On the coast up near Lancelin, about 100km north of Perth, Ledge Point was established to service the local fishing industry, which is underpinned by crayfish.
This part of WA’s coast is recognised internationally as one of the great windsurfing venues, and in January each year they hold the prestigious Ledge Point to Lancelin Windsurfing Classic, which draws enthusiasts from throughout the world.
Divers are attracted to the wreck of the Dutch ship Vergulde Draeck which went down after striking a reef on April 28, 1656. The wreck wasn't discovered until 1863 by a group of Aussie spearfishers.
In 1972, a full expedition was mounted to systematically excavate the remains of the ship's cargo and fittings, but little remained because looters had been at it. Nevertheless, over several months, a quantity of artefacts was recovered, including beardman jugs, ceramic masks and medallions, clay tobacco pipes, bronze and brass utensils - for example, a bronze mortar with the inscription Amor Vincit Omnia (Love Conquers All) - tools and accessories, glass bottles, a tool-box, and various armaments.