Hellfire Bay

Experience : Cape Le Grand National Park

Frenchman Peak

Cape Le Grand is truly an amazing place.  Only 50km east of Esperance on sealed road is a sand plain covered in heath lands, swamps and freshwater pools that is framed along the coast by picturesque beaches with the whitest sand you have ever seen and crystal clear water of the most radiant turquoise.

 

Throughout the park are outcrops of granite and gneiss rock that make a chain of mountains – Mt Le Grand (345m), Frenchman Peak (262m) and Mississippi Hill (180m).  The granite mountains were caused by movement of the Earth’s crust over 600 million years ago and the peaks were islands during the late Eocene period.

 

Beaches

Hellfire Bay hides the most fantastic beach we have ever seen, with the whitest sand and the bluest waters.  We chose to stay here for lunch and cooked up some lamb chops on the free BBQ.  We also met a great family who were holidaying from Bunbury.

 

 

While we didn’t get to check it out, Lucky Bay is a favourite for many because of the kangaroos lazing on the beach.  This unspoilt beach was voted the Whitest Beach and also has nearby camp grounds.

 

Le Grand Beach was gorgeous and the white sand went on and on and on.  We did the 22km drive to Wylie Bay along the beach.

 

Hiking

There are several bushwalking trails throughout the park that take anywhere from one to three hours to complete.  We did the Frenchman Peak hike to the summit and got some amazing views over the park and coastline.  The climb is up steep granite slopes, so make sure you have appropriate footware and once you get to the top, there is a magnificent arched cave to give you some cool shade.  If you keep following the markers, you can get to the utmost peak and feel like you’re on top of the world!

 

 

It said to allow 2 hours for the steep climb but we nailed it in an hour.

 

 

Camping

Camping is allowed at two campgrounds – Lucky Bay and Le Grand Beach.  Facilities include showers, flushing toilets and a camp kitchen.  Fires are not allowed.

 

 

If you’re just visiting for the day, gas BBQs and picnic areas are located at Lucky Bay, Hellfire and Le Grand Beach.   Fishing and boating is also allowed and the species that can be caught include Australian salmon, whiting and black bream.

 

4WDing

We took the scenic route back to town and drove along the beach from Le Grand to Wylie Bay. It’s a 22km drive along the sand and gives you great coastal views of the ocean.  Make sure you check tide times and beach conditions before attempting the drive.

 

 

Entry to Cape Le Grand National Park is $11 per vehicle, and if you want to camp, it’s an additional $9 per person.  Parks Passes are also available but they only cover the entry to WA’s national parks, not camping.

 

A pretty flower at Cape Le Grand National Park