Closest 4WD beach to Perth, Tims Thicket is a top spot to let your vehicle feel the sand between its tyres, let the kids have a swim, cook lunch on the beach or picnic, or wet a line - the surfing and fishing is great here!
The beach is a part of Yalgorup National Park and is one of three popular for 4WDing (White Hill Beach and Preston Beach are the other two).
About 15km south of Mandurah on Old Coast Road is the turn off to Tims Thicket beach. This road eventually terminates and you can either get down to the beach via a pedestrian path that crosses over two sand dunes, or there’s a 4WD track immediately to your right.
After a short drive along the track, a fork in the road will take you down onto the southern end of the beach. Lower your tyre pressure before entering the beach. The beach at Tims Thicket runs for 2km south until you reach a limestone foot reef. At high tide these reefs can be impossible to pass in a vehicle, so you’ll need to backtrack along Tims Thicket to the point where you originally entered the beach. If it’s low tide, you can usually drive around the reef and straight onto a 4WD access track that takes you back through Yalgorup National Park to the original starting point.
If you choose not to follow this track, your other alternative is to keep going past Seal Rock (which is another limestone headland only passable at low tide) and on to Whitehills Beach.
4WDing is only permitted on the beach; access to the dunes is prohibited and this includes sandboarding. Only 4WD vehicles licensed for the road are permitted to use the beach; no motorbikes, four wheelers or dune buggies. There are toilets here, a gas cooker permitted, but please no other fires and no camping and take your rubbish out with you.
Admission Prices | Free