A breadth of granite peaks rising from coastal plain and trimmed with headlands and white-sand beaches, Cape Le Grand National Park, in southeast WA, is grand indeed. Kissed by sun and sea breezes in summer and often bludgeoned by southerlies and cannoning waves in winter, the park is a spectacular bushwalking Western Australia destination year round, although the rock is slippery when wet.
The Cape Le Grand Coastal Trail runs 15km from Le Grand Beach to Rossiter Bay, via Hellfire Bay, Thistle Cove and Lucky Bay, and the magnificent headlands that separate them. It takes all day. Or you could enjoy 3-4 hours of spectacular walking from Hellfire Bay to Lucky Bay.
On the flat you’ll rock-hop across mini bays and trail footprints along pale sand lapped by too-blue water. On the rises you’ll traverse granite domes gifting grandstand views, walk through drifts of banksia, grevillea and acacia and seas of wind-pruned coastal heath awash with wildflowers in spring-summer.
Look out for echidnas, western grey kangaroos and shimmering lizards.