Lucky Bay...Lucky Us!!!

Trip Start Apr 05, 2011
Trip End Nov 15, 2012

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Cape Le Grand National Park

Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Monday, May 9, 2011

With Esperance being an old favourite of ours we intended to stay there for four nights, however friends recommended we camp at Lucky Bay in Cape Le Grand National Park to the east of Esperance. Based on their recommendation we decided to split our time and spend two nights at each.

As soon as we drove around the bend and down the hill we were blown away by the scenic splendour of Lucky Bay. The sand was as white as snow and the water a stunning turquoise blue. Rod reversed the van into position in one swift movement like he had been doing it for years and here we were, set up with million dollar views over Lucky Bay.  Yep, how could we not stay here for all four nights!

We walked around the area and got our bearings.  Later that afternoon two couples we had met around the camp fire at Frazer Range Station arrived so we enjoyed a drink together as we watched the sun set majestically over the hills behind our camp.

We were sitting around after dinner having a chat with one of the couples when I looked around to see a kangaroo had come up right behind Rod's chair, any closer and it would have had its head on his shoulder! We were delighted to know that the locals are friendly.

We awoke to the most amazing sunrise; the sky was ablaze with colour and watching it across the water just added to the splendour.  As the early colours of the sunrise drained away and a bright blue sky evolved we headed off on a hike from Lucky Bay to Rossiter Bay.

The first stage of the walk was a comfortable stroll to the far end of the beach along nice, flat and firm sand. After scrambling across some granite rocks to look at the little pools beyond we climbed the stairs up to the viewing platform and then started along the rustic track which clearly does not get much use.  The trail afforded us the most amazing views back over the bay and to our campsite.  Again, the pristine white sand and soft turquoise of the ocean framed by the lush green foliage and smooth granite rocks had us spellbound.

The walk was fantastic, up over the granite rocks, across the ridge covered in low growing heath and scrub. We were really enjoying the walk, the changes in vegetation, the rock climbing and then… out it slithered… a Tiger snake! Rod was walking ahead of me and it slid out as I walked past, I moved so fast I nearly ended up on Rod’s shoulders!

Needless to say once we arrived at Rossiter Bay we decided to walk back via the 6km corrugated gravel road rather than chance another encounter with any reptiles. Whilst it was nowhere near as special as the track we had come over on, we had lots of kangaroos entertaining us as we walked along the road.

Back at the camp in the early afternoon Rod was outside talking to the camp hosts when a Tiger snake slithered across the top step of the track leading to our camp, just meters from where we were set up… yep, I really needed to know that!

After starting day two of our stay with a nice long walk along the beach we then drove into Esperance for the rest of the day. We needed to collect supplies and make contact with the outside world as we had no coverage at Lucky Bay, along with having a look around town of course.  We were rapt to visit the old Tanker Jetty and find Sammy the sea lion posing for us in the warm afternoon sun.

Up early again we did a lovely walk from Lucky Bay to Thistle Cove. A much shorter walk than the 14 or so km’s we had done on our Rossiter Bay walk, it was again up and down granite rocks and through the low growing scrub.  Thistle Cove was delightful with the clear turquoise ocean lapping against the edge of the smooth granite rocks. We took a seat on the rocks and took some time to really enjoy the serenity.

We went for a drive to other areas of the park and then returned to camp, walked around to the rocks on the right hand side of the bay and looked back over the beach to see a couple patting a kangaroo.  We walked along the beach and the kangaroos were still there, they made no attempt to move on as we approached them.  The mum was too busy chewing on seafood to even care so the young roo sat patiently with its long dark lashes flashing as we patted its shiny soft coat.

Later in the early evening we joined everyone for a drink… One of the guys, a character by the name of Uncle; was telling us how delighted he was that he had caught a squid having waited 7 months to go fishing. A little later a young boy came over to him and said ' there is a kangaroo at your van and he has his head in a bucket’… the squid!!! We were all in stitches with laughter as Uncle ran across the campground to his caravan.  The squid all but gone, eaten by a kangaroo!

Our last morning and we couldn’t resist one last walk along this stunning beach, trying to just soak it all up and enjoy the moment. We just couldn’t get enough of the pristine beauty of this amazing national park and felt so lucky that we had been able to enjoy it for four nights.

Whilst it was hard to leave we knew we had more adventures to come and it was time to push on… one last look back over the bay and we were on the road again with the big white beast following behind us!

Highlights of Lucky Bay:

-          Camp site location and the views

-          Stunning beach – to look at and to walk along

-          Bush walking – could have done without the reptile

-          Patting a kangaroo on the beach

-          Sammy the sea lion at Esperance
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Flashmick on

how did you know his name was Sammy? Name tag?

Kaz on

I see you are really missing us - and our early Melbuorne winter.

Daz on

Val S. on

Photos are great and together with the collection of words... paint a great and colourful story!!! It's all good reading .... continue to enjoy the journey.

patanja on

Sounds great ........has Sammy still got his weight issue!!


Lucky Bay seemed like a nice place to visit until you mentioned the snakes!!!!!

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