Blogs from Cape Le Grande National Park, Western Australia, Australia, Oceania


This week has been mostly about getting from A to B, day after day. It has involved some long distances and some very close attention to the fuel gauge at times. After leaving Murray Town, we went straight through Port Augusta without stopping Geoff falsely assuming there would be a fuel stop on the western side of the town... Unfortunately that assumption was not the best one, but we then thought there would be fuel at a place called Iron Knob, a town of some size. Wrong again, after turning onto the Eyre Highway some 30 kms away from Port Augusta we were greeted with a sign that said the next fuel stop was just on 200 kms further on. Now that was really not good news, but there was no turning back. We dribbled along ... read more
Coodlie Park 'beach'
'Peg 222' Nullarbor Plain rest stop
Oversize loads

When it came time to leave Hopetoun I couldn't resist a last beach photo and also checking out the train timetable to catch the train to Ravensthorpe. Judging by the fares and time table, we must have missed the train by over 60 years! Oh well, you can do the walking trail and dream of the clickity clack and sooty air left behind by the old steamer. Apparently the train took 3 to 3 ½ hours to travel between towns, whereas we drove the roads in 45 minutes. I was having a quick look through Marg's Fitzgerald River National Park photos and she had a very nice set of images of the wild flowers. I have included these with this blog. I hope you like them. From Hopetoun we travelled to Esperance and found that most ... read more
Thistle Cove 6
No luck for this couple
Hopetoun Railway Station

After spending two nights at a secluded rest area just west of Walpole, Linda and I began the second week of our West Coast road-trip (Monday 4thMay) by taking a scenic detour through more of the South-West's famous towering forests (along the aptly-named Valley of the Giants Road) before venturing back to the coast to visit the small but spectacular William Bay NP. On a sunny day this might have been the highlight of our trip so far, as we first encountered the delightful Green's Pool - where a scattering of huge granite boulders encloses a picturesque lagoon, perfectly sheltered from the Southern Ocean swells that batter most other parts of the coast – before rounding a headland, descending a flight of steps and squeezing through a narrow gap in the rock to see the Elephant ... read more
Avenue of Heroes
Rugged Coastline
Spectacular Scenery

Wednesday 4 September Waking up to little droplets of rain on the roof was not pleasing, it has been a long while since we last saw rain and that would have been when we pulled out of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia when it was hurling down so heavily the creeks were flooded and where we managed to get Gypsy wet inside. It was certainly not heavy rain, but enough to dampen enthusiasm, but it is moving day so we need to rally ourselves. By the time I was out of bed the rain had stopped, but the day was overcast and very cool, which made it easy for packing up. I cannot remember what time we left Kalgoorlie and the cloud behind, we fuelled up on the way out there is a large BP ... read more
Lucky Bay
Rossiter Bay
Hellfire Bay

Kalgoorlie, we know we are getting close when we see all the mine sites along the highway, twin cabs race two and fro, passing our modern day caravansai of three vans, and the babble of voices on our two way as they pass by.Then it sounds like someone is out the back of a mine site, looking for his own “nugget”. It's hard to imagine that out there in all that red dirt the gold is just sitting there, waiting to be found! Haha. Gold fever has set in.(We tried out the metal detector, but no luck!)We find our van park and settle in. First stop the laundry, we haven’t washed any clothes for a week so there’s plenty to do. The showers are great, the last one we had was on the Nullabor, do you ... read more
Main St
Civic building
Hotel at Boulder

Having an early start off the Nullarbor run yesterday (Saturday), we headed south to Esperance Info Centre to get our National Parks pass for the time we will be in WA. It is $8.00 per day, $40 per month, or $50 per year. Since we will be in WA for 3 months and visit several parks over the time, we opted for the annual pass. Armed now with our access, we headed east from Esperance for 50 odd ks to Cape Le Grand. It is a grand and interesting place. The high granite rocks (345 meters from sea level) are thought to have been islands now pushed up out of the sea. (Or are sea levels now 50 meters lower than the past) The landscape has many boulders that have dropped off the peak, and others ... read more
Cape Le Grand
The road to Cape Le Grand
Esperance 1

We had heard a lot of good reports of Lucky Bay and it certainly didn’t disappoint! A beautiful calm bay with amazing granite boulders on one side and sweeping sand hills on the other. Again the sand is the whitest of whites and the water so clear. The camp ground is busy but we find a nice spot with a view of the bay to set up camp. We are immediately greeted by several kangaroos who we decided must be the Campground Hosts. We settled in and then went for a walk to explore the rock pools and amazing granite formations of Lucky Bay. The morning saw mals removed from bags, wetsuits on and a paddle out to explore the coast line from the water. There was plenty of fish and sea life to be discovered ... read more
Greeted by the Campground Hosts
Whistling Rock
Surfing the Rock

Driving out of the Ceduna the last major town in South Australia’s west, I had visions of an endless lifeless plain stretching west to the gold mining town of Norseman. How wrong can a person be, apart from a “short stretch” around Yalata there was an abundance of trees and birdlife, although we saw no animals until we visited Eucla. The South Australian stretch of the Nullarbor rewarded us with sightings of the stunning Wedge tailed eagle and the stunning coastal views at the head of the Great Australian Bite. The views of the cliffs and dunes were superb and the chance to stop for lunch and to stretch our legs was welcome. It was then on to the Nullarbor Roadhouse for a very expensive fuel stop ($2 per litre) before driving two further hours to ... read more
Only 1766 kilometres to go
And so it begins
A nice spot to stretch the legs

Arriving on a beautiful warm day, Lucky Bay was one of the most picturesque places we have visited on our trip so far. A long clean beach with squeaky fine white sand, small perfectly formed waves, freshwater streams to the water’s edge, impressive rock outcrops and azure blue water made it a scene to behold. Only problems were the 50 million flies per person. Wish we had fly nets like the ones Yvonne, Chris and other workers in this south western corner of the country seem quite happy to wear. We were guilty of stripping a small twig from a bush to use as a fly swat. This proved better than no protection at all. The shorts came out of the cupboard again as the temperature soared to 33 degrees. Forgetting the wisdom of not hiking ... read more
Kangaroos use the fresh water pools on the beach
Lucky Bay is stunning
One day later the bay looks quite different as the storm approaches

Day 59 – Monday 27th August – Boondi Rock to Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park It was another sunny, blue sky morning as we departed our little campsite. We spent about 15 minutes clearing the fly thingies out of all the nooks and crannies in the tent and the kilos of flies that committed suicide in the trailer sink. Yuk. On the road again we made a very brief stop at Calgardie, once the third most important town in Western Australia in the time of the gold rush in the late 1800’s. Unfortunately we don’t have the time to explore the Goldfields Historical trail so will have to come back here. 40kms further on is Kalgoorlie-Boulder, home of the world’s largest open cut gold mine. Around Kalgoorlie there used to be lots ... read more
The campground at Boondi
A rare sight - Anna reading
Quick walk on Boondi Rock

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