Our travels across the Nullabor have brought us down to the south coast of WA east of Esperance. Exploring this coastline for the past 3 weeks has been amazing. A description of the place really wouldn’t do it justice. The area is littered with great free camps like the Dunn Rocks Beach camp and a local town hall in Condingup being our favourites. The coastline keeps on delivering with fantastic beaches each with their own perks.
Planning our travel destinations we had read and heard of the hype around Lucky Bay, one of the most famous of the Esperance Beaches, the beach with the kangaroos, located within the Cape LeGrand National Park. We were fortunate enough to snag a five night stay at the Lucky Bay Campground to soak up the place for ourselves.
We rocked up midmorning to a very busy campground. After reading the notice boards at the entry to the camp we found the camp host that you are required to meet prior to setting up, find yourself a site that is empty and make yourself at home. We chose site No.6 which has a great view over the bay. The campground has a total of 53 sites, each spaced out nicely and surrounded by shrubs. You do not feel like your neighbour is on top of you. There are two amenities blocks with hot showers, yes hot showers out here in the middle of nowhere, which is great after a day in the ocean. There are two camp kitchens with stovetop cooking facilities and sinks to washup, a great place to catch up with fellow travellers who mingle around having a chat late into the evening. One tip regarding your site, make sure you bring with you screw in tent pegs if you want to secure any shade awnings with guide ropes as the ground is hard. In addition, you will need to bring your drinking water with you. There is water available however it is recommended to boil this water for a period of time prior to consumption. Check out the notice boards adjacent to the campground entry which provides you with all the info you need regarding boiling the water, in addition to walking trails, campground layout, and the national park do’s and don’ts.
The reason travellers come to this area is to see the beach, the colours of the sand and ocean bring with it a chilled vibe. We spent a good five to six hours each day on the beach. We drove down onto the beach, rolled out the awning for some shade, setup our chairs and spent time just soaking up the feeling of being free with not a care in the world. We had awesome weather each day, so we were fortunate to see the beach in all its glory, with clear blue water against the white sand, it really is a pretty beach. We all enjoyed getting out onto our newest member of the family, “Bluey” our inflatable paddle board. We all had a brilliant time in the ocean and soaking up the sun, some real family time. The only real challenge each day was trying to pry the kids away from the beach to head back to camp for dinner.
The beach sand itself is compacted hard on the western end where you enter the beach. A two-wheel drive vehicle can easily park up on the beach to set up for the day which many do. The far end to the east can get quite soft with a bit of right foot required in a 4wd. A café van sets up on the beach near the entry most days during the busy periods. You can purchase ice-creams, a variety of coffees, damper with jam, muffins, and drinks. The kids did get a little spoilt with an ice-cream or two!
During our time here the salmon run was starting up and the water was full of schools of fish. We spotted the local Bronze Whaler shark cruising up the beach of a morning which was the talk whilst mingling around the café van waiting for your coffee. The rocks on the western end are a good spot for a fish where we managed to get a few squid.
So, would we recommend Lucky Bay??? Most definitely. It really is a great beach. The majority are along this beautiful coast. If you want a place a little less touristy then I recommend the beaches further east of Lucky Bay. We were very impressed with the campground and the cleanliness of the place. The camp hosts do a great job and the local rangers are in the area each day attending to emptying the rubbish bins and keeping the amenities clean.
Within the vicinity of Lucky Bay there is Cape LeGrand Beach, Frenchmans Peak, and Rositter Bay, all worth checking out, all within a 5 to 10 minute drive from Lucky Bay.
A few key points to consider if you are venturing this way to stay at Lucky Bay Campground
▪ Book well in advance of your stay especially during peak seasons. We booked our March stay back in January.
▪ Upon arrival check in with your camp host prior to choosing your site. In the late afternoon the camp host will do the rounds and give you a run down on the place.
▪ Bring your own drinking water
▪ There are no gas bottle refills or ‘swap and go’ in the area so make sure you bring enough gas for your stay for cooking and to keep your caravan fridge running for those travellers in caravans
▪ Bring screw-in tent pegs as the ground can be quite hard
Lucky Bay needs to be on your list when travel to this part of our wonderful country.
Safe Travels, Adam