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About Coastal Trail, Cape Le Grand NP
This is ideally a multiple day walk, taking 2 or more days to complete, however it can be done in a single day with approximately 8 hours walking. You can start from either end; at Rossiter Bay or Le Grand Beach. The walk can also be tackled in shorter sections with vehicle access points at Lucky Bay, Thistle Cove and Hellfire Bay. The access road from Lucky Bay to Rossiter Bay is unsealed.
Rossiter Bay to Lucky Bay – Class 4, 6.6km allow 2-3 hours, medium walking.
Rossiter Bay, a long beach, is one end of the walk. Up and over the first ridge, the vast expanses of Lucky Bay fold out below. The bright white sand is so fine that it squeaks when you walk.
Lucky Bay to Thistle Cove – Class 3, 2.5km allow 1 hour, easy walking.
The easiest part of the walk, with spectacular views in every direction, even out to sea to the Recherche Archipelago.
Thistle Cove to Hellfire Bay – Class 5, 4.7km allow 2 to 3 hours, hard walking.
From Thistle Cove the trail is mostly granite which becomes dangerously slippery when wet. On approach to the isolated beach of Little Hellfire Bay, you are beckoned for a swim by this extraordinary panorama.
Hellfire Bay to Le Grand Beach – Class 5, 6.2km allow 3 hours, hard walking.
The walk to Le Grand Beach is the most difficult with the trail taking walkers up and downhill - often at awkward angles.
Camping is available at Lucky Bay and Cape Le Grande. Book through Park Stay
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Time / Duration
1 hour to 2 days depending on section chosen.
Up to 20km
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails)
- Minimum 2 litres of water per person per day
- Sturdy shoes
- Sun hat or bike helmet (compulsory in WA)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+) and insect repellant
- Binoculars and camera (optional)
- Map or guide book where suggested
- Snacks and/or lunch depending on length of trail
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions including a water/windproof jacket
- First Aid kit
Additional Useful Items+ extra water
Very experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills, including navigation and emergency first aid. Tracks are likely to be very rough, very steep and unmarked. Walks may be more than 20km.
Visit Trail Tips for further information.
Hazards & WarningsThe trail surface comprises granite rock, sand, gravel and boardwalk, with the steep slopes of granite becoming slippery when wet. From Thistle Cove the trail is mostly granite which becomes dangerously slippery when wet, so caution is required. Ring DPAW for current track conditions.
FacilitiesFree gas BBQs located at Lucky Bay, Hellfire Bay and Le Grand Beach. Camping grounds at Lucky Bay and Le Grand Beach. Fees apply.
- BBQ Facilities
- Car Park
- Picnic Area
- Public Toilet
- View Platform
Best time of year
September to January, March to May
National Park fees apply
Road, air or bus to Esperance. Road to trail.
Prohibited ItemsNo pets are not allowed. Open fires not permitted.
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4 trail goers have rated Coastal Trail, Cape Le Grand NP as 4.75 out of 5!
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Fayley Arthur rated Coastal Trail, Cape Le Grand NP a 5 out of 5
Claire Hearn rated Coastal Trail, Cape Le Grand NP a 5 out of 5
Emily Pinkus rated Coastal Trail, Cape Le Grand NP a 4 out of 5
This walk certainly has it's difficulties - mostly in the form of steep ups and downs on granite outcrops, which are sometimes at awkward angles. You wouldn't want to do the sections between Cape Le Grande Beach and Thistle Cove in the wet. In fine weather though, the views are sensational - especially in the sections between Hellfire Bay and Lucky Bay.
I took all day to do all four sections, with a few nice breaks along the way. It was a pretty tiring day but I still smile thinking about how good it was.
My favourite section was Hellfire Bay to Thistle Cove, which took 2 hours. There were some very steep hills (up and down) but the views out to the Researche Archipelago and into the bays were incredible!
My second favourite section was Thistle Cove to Lucky Bay - this was easy and the views were very good. It took just under an hour and the path was formed for a lot of it.
The section from Rossiter Bay to Lucky Bay would be best in the morning with the sun behind you (I did it in the late afternoon and it was nice but you miss out on that incredible aqua colour with the sun in your eyes). There are some frustrating times where the trail doesn't quite go close enough to the edge of the cliffs to see the ocean but coming down into Lucky Bay is very nice. Thankfully the sand is pretty firm as there is about 2.5km of beach to walk into Lucky Bay.
I didn't love the section from Cape Le Grande Beach to Hellfire Bay, but my husband did. There were many awkward sideways angles that my hips and feet didn't like much. Plus the trail was mainly far from the coast so the views weren't as speccy. There were lots of great granite formations and lizards to keep us interested though and maybe I was just in a bad mood that morning (I'll be doing it again soon so I'll let you know if my opinion changes).
All in all the coastal trail is an excellent walk which I would highly recommend if visiting Cape Le Grande National Park. Bring your walking poles to help your knees on the downhill slopes and take your time - perhaps break it up over 2 days.
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Cresting Rossiter HillThe first view of Lucky Bay and the far off mountains on this amazing hike
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