4wd Trip – Ledge Point to Guilderton

Ledge Point to Guilderton 4wd Trip

4wd Trip – Ledge Point to Guilderton

Ledge Point to Guilderton
Ledge Point to Guilderton 4wd Track

I’d been looking for a 4wd trip along the coast somewhere. One that wasn’t too popular so that it would be a bit of an adventure. We’d done Preston Beach and Wilbinga before and enjoyed them, but I was after something a little different.So I got onto Google Maps and took a look around, and really the logical place to look close to Perth was Guilderton. And then north to Ledge Point.

History of the region

According to Wikipedia, Ledge Point is a small coastal township 105 km north of Perth, Western Australia. It was established to service the local fishing and crayfishing industries.

The town gets its name from a nearby coastal feature that was first mapped in 1875. Land was set aside for camping and recreational purposes in 1937 on request from the Gingin Road Board. It wasn’t until 1952 that squatters huts were first built in the area by local fishermen and soon a road was cut through to the site. Once the road was thorough, people began to request official land leases.

The area was subdivided for land release in 1954 and blocks were made available, mainly for retirees and holiday housing. In 1955 the town was officially gazetted at Ledge Point.

Ledge Point to Guilderton 4wd Trip
Having a great time in some of the dunes

In 1963, the wreck of the Dutch ship Vergulde Draek (Gilt Dragon) was discovered by divers. The ship was sunk after running aground on a nearby reef in 1656. It was carrying a load of trade goods as well as eight chests of silver guilders when it sunk. A full expedition was mounted in 1972 to recover the lost items, however most of the cargo and guilders had been pilfered by treasure hunters. Even so, over several months some significant artifacts were recovered and they are now on display at maritime musems in Fremantle and Geraldton.

In 1983, the oil rig Key Biscayne was wrecked 19kms offshore while it was under way. Severe storms that lashed the region caused the rig to topple over.

Previously known as Gabbadah, which is an aboriginal word of the local dialect that means ‘Mouthful of water’, was renamed to Guilderton and gazetted by the local shire in 1951. 20 years prior to that, in 1930, fourty 17th century silver guilders were discovered in the dunes near the Moore River mouth. These guilders are thought to have come from the wreck of the Gilt Dragon. This discovery is what inspired the name ‘Guilderton’.

Our 4wd Trip

I’ve run this trip a couple of times since first thinking it’d be a good 4wd club trip. Firstly we took some friends from work but we missed some turn-offs an ended up on the bittumen before Seabird. The second time I ran the trip was the 4wd club survey. We were determined that we’d find a way through along the beaches and the sand tracks… and we did.

So on the day of the official 4wd club trip, we gathered at the small carpark on De Burgh Street in Ledge Point. The general store is just around the corner and is a handy place to refuel and stock up if need be.

As the trip was a 4wd club trip, there were quite a number of participants which did make it difficult to run. Next time I’d limit the numbers to about 10 vehicles.

Ledge Point to Guilderton 4wd Trip
Spectacular Coast line

In the little car park, we let the air out of our tyres and then headed off south onto the beach. To begin with, the beach sand was as hard as a road. But as we headed further south it got softer and softer, but didn’t cause anyone any trouble.

After a couple of kilometres of beautiful beach driving, we turned off the beach and into the sand tracks though the scrub. it wasn’t long before we came across our first sand dune.

It’s amazing how things change. When we drove through doing the survey, the first dune was a nicely rounded off dune that was quite easy to drive over. This time, as I came up the first hill I was confronted with a huge, almost vertical wall of sand about 5 metres high! not knowing what it was like on the other side, I called a halt to the convoy and got out to take a look. Lucky I did because it was just as steep and twice as high down the other side. But also luckily the nice rounded sand dune was still there, but it was just off to the side a little. So we led the club in that direction.

Ledge Point to Guilderton 4wd Trip
Coming up a big dune

A couple more kilometres of winding tracks and we were in Seabird for lunch.

Between Seabird and Guilderton is a much shorter trip that from Ledge Point to Seabird. But there are still some very interesting 4wd challenges that we found.

Firstly there is a very steep and rocky hill wiht a couple of steps on the way down. Careful wheel placement was a must! One day I’ll take a trip in the other direction and try driving up it!

Then there is the long stretch of track with the fantastic view of the rough coast-line that goes on forever.

And the short, sharp hill climb that gives you three options, one easy, one medium and one a little harder. Nothing that will cause anyone any serious trouble, but a bit of fun none-the-less.

And then arriving at the Guilderton light house for a great view of the coastline once again.

Ledge Point to Guilderton 4wd Trip
Someone’s view from their fishing shack

We then aired-up and drove into Guilderton for a swim in the river and an icecream. A great way to finish off the day.

Summary

So all up, i’d rate this trip very highly. It’s not a Wilbinga where you can carve it up and dig huge holes in the tracks with your 33″ rubber, but it is a very interesting trip that throws something new at you at every turn. I’ll definately be heading up there again some time.

4wd gear you may need

It’s a standard beach and dune 4wd trip so you’ll need all the usual stuff really. You do lose mobile phone reception for some of the way. It’s a relatively simple trip and if you let your tyres down enough you shouldn’t have any trouble.

