The whitest beach in Australia
26.11.2016 - 28.11.2016 24 °C
Cape Le Grand National Park
56km east of Esperance is Cape Le Grand National Park, which features some of the most beautiful beaches on earth, like Lucky Bay, Hellfire Bay, Le Grand Beach and Thistle Cove. Lucky Bay is famous for its pure white fine sand and the kangaroos that play on the beach.
Lucky Bay was “discovered” by Matthew Flinders when navigating into a storm in the treacherous Archipelago of the Recherche in January 1802. He soon found his ship surrounded by a large number islands and rocks. Nightfall was coming on. When they eventually found shelter in the bay just before nightfall, he named it Lucky Bay.
We ended up staying three nights because it was just so peaceful and beautiful. The sand is so fine is feels unreal, and squeaks when you walk barefoot. Lucky Bay was voted the whitest beach in Australia (a tough call when compared to Esperance, but probably true). Kangaroos are everywhere, and are so used to people that you can touch them and walk between them in the camping area as well. One weird day we had 37 degrees (with 24 degrees on either side) and there were flies everywhere ... only to disappear again the next day.
We did short drives in the park to climb Frenchman Peak (very steep) for some magnificent panoramic views. Visits/picnics at Thistle Cove and Hellfire Bay were so lovely with birds everywhere, a whistling rock and places where the ocean pours through holes in the rock plates. At Frenchman Peak we had a wonderful conversation with two German backpackers who have been sleeping in their station wagon every night for the last four months (nothing that unusual) but… they have never paid for a night’s accommodation! It can be done (if you’re young enough!)
One of the unexpected highlights was to find real coffee on the beach. I can safely say that I’ve never bought a cappuccino from an Aboriginal barista, on a white sandy beach, surrounded by kangaroos before!
Now we were ready to tackle the Nullarbor. Time to head north for 200km and then east!