Cape Le Grand

17th August 2013
I am trying to catch up with the days that I didn’t blog. Exactly one month ago, we drove from Esperance to Cape Le Grand, leaving the Kedron in the caravan park.

At the entrance to the park, while completing the registration forms, we noticed this kangaroo watching us close by.

Nearby I spotted this interesting plant.

The view from the park entry.

As we drove in, we noticed these bushes.
(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)

The bushes dot the scenery and make an interesting foreground to the mountains and hills in the background.
(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)

We drove down to Cape Le Grand beach. The wind was still blowing a gale, whipping up the surf.

Lesley didn’t even get out of the car – it was so unpleasant.

We checked out the camping grounds at Cape Le Grand Beach – would be a possibility in the future, although some of the sites would be difficult to get into.

We drove on to Hell Fire Bay. This bay is a bit more protected and we both went out to explore this stunning bay.
(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)

We drove on to Thistle Cove – a beautiful bay with spectacular scenery.

There would be some interesting walks in this National Park. Definitely not on a day like this. You would be fighting the wind every step of the way.

(Lesley’s photo)

Interesting rock formations
(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)

Although looking out to sea, it seems calm, the waves still come in with great force.

(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)

Bushes and flowers in this area asked to be photographed.

An orchid growing under a bush – hardly any soil to be seen.
(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)

These birds enjoyed sailing in the strong wind.

(Lesley’s photo)

This amazing bird perched on top of a twig long enough for us to take photos. We believe it is a New Holland Honeyeater.

Spectacular flight.
(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)

We proceeded to Lucky Bay, another beautiful bay with great views.

(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)

A small monument tells us that Matthew Flinders named the bay ‘LUCKY’ during his circumnavigation of Australia to chart the coastline.
(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)

Last stop was at Frenchman Peak. Not sure whether there is a connection with Nicolas Baudin who explored the area around the same time as Matthew Flinders. Baudin had a broader objective than Flinders. Apart from charting, his party collected thousands of specimens and even recorded words of the Tasmanian Aborigines language.

This is the view from the parking area beneath Frenchman Peak.
(Lesley’s photo)

Looking up at Frenchman Peak. Somewhere there is a path up there. I was not tempted…
(Lesley’s photo)

We returned to Esperance where we had a meagre Kebab for lunch, did some grocery shopping before returning to the caravan park.

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3 Responses to Cape Le Grand

  1. Kay says:

    Beautiful banksias, grevilleas & orchids. we liked the beach down the walkway, sand so white. neither did we walk up the Frenchmans walk but could see folk up at the top-just.

  2. Phyl says:

    Nice pic of the bird in flight, I thought it was a gold wing cos we have them in our back yard but I could be wrong! Phyl Love the area, look forward to a return trip. Phyl

  3. wandwill says:

    Love the photos, especially the rock formations, Sandra thought they were exceptional

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