Feature National Park: Cape Le Grand National Park, Esperance

Cape Le Grand National Park (Photo: Colin Ingram)

There aren’t too many places in Australia where kangaroos sunbake on the beach, but at Cape Le Grand National Park this is just one of the many natural highs on offer. Its other claim to fame is having the title of the official “whitest sand” beach in Australia.

This pristine, remote and wild park near Esperance is known for its stunning scenery and idyllic beaches where you can go swimming, bushwalking, fishing and camping. The landscape changes from massive granite outcrops to freshwater pools and unbelievably white sandy beaches with views over many islands. Lucky Bay is home to a colony of friendly kangaroos which are often seen soaking up the sun.

Cape Le Grand National Park offers a great camp site and picnic area. With beachside views and tranquil atmosphere, this is camping at its best.  There are many excellent bush-walking trails through the park, which traverse the rugged coast and beaches – enjoy the views and then stop off for a refreshing dip in the ocean. Rock-climbing is popular at Frenchman’s Peak and Mount Le Grand.

In spring Cape Le Grand National Park bursts into colour as wildflowers bloom, including groves of banksia. You can reach Cape Le Grand National Park by conventional vehicle in about half an hour from Esperance or join a day tour.

Bush walks include Frenchman’s Peak, a three kilometre return hike. A track leads from the car park, up the gentle east slope of the peak, to the summit. This walk features great views over the Park. Allow 1.5 hours hard walking.

Also the Coastal Track is a 20 kilometre one-way trek. The track runs from Cape Le Grand Beach via Hellfire Bay to Rossiter Bay and features excellent coastal views. Remember to always carry drinking water with you.

More information can be found here: https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/cape-le-grand