Lancelin Island, Lancelin

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Lancelin Island is an island in Western Australia near Lancelin.DescriptionThe island occupies an area 8.16ha and is situated 600m from the mainland. The island has a maximum elevation of 27m. It is composed of limestone and is linked to Edwards Island by intertidal and subtidal reef platforms. Both islands are gazetted as A Class nature reserves.The island has a large beach on the landward side of the island and a smaller beach on the seaward side. The waters off the western side of the island are also a protected area, the Lancelin Island Lagoon Fish Habitat Protection Area, made up of areas of seagrass and reef systems.Along with Edwards Island it is at the southern end of the Turquoise Coast islands nature reserve group, a chain of 40 islands spread over a distance of 150km.Origin and historyThe island was formed approximately 10,000 years ago after large fluctuations in sea levels caused erosion on large areas of the continental shelf during periods of glaciation. Large parallel sand dunes then formed and hardened into limestone, forming islands, most of which have been separated from the mainland for 6,500 years.The first European to discover and name the island was the French explorer Hamelin in 1801 aboard the Naturalist. It was named after the scientific writer, P.J. Lancelin.During the 1920s the area became popular as a holiday destination, with many shacks appearing on the mainland. During World War II the island was used by the Royal Australian Air Force for bombing practice. The crayfishing industry commenced operations in the area in 1947.
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  • To get to Lancelin Island you need a boat, which needs to be anchored on the eastern shore. It is only a five minute trip, but well worth the visit. On the western side it is protected ocean, so only ...  more »
  • This island is just over half a kilometre from the mainland, where we were holidaying. On a rough day it's not easy to access, but we were fortunate to have some calm and sunny days with minimal wind,...  more »
  • Beautiful island, birds sanctuary, great for snorkelling, making photos, just great experience. Can see dolphins hunting in shallow water, seals and other fauna.

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