Cape Le Grand National Park is one of the most beautiful national parks in the world, found 8 hours south-east of Perth and 30 minutes east of Esperance. Cape Le Grand National Park is home to white sandy beaches, friendly kangaroos, rugged coastal peaks and sweeping heathlands. The natural beauty is so breathtaking, and the best part is that you will basically get to experience it alone. The park is so remote and only has two small campsites, so there won’t be large numbers of tourists around. This is a guide to visiting Cape Le Grand National Park, covering fees, camping, hiking and other tips.
Cape Le Grand National Park Fees
The fees for visiting Cape Le Grand National Park are:
$13.00 per private vehicle.
$7 per vehicle with a concession card
$7 per motorbike
$6 for each coach passenger
You can pre purchase a national parks pass online.
Cape Le Grand National Park Camping
You can book campsites in Cape Le Grand National Park online. When you book online you will be charged for the camping and national park entry fee. On arrival into Cape Le Grand National Park, you will show your booking confirmation to the ranger.
There are two main campsites in Cape Le Grand National Park.
Lucky Bay Campground
Perhaps one of the most beautiful campsites in the world. From your campsite, you will have stunning views of the Bay and can expect the occasional visit from the local kangaroos. The cost is:
$11 per adult.
$7 for a concession card holder.
$3 per child (6 – 15 years old).
The campsite facilities at Lucky Bay have been recently
Cape Le Grand Campground
This campsite is also on the
$11 adult per night
$7 concession card holder per night
$3 child per night (over 5 and under 16 years)
Both campsites are amazing!
Tips for camping in Cape Le Grand National Park
- Water available at the campgrounds is not suitable for drinking, so bring lots of filtered water along with you.
- Campfires are not permitted in the park.
- Poison baits are used in the park to kill foxes and wild cats, so be careful if you are camping with pets.
- You can book campsites up to 180 days in advance.
- You can not camp without a booking.
- Wifi is available to make a booking, but it is recommended to pre-book as the campsites are busy and there may not be availability.
- You can only book one campsite per night.
- You can stay for up to 14 nights in school holidays and 28 days outside of school holidays.
Cape Le Grand Beaches
All the beaches in Cape Le Grand are incredible.
Lucky Beach, also known as the beach the Kangaroos call home. This is perhaps one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and is quickly becoming an iconic Australian beach. During the summer months, you will find Lucky Bean cafe on the beach of Lucky Bay. This is a great place to grab a morning coffee and soak in the views.
Hellfire Bay is a bay with pristine waters and white sand. We had this perfect beach to ourselves for hours, as we watched dolphins playing around in the waves offshore. If you have time, this is the perfect beach to take a walk along.
Little Hellfire Bay
From Hellfire Bay you will see a sign to Little Hellfire Bay, which you can reach on a 20 minutes return coastal walk.
From Thistle Cove Beach, you can adventure up to Whistling Rock
Rossiter Bay is only accessing by 4WD or foot, so, unfortunately, I didn’t get to visit. But I have no doubt, that like every beach in Cape Le Grand National Park, it is amazing! Rossiter Beach is approximately 6kms past Lucky Bay.
Cape Le Grand Beach
Cape Le Grand Beach is a long stretch of white sand beach that leads all the way to Esperance. Visitors can 4WD along Cape Le Grand Beach. Or you can take some snacks down and find a place to relax for the day!
Cape Le Grand National Park Short Walks
Lucky Bay to Lucky Bay Lookout
5kms return. 2 hours. Class 2!
To get to Lucky Bay lookout, you follow Lucky Bay Beach. The lookout is nestled among the rocks at a marked historic point. This lookout provides sweeping views of Lucky Bay and granite headlands.
The Lucky Bay Lookout hike is 5 kms return and takes around 2 hours to complete.
Lucky Bay to Flinders Monument
1.2kms return. Allow 45 minutes. Class 2!
This short walk takes you to a monument overlooking Lucky Bay. From the monument, you can continue to hike up the headland. We spent the day relaxing on the headland with a bottle of wine. Perfection.
3km return. Allow 1.5 hours.
A track leads from the car park, up the gentle east slope of the peak, to the summit. From the top, you get great 360 degree views of the Park.
Cape Le Grand National Park Hikes
There are plenty of hiking trails in Cape Le Grand National Park. Most of the hiking trails are a section of one long trail, the Le Grand Coastal Trail. The best way to explore the entire coastline by foot may be to split the trails into smaller sections and complete them over a couple of days.
Le Grand Coastal Trail
20kms. Class 4.
This trail follows the coast, passing Cape Le Grand Beach, Hellfire Bay, Thistle Cove, Lucky Bay and leads all the way to Rossiter Bay.
With the exception of the sections of the trail that run along the beach, the trail is marked by pegs and pruned vegetation.
You can start the trail from several points.
The trail is broken into 4 main sections:
Lucky Bay to Rossiter Bay
6.6kms one way. Allow 2.5 hours. Class 3.
This a moderately difficult walk that follows the beach east to the Lucky Bay lookout and then inland over coastal health and granite outcrops, past Mississippi hill and onto Rossiter Bay.
Lucky Bay to Thistle Cove
2.5kms one way. Allow 1 hour. Class 3.
This is an easy walk from the Lucky bay beach past Flinders Monument and across low coastlands to Thistle Cove. The trail provides views over rugged rocky headlands that descend steeply into the sea. From the high point, a sign will identify out bays, peaks and islands.
Thistle Cove to Hellfire Bay
4.7kms one way. Allow 2.5 hours. Class 4.
This section of the trail is hard walking, offering wonderful views of the rocky outcrops and windswept lands. Midway the trail briefly descends into Boulder Bay.
Hellfire Bay to Le Grand Beach
6.2kms one way. Allow 3 hours. Class 4.
This is another difficult section of the trail, that traverses the rocky slopes of Mount Le Grand, providing uninterrupted views of other peaks.
Tips for hiking in Cape Le Grand National Park
- Always carry drinking water with you.
- Be prepared for sudden changes in the weather.
- Wear sturdy hiking shoes, sunscreen, a hat and carry a waterproof jacket.
- Stay on the marked trail.
- If you take rubbish with you, bring it home with you and put it in a bin. This includes food scraps.
- Don’t pick wildflowers.
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