15km south of Mandurah and a bit over an hour’s drive from Perth, Tim’s Thicket is one of the closest 4WD beaches south of the city.
It is a popular spot for fishing, snorkelling, and in the right conditions, surfing. People have been known to catch salmon here at the right time of year, so make sure you pack your fishing rod along with your surfboard (or boogie board!). It is a 2km stretch of coastline, marked by a limestone reef at its southern end.
If a low tide permits, you can drive past the reef and access another 4WD track to get back to your starting point via the Yalgorup National Park. However, do make sure you are aware of the tide times, as you do not want to be stranded on the wrong side of the reef.
Once you have come to the end of Tim’s Thicket Road (accessible off Old Coast Road) you will see the pedestrian track leading to the beach, and the 4WD track to your right. This 4WD track will take you to the beach, where you’ll have to stop to let down your tyres.