Cape Le Grand National Park

Esperance has some of the best beaches in Australia, with blinding white sands, crystal clear waters and endless hours of peace . Some of the most stunning can be found in Cape Le Grand National Park (which does require a small entry fee).


The cape was named after an officer who was part of a French expedition in 1792 . The French were among the first to explore western south coast of New Holland.  The expedition , which departed on September 1791,was under the command of Admiral Bruny D’Entrecasteaux who was commissioned to search for lost explorer Jean-François de La Pérouse, who had not been heard of since leaving Botany Bay in March 1788.

During the expedition the two ships L'Esperance and Le Recherche encountered a storm off the south coast. Fears were raised that the ship would be wrecked if they couldn't find a safe harbour. Le Grand, one of the ship's crew, climbed the masthead as the ship rolled in the wild weather and spied a safe anchoring place. In honour of the crew member who saved the day, D’Entrecasteaux named the cape, Citizen Le Grand.

Lucky Bay, Thistle Cove and Hellfire Bay are within a small driving distance of each other and offer an unforgettable experience.

Lucky Bay

Lucky Bay is the largest of a string of beautiful beaches located in Esperance's Cape Le Grand National Park. The bay stretches for 5km and if you are lucky enough you may even find yourself sunning yourself next to a kangaroo.

Migrating whales can be seen frolicking in the deep blue waters between July and October.

If you enjoy bushwalking there are numerous tracks that will give you stunning views of Recherche Archipelago.

Lucky Bay has camping and motorhome facilities including picnic areas, solar-heated showers, BBQs and toilets. No bookings needed, just first in best dressed.

Thistle Cove

Thistle Cove is home to whistling rock.

Address:  Cape Le Grand National Park, Lucky Bay Road, Esperance, 6450

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