I’d recommend taking:

Ledge Point to Guilderton 4wd Trip
The Guilderton Lighthouse
  • Sand Flag
  • Air Compressor
  • Tyre Deflator
  • Max Trax or equivalent
  • UHF Radio
  • 1st aid kit and fire extinguisher
  • Snatch Straps and shackles
  • Bathers
  • Whatever else you think you might need.

Mitsubishi PB Challenger in Cape Peron, Shark Bay.


The 4wd trip out to Cape Peron in Shark Bay is not difficult. Our Mitsubishi PB Challenger sure didn’t have any issues along the way. The scenery and the wildlife out there is astounding. Particularly the marine wildlife…

Mitsubishi PB Challenger Rear Draws – Part 2

Mitsubishi PB Challenger Rear Draws

This is part 2 of my Mitsubishi PB Challenger Rear Draws build up. Click here for Part 1.

Mitsubishi PB Challenger Rear Draws
Rough drawing of the rear draws

Last night I did some more measuring, and built a temporary shelf in the back of the car so that I could sit the fridge on it and see if it actually all fits… And it does!

  • It allows me to get my huge 78L ARB fridge in with enough space between the draw system and the trim to store things.
  • It allows me enough access to the spare wheel winder.
  • It doesn’t restrict my vision out the back window too much (if at all really).
  • It avoids the huge bolts that attach the cargo barrier to the floor of the boot.

So now I have some direction and some plans on what I want to do. Using all my CAD drawing skills and an awesome application called MS Paint, I put together the below diagram…

Anyway, this is what I want to do:

  • Leave a space of 150mm under the 2 draws on the left. This will be a handy storage space for things like our folding camp chairs, and will allow me to access the wheel winder (the little circle in the diagram). I’ve tested this and confirmed that this will leave enough room.
  • I’ll probably end up buying an ARB fridge slide to fit my 78L ARB fridge
  • Build a low lying tool/utility draw under the fridge. This could even be used for kitchen type things that don’t need to be in the fridge.
  • Have 2 draws on the left for stuff.
  • I’ll put 4 tie-down points on the top shelf and maybe put a lip around the top as well. Just to stop things falling off the top of it quite so much. I’ll get an elasticated net thing that will attach to the tie-down points when needed.
  • I’ll have enough room to fit a few bits and pieces down the sides between the draw system and the trim in the boot. Behind the wheel arches.
  • I’ll either build the battery in behind the fridge if it fits, or behind the bottom draw on the left. I think it’ll fit behind the fridge but I haven’t measured that up very accurately yet. And I’ll have to modify the wiring from my RedArc Dual Battery System of course.
  • Tie the whole kit down to the existing tie-down points.

So now I’m very much looking forward to getting started on it! Stay tuned for further updates…

Mitsubishi PB Challenger Rear Draws – Part 1

 

Mitsubishi PB Challenger Rear Draws

My Mitsubishi PB Challenger Rear Draws don’t exist yet. This is where my problem begins. Ever since I got my Mitsubishi PB Challenger and started getting out and about in it, I’ve wanted to install a set of rear draws in it. Unfortunately it’s not turning out to be as simple as I would have liked.

Ok so here are the problems I have…

Firstly, the spare wheel winder. Curse you Mr Bishi!!! Why did you put the spare wheel winder right in the middle of the boot!!!! What were you thinking!!!!?!??! It’s bad enough that you have to empty the boot if you happen to get a puncture, but trying to build draws in that cater for this is hard!

Secontly, my cargo barrier. It is an immovable object and it has big bolts and brackets that sit on the floor of the boot making it not flat. It also slopes towards the back of the car so as you go up, you get less room.

And lastly, I have a big 78L ARB fridge. Fitting this in at floor level is OK, but as you raise it up, the cargo barrier pushes it backwards and makes it harder to fit in.

If I build the draws so that the fridge sits at floor level then everything fits. Except it’s hard to get a nice solid flat base with the cargo barrier bolts also in the floor. And then there is the spare wheel winder… Aaaaarrrrrr!!!

So I thought I’d leave an area under the whole thing. A false floor so to speak. If I built it at 270mm, it would mean that I could put the battery under the fridge… then I could reach underneath and get to the spare wheel winder. I also wouldn’t need a solid base at boot-floor level so don’t have to worry about the cargo barrier bolts… Except if I do this then the fridge needs to sit towards the back of the car a little more because the cargo barrier slopes towards the back. And then the fridge no longer fits…
I think that I have two options… My first is to build the whole thing at boot floor level. Maybe raise it up a littl so that it sits above the cago barrier bolts. Then for the wheel winder, I would have two options.

  1. Leave a gap between the draws and the fridge and run an extended bolt all the way to the top of the whole draw system.
  2. Replace the wheel winch with a Triton style winch. I.e. one where the bolt is horizontal. I’d then need to punch holes in my rear bumper so that I could access the winding mechanism. Apparently I’d also need to drop the spare wheel down about 250mm.

So that’s where I am at the moment. I’ll have to think about this more and make some decisions because I want my rear draws!

If only I was any good on some kind of CAD drawing program…

Part 2