Indian Ocean Drive

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Indian Ocean Drive
Western Australia
View south towards Leeman, 2014.
View south towards Leeman, 2014.
General information
Type Rural road
Opened 2010
Route number(s) State Route 60
Major junctions
South end Lancelin
North end Dongara
Major settlements Cervantes, Jurien Bay

Indian Ocean Drive is a coastal road in the Australian state of Western Australia which links Lancelin with the Brand Highway, just south of Dongara. In terms of regions, most of it exists in the Wheatbelt (Western Australia) coastal region.

On 26 September 2010 the final section of 65 kilometres (40 mi) of sealed road from north of Lancelin to the old Pinnacles Desert Drive, approximately 10 km south of Cervantes, was opened. The section was completed at a cost of $95 million.[1] On completion of the extension, State Route 60 was extended along the length of the road.

The new road provides travellers between Perth and Geraldton a 30-minute shorter and more scenic route than the inland Brand Highway. The Brand highway will continue to service heavy traffic.[2]

In December 2010, the state's Geographic Names Committee, on behalf of the Shire of Gingin, requested that the City of Wanneroo rename the northern section of Wanneroo Road to Indian Ocean Drive. A motion was put forward at the 14 December 2010 council meeting to rename the section from Yanchep Beach Road north to the intersection of Gingin Brook Road renamed, reasoning that terminating Wanneroo Road at Yanchep National Park would "be good for tourism". However, Mayor Jon Kelly considered the proposal a "futile and worthless exercise that was tantamount to heresy". Other councillors called it "offensive to the pioneers" of Wanneroo, and wished to retain the name Wanneroo in the area's only main road. An alternative motion stating that the council "does not agree" to renaming the road was passed instead.[3]

Localities on coast[edit]

From the Perth metropolitan region that ceases before Yanchep: -

  • Two Rocks
  • Guilderton
  • Seabird
  • Ledge Point
  • Lancelin
  • Wedge Island
  • Grey
  • Cervantes
  • Jurien Bay
  • Green Head
  • Leeman
  • Coolimba
  • Illawong
  • Port Denison
  • Dongara

See also[edit]

Australia road sign W5-29.svg Australian Roads portal


  1. ^ Kent Acott (16 September 2010). "Indian Ocean road to drive new boom for coastal strip". The West Australian. 
  2. ^ "Indian Ocean Drive". Main Roads WA. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
  3. ^ "Forget about renaming Wanneroo Rd". Joondalup Weekender. 16 December 2010. Archived from the original on 25 December 2013. Retrieved 25 December 2013. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Indian Ocean Drive at Wikimedia Commons