Cape Le Grand
Cape Le Grand National Park hugs the pristine southern coastline 50km south east of Esperance and is accessible by bitumen road or 22km along the beach for the four-wheel drive enthusiasts. This park has some of the most stunning beaches and views within the state and even the country. Crisp pure white sand and sparkling water with varying shades of blue up against rocky headland is simply breathtaking.
If you are travelling in a four-wheel drive then the beach track is definitely the way to go between Esperance and the national park. The 22km track begins at Wylie Bay, off Bandy Creek Road, just east of Esperance and finishes at Cape Le Grand Beach within the national park. The speed limit along the beach is 60km per hour and you should be aware of tidal activity and know when to engage in four-wheel drive and reduce tyre pressure if required. This stretch of coastline is very scenic with miles of beach for fishing, trail bike riding or just relaxing and taking it all in.
Pet owners and trail bike riders take note that dogs and bikes are permitted on the beach Wylie Bay end, but when you reach national park territory, some half way up the coast, they are not allowed on park land.
The most popular and scenic coastal attraction in the park is undoubtedly Lucky Bay. The white and blue contrast of the sand and water is stunning and tourists and locals flock to the beach in the warmer months to enjoy swimming, beach sports and of course nature’s backdrop. There is a protected swimming area upon entry to the beach and plenty of waves further along. A camp ground is located at Lucky Bay with separate areas for tents and caravans.
Rossiter Bay is a softer sandy beach and the eastern end of the Coastal Trail (walking) popular with hikers and bushwalking enthusiasts. The 15km track winds around all the bays and promises some spectacular scenery along the way. Shorter sections of the track can be walked between each bay. If walking trails aren’t for you then cast a line in at Rossiter Bay and try your luck.
Thistle Cove is a small bay area with a protected swimming and sunbaking area behind rocky outcrop, a nice quiet beach to relax on. Whistling Rock is another attraction at the cove. When the wind is blowing this rock is whistling as a result of gaps in its structure.
Hellfire Bay is another popular spot with turquoise waters and white sands set amongst the granite headlands. Great facilities are provided here with brick paving, sheltered picnic area, gas barbecues, toilets and coach parking. This is the perfect place for a picnic and a dip.
Cape Le Grand National Park boasts some of the best coastal scenery we've seen
. The warmer months are the most enjoyable time to visit the park as the southern coast can become extremely windy all year round. Wildflowers are in bloom between September and November and water activities are popular between November and February depending on weather conditions. Camping grounds are located at both Lucky Bay and Le Grand Beach and fees apply to both park entry and camping.
If you’re travelling the south coast of Western Australia make sure you include Cape Le Grand National Park on your itinerary. You will most certainly be impressed.
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Destinations in Western Australia
Cape Le Grand
Cape Range National Park
Eighty Mile Beach
Fitzgerald River National Park
Gibb River Road
Kalbarri National Park
Kennedy Range National Park
Porongurup National Park
Port Denison Dongara
Torndirrup National Park
Wellington National Park
William Bay National Park
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