The best hybrid caravans open up a world of opportunities to travel around Western Australia and view the state’s amazing destinations, including Cape Le Grand. It’s perfect for a romantic getaway or family adventure, with crystal clear beaches and stunning wildlife. Whether you’re going solo, in a small group, or with your extended family for a big reunion, Cape Le Grand belongs on your travel bucket list. Here’s what you need to know about caravanning to this gorgeous corner of WA.
DESERT & BEACH IN ONE PLACE
One of the biggest draws to Cape Le Grand is the combination of desert and beach. You can see both sides of Western Australia by caravanning to this awe-inspiring national park. It’s 631 kilometres southeast of Perth and 56 kilometres east of Esperance. The 78,580-acre park covers ancient land that’s remained above sea level for 200 million years. Because it hasn’t glaciated, the parklands are home to a range of primitive relict species. On one side you have the rich red sand interiors and rocky formations, and on the other, there’s turquoise water for swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, and much more.
The southwest corner is arguably the most spectacular with huge granite and gneiss peaks contrasting with the picturesque coastal plains. Many Australian animals call this park home, and visitors often see western grey kangaroos and pygmy possums. Colourful wildflower fields make it an even more gorgeous backdrop.
BEAUTIFUL COASTAL LOCATION
Cape Le Grand became a national park in 1966 and was named after a ship officer on the L’Espérance. There are several driving routes you can take to and from Esperance that showcase the red sand interiors, just remember to follow Merivale and Cape Le Grand Roads.
If you’re driving down from Perth along State Route 40 and National Route 1, you can always make a pit stop at Wave Rock. This is your chance to check out the natural rock formation that looks like a huge breaking wave. You can stay the night and continue the five-hour drive in the morning, and then see the real ocean waves at the breath-taking Cape Le Grand Beach.
There’s a lot you can see and do in Cape Le Grand. Some of our favourite suggestions include hiking through the rocky landscape or relaxing on the white-sand beaches. Frenchman Peak is a great coastal climb to try if you have the energy. It’s 262 metres to the top but well worth it when you see the stunning panoramic views of the Recherche Archipelago. If you prefer something a little calmer, considering walking along the Le Grand Coastal Trail to see some of the park’s best coastal sections from Le Grand Beach to Rossiter Bay. As long as you have a great trailer for camping, you and your family or friends can sleep comfortably after taking in all the wonderful desert and beach views at the Cape Le Grand Beach or Lucky Bay campgrounds. These camping facilities have picnic tables, gas barbecues, toilets, and running water for family-friendly camping.