but I know they’d just be happy to know that I am happy here in Western Australia. It was my grannie who encouraged me and gave me the confidence to launch this blog, and I’m so pleased I did before she said her final goodbye. Rest in peace my lovely old fogies – I miss you all every day xxx