Rocky Mountain High

Trip Start Feb 29, 2012
Trip End Apr 02, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Saturday, March 17, 2012

We arrived with fingers crossed knowing that getting a site at popular Cape Le Grand National Park can be tricky. But we were lucky again and found a good sheltered spot at Le Grand Beach. Excellent facilities and helpful rangers.Within a couple of hours the campground was full. Despite overcast skies and continuing wind the rain stayed away and by day 3 we had sunny skies.

Most parts of the park are accessible by road so we've done the tour and checked out beautiful Hellfire Bay, Thistle Cove with its haunting Whistling Rock and Lucky Bay, the other campground which has a lovely sweeping beach and where we found kangaroos grazing in the seaweed.

In the walking department, we scaled Frenchman Peak very early in the morning before any other hikers. It is almost conical and very steep which posed a real challenge for my balance and fear of heights. Ivars loped up like a mountain goat and stood on edges that made me shudder. Once again we were rewarded with spectacular views, despite overcast skies, and there was a wonderful large cave to explore just below the summit.
We walked the Thistle Cove- lucky Bay track, not quite as challenging , but very enjoyable and lovely scenery featuring many rocks that reminded me of standing stones.

Ivars walked the challenging track across rocky slopes from Le Grand Beach to Hellfire Bay and was lucky to spot and photograph the pretty dragon. I enjoyed a sleep-in
We've driven 21 k along the beach to Wylie Bay which is only about 10k from Esperance - so close we just HAD to go in and find a coffee. Back to the park by road was about 30 km longer.

A final evening stroll along windy Le Grand Beach saw the end  to our time at this beautiful park.
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