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Phone: (08) 9083 2100
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Phone: (08) 9083 1555
CAPE LE GRAND NATIONAL PARK
For more information contact the Department of Parks and Wildlife in Esperance on 08 9083 2100.
Located approximately 60 km East of Esperance, Cape Le Grand is one of Western Australias best known and most spectacular National Parks.
Pristine and perfect are two words that reflect the absolute beauty of Lucky Bay. Here you will find an ocean coloured all imaginable shades of blue, sand so white and fine it squeaks between your toes and the extraordinary sight of kangaroos sunbathing on the beach - just incredible!
Matthew Flinders spent a few days here back in 1802 and its easy to see why - stop for a moment to take in its breathtaking beauty or stay a little longer at the Lucky Bay campsite that comes complete with solar hot showers. Just imagine waking up to crystal clear water, snow white sand and a kangaroo for company.
Entry fees can be paid at the park's entrance and the Ranger will collect camping fees from you direct. You can camp at either Lucky Bay or Cape Le Grand Beach. Facilities include tank water, septic toilets, solar heated showers, camp kitchens and barbecues. No power/No shops/No fuel. No bookings for camping, it's 1st in 1st served.
Frenchmans Peak - 3km return. A track leads from the car park, up the gentle east slope of the peak, to the summit. Features great views over the Park. Allow 1.5 hours hard walking.
Coastal Track - 20 km one way. The track runs from Cape Le Grand Beach via Hellfire Bay to Rossiter Bay, and features excellent coastal views. Always carry drinking water with you.
STOKES NATIONAL PARK
Beautiful coastal and inlet scenery approximately 80 km west of Esperance. Entry fee applies.
Two camping areas near inlet. Pit toilets, barbecues. No power or water. Camping fees apply. No bookings for camping, it's 1st in 1st served.
Heritage Trail-4.3km return, 1.5 hr easy walk. The trail has on-site plaques describing changes which have occurred to the inlet environment. The path gives magnificent views of the inlet and surrounds.
CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK
Approximately 120 kms to the east of Esperance by good road is the Cape Arid National Park featuring magnificent granite headlands, crystal clear waters and sparkling white sands.
Entry fee and camping fees apply. Check road conditions as most of the roads in Cape Arid are 4WD accessible.
Limited facilities at the camp grounds. No power or water. No bookings for camping, it's 1st in 1st served.
Len Otte Nature Trail- 1km return, 1 hr. Features views over the Park and a close look at the varied plant and animal life of the area. Pick up a brochure from the box at the start of the trail.
Tagon Coastal Walk-7km return, 4hr. Features views over the wild coastline. In Winter, you may be lucky enough to spot one of the Southern Right Whales, which often come close in shore in the bays.
Mt Ragged Walk - 3km return, 3 hour. A stiff walk to the top of Tower Peak (585m). Mt Ragged is a steep sided pre-cambrian ridge surrounded at about one third height by a wave cut platform.
PEAK CHARLES NATIONAL PARK
100kms inland from Stokes national park, Peak Charles, an ancient granite peak, and its companion, Peak Eleanora, give sweeping views over the dry sandplain heaths and salt lake systems of the surrounding countryside. Towering 500 metres above the surrounding plain, Peak Charles is visible for more than 50 kilometres in all directions. The park lies within the Great Western Woodlands, an internationally significant area of great biological richness. The granite peaks have weathered to orange and brown hues. There are many unusual rock formations, and numerous species of orchids grow on the slopes. About 40 million years ago, both peaks were islands, and wave-cut platforms can be seen on their upper slopes.
The walk to the Peak Charles Lookout is a medium 2 km, 1 hour climb. This magnificent hill has attracted the attention of experienced rock climbers, as its steep eastern face offers high quality climbs of up to 300 metres in length.
FITZGERALD RIVER NATIONAL PARK
Fitzgerald River National Park covers an area of 329,039 ha and lies on the central coast of Western Autralia, between the towns of Bremer Bay and Hopetoun, 420km south-east of Perth. It is one of the largest and bontanically significant national parks in Australia, with approximatily 15 per cent of the State's described plant species.
*West Mt Barren - allow 1-2 hours
*Point Ann Heritage Trail - 1 hour
*Twertup 'Horrie and Dorrie' - 1-2 hours
*East Mt Barren - 3 hours
*West Beach Point - 1 hour
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