Lucky Bay is a spectacular camping ground 60km east of Esperance on the southern coast of WA within Cape Le