Lucky Bay and Frenchmans Peak

Lucky Bay Esperance

On our recent visit to the lovely town of Esperance, we booked a site at Lucky Bay which has sealed road access in Le Grande National Park about 65 km East. Lucky Bay is a camping ground with very well laid out sites for all sizes of caravans, campers trailers and tents. The sites are level on hard packed gravel, some have retaining walls, there is plenty of space between sites. There is no drinking water or power available so come prepared. Of the 56 sites, many of these have gorgeous views over Lucky Bay.

Lucky Bay Esperance

Lucky Bay Esperance

Near the entrance to the camping ground, there is a sealed day parking area and an access point so you can drive on the beach.

Lucky Bay Esperance

If you have thoughts of camping here you must book online with the National Parks, you cannot drive in on the chance of getting a site.

The amenities are very new and first class, I think the best we have seen, hot showers and a super camp kitchen and also a number of covered picnic spots and BBQs scattered about. Nice walk trails can be explored where you will find beautiful views.

Lucky Bay Esperance

But the most unique part of Lucky Bay is not only the white squeaky sand and crystal clear water, but you can meet up with the Western Grey kangaroos that come down on the beach, they are very quiet and they will approach and you can pat them, they are also in the camp but most of the time they are after food so don’t feed them and don’t leave food or rubbish outside, they will find it!

Lucky Bay Esperance

Lucky Bay Esperance

Matthew Flinders took refuge here in 1802 from a storm hence the name “Lucky Bay”, you will find some interesting information and memorials about his stay around the bay.

There is a number of other beaches and camps to visit which are only a few kms away but I think Lucky Bay is the better one.

On the way in about 3 km from the camp on the left-hand side of the road you will see Frenchmans Peak, and if you look closely you will see that it has a cave at the top which you can see all the way through, at the base there is a carpark with information about the trail and difficulty,it is rated a grade 5 walk so you will need a reasonable level of fitness, it is very steep going up so be aware, I took 2 ½ hours to go up and down. The best part though is to explore the cave at the top so take some time to sit and enjoy the view.

Lucky Bay Esperance

Lucky Bay Esperance

Lucky Bay Esperance

Entry to the National Park is $13 per car, camping fees are $11per person or $7pp for concession holders.

Bookings must be done online at

Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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About Chris & Wayne Bullard

Retirees Chris and Wayne Bullard have 2 kids and 6 grandkids. They love the "grey nomad" lifestyle having been around Australia a couple of times and are going around again!

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