Saturday, 19 January 2013

19-26 January 2013 - Lucky Bay, Cape le Grand National Park WA

This entry is mostly just a showcase of photos of the stunning beach that is Lucky Bay and some nearby beaches in Cape le Grand National Park. 

Beaches in Cape Le Grand NP, WA

Driving into Lucky Bay

Some gangham style dancing at Lucky Bay!

We managed to get a spot in the campground, which even had a solar hot water shower.  What a luxury for a national park campground. 

Our campsite at Lucky Bay
Keeping cool in our campground at Lucky Bay

We decided to start school work a week before the official start on 27 January, so we did some work in the mornings and then explored in the afternoons.  Lucky Bay is a huge bay with a fair bit of seaweed washed up near the main campground, but further around, it was white sand, unusual two toned sea water and most days, beautiful clear blue skies.
An example of the two-toned blue water in the national park

At the lookout at the end of Lucky Bay
The kids used their boogie boards and we realised it was probably the most ocean swimming they’d ever done and it was great to see them enjoying the ocean so much.  At one beach they did get severely dumped.   Kate was left in tears and had her board snapped in half.  The dumping however, also gave them a dose of reality too.  I said it was a good example of the need to respect the ocean, but they couldn’t get the concept of ‘respect’ in relation to the ocean at all.   They think of ‘respect’ as being polite, well-mannered etc.  After much explaining I still don’t think they got it, but they certainly could understand that the ocean is more powerful than they are.
The sand was white and look at the line up of 4WD on the beach!

An impromptu swim without togs!

Apparently the beaches in and around Esperance are rated amongst some of the world's most beautiful beaches and we believe it.   The colours of the water and the sand are difficult to do justice using photography.  Simply gorgeous!

From Lucky Bay we drove into Esperance to celebrate Australia Day at a local Rotary market and fair before beginning the almost 500km drive west to Albany.

Our Australia Day 2013 cake, Esperance, WA

Our route thus far.....
Traveller’s Tips:  Cape le Grand camping $9 adult, $6 concession, $2 per child.  Ranger will collect fees.  Untreated water is available.  Flush toilets and solar showers.  Cape le Grand and Hellfire Beach are good for family swimming. Telstra reception is only available near Frenchman’s’ Peak or at Cape le Grand car park.  Esperance is 50 km away with a  Woolworths supermarket, Woolies and Coles Express service stations.

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