Cape le Grand National Park Esperance

Stunning National Parks Near Esperance You Should Visit

Hop to it and visit these incredible national parks moments away from Esperance.
Cape le Grand National Park Esperance
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Hop to it and visit these incredible national parks moments away from Esperance.

Put on the active gear, and prepare to wear in those hiking boots as we take you on a journey through national parks near Esperance. It’s the outdoor lover’s perfect starting block when it comes to exploring national parks in Australia’s Golden Outback.

Here we list the national parks you can explore all within an easy drive from Esperance.

Stokes National Park

Stunning National Parks Near Esperance You Should Visit
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We can forgive you for going snap-happy when it comes to Stokes National Park with its rocky headlands, dunes, lakes and shady coastal paperbark trees-in-water shoreline something to marvel at. This 14 sq km inlet is the largest nearby Esperance and is a prime spot when it comes to water activities, and fishing as this deep water bay is breaming with it – literally.

Black bream, King George whiting, mullet and Australian salmon are just some of the catches of the day found here. If casting a reel is not your game, there is also plenty of hiking trails calling with scenic spaces Skippy Rock, Shoal Cape, Fanny Cove and Stokes Inlet ready to be explored. 

With abundant birdlife, kangaroos, and occasionally seals calling the park home; this coastal gem is one spot worth venturing too.

Park entrance – $15 per vehicle 

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There are only camping options within the park. Visitors must take note to bring water as there is no drinking water within the park. 

Benwenerup Campground – This spot is suitable for two-wheel-drive vehicles and has 14 sites of various sizes on a first-come, first-serve basis. Barbeque and toilet facilities available. Prices per night from $11 per adult, $7 per concession cardholder, $3 per child (over 5 and under 16 years)

Skippy Rock Campground – Access to this campground is restricted to four-wheel drive only and has 9 camping sites. Toilet facilities available. Prices per night from $8 per adult, $6 concession and $3 per child (over 5 and under 16 years)

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Fanny Cove Camp – Access to this campground is restricted to four-wheel drive only. This coastal camping spot has no camping fees. Toilet facilities available. 

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Cape Le Grand National Park

Stunning National Parks Near Esperance You Should Visit
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Grand is in the name of this park for a good reason. Conveniently located 45 minutes outside of Esperance, Cape Le Grand National Park is a day-tripper dream with jaw-dropping scenery at almost every twist and turn (and mountain peak!).

Hop to it as this remarkable park is also home to a gimmicky but quintessentially Australian sight – roos’ by the beach. Australia’s whitest beach, Lucky Bay attracts a beach-loving kangaroo colony, thus a perfect photo hop-portunity. Its coastline is beyond idyllic with Twilight Beach and Salmon Beach translucent blue waters and pristine sands the ultimate definition of beach perfection. 

Cape Le Grand isn’t just all about beachside living as its also ones to test the joint muscles with an epic grade-5 rocky climb up Frenchman’s Peak for the most priceless panoramic views of the park, coastline and beyond.

Park entrance – $15 per vehicle 

Accommodation

There are two camping spots within the park. Visitors must take note to bring water as there is no drinking water within the park. Barbeque and toilets facilities available.

Le Grand Beach Playground – This spot is suitable for two-wheel-drive vehicles and has 14 sites of various sizes on a first-come, first-serve basis. Prices per night from $15 per adult, $9 per concession cardholder, $3 per child (over 5 and under 16 years)

Lucky Bay – This spot is suitable for two-wheel-drive vehicles and has 56 sites of various sizes on a first-come, first-serve basis. Prices per night from $15 per adult, $9 per concession cardholder, $3 per child (over 5 and under 16 years)

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Cape Arid National Park

Stunning National Parks Near Esperance You Should Visit
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You may be reaching towards the South Australian border, but that does not mean the beauty of the state has reached its almighty end – enter Cape Arid National Park.

This four-wheel-drive playground is an hours’ drive east of Esperance and has plenty to see across this vast area covering a whooping 2,794 sq km so strap yourself in for a scenic adventure! Cape Arid’s remoteness is what makes this park so attractive with its bio-diverse parks, beautifully blue-hued beaches, and rugged terrains to appeal to hard-core nature enthusiasts.

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This wilderness wonderland is home to over 1100 types of species and plants and attracts 160 species – so bring the binoculars for many rounds of bird bingo! It is not all about glancing towards the sky as migrating whales can be seen swimming along the coastline from late winter to early spring.

Bushwalking is a popular way to appreciate the park’s gorgeousness – either along the coast along the Tagon Coastal Trail (make sure you look out for whales at Dolphin Cove!) or Len Otte Nature Trail. If game, you can reach new heights by heading along the Mt Ragged Walk Trail, and climbing the park’s highest point, Tower Peak. Just short of 600m, the peak forms part of the jagged Russell Ranges and is comprised of ancient elevated quartzite.

Stay

There is only one camping spot within the park. Visitors must take note to bring water as there is no drinking water within the park. Barbeque and toilets facilities available.

Mt Ragged Campground – Access to this campground is restricted to four-wheel drive only and has no camping fees.

Get more out of your Esperance trip via our guide of Things to Do in Esperance.

Explore more of Australia’s Golden Outback via roadtripcountry.com.au


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