CAPE LE GRAND NATIONAL PARK
Tourist Places Cape le Grand National Park, The most spectacular coastal landscape in Western Australia
The national parks and nature reserves of the Esperance region form a network of protected areas due to the presence of rare species of flora and fauna as well as landscapes of unspoiled beauty Cape Le Grand National Park is one of Western Australia’s national parks, located about 600 km southeast of Perth and east of Esperance.
How to get to Cape Le Grande:
It is possible to reach Cape Le Grand National Park by conventional transport in about half an hour from Esperance which is about 40 km. The Esperance region is located about 800 km from Perth and can be reached by car or by direct scheduled flights Virgin Australia departing from Perth.
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The area is an ancient landscape that has remained above sea level for over 200 million years and has remained without agglomeration. Consequently, the area hosts many species of primitive wrecks.
Founded in 1966, the park is managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife.
The name Le Grand comes from one of the officers, one of the ships.
This pristine park is known for its stunning scenery and idyllic beaches where you can swim, bushwalk, fish and camp. The landscape changes from massive granite outcrops to freshwater pools and incredible white sand beaches overlooking many islands. Lucky Bay is home to a colony of friendly kangaroos that are often seen sunbathing.
The beaches within the park include those of Lucky Bay, Rossiter bay, Hellfire Bay, Le Grand beach and Thistle Cove. Lucky Bay is one of the most beautiful and unique bays in Australia; it extends for over 5 kilometers approximately.
It is possible to practice rock climbing inside the park; the most popular is at Frenchman’s Peak and Mount Le Grand. In spring Cape Le Grand National Park is colored with wild flower buds, including thickets of banksia.
The main recreational sites are located in the southwest corner of the park. Dunn Rocks on the east side of the park is picturesque and popular, but it’s also a great place to go fishing. It’s nice to be able to relax with a picnic in one of the sheltered spots overlooking the beach at Hellfire Bay or Lucky Bay, or go exploring hissing rocks at Thistle Cove.
Stroll along the wide beaches where the sand creaks underfoot or swim, surf, fish or recreational boating in the park’s perfect bays. Boats can be launched with caution from Lucky Bay and Cape Le Grand Beach.
It is also possible to explore the wilderness of the park on the Le Grand Coastal Trail, which connects many of the park’s most spectacular coastal areas between Cape Grand Beach and Rossiter Bay.
If you still have energy to burn, then a climb to Frenchman Peak (262 m) is worthwhile and will be rewarded with wonderful panoramic views of the park and the islands of the Recherche Archipelago. Camping rates apply and campsites operate on a first-come-first-served basis.
Coastal risks are significant in this area. Some website contains essential information on rock fishing safety.
In this area there is the presence of wild bees which are known to be a problem; it is therefore preferable to avoid and stay away from active hives.
The journey from Esperance to Cape Le Grand National Park is by road closed. The roads to all recreation sites in the park are also sealed, except for the secondary road to Rossiter Bay, which is rated for two-wheel drive.
Useful information for travel arrangements or for the tourist visa application can be found in detail on the “Australia Visa Guide” page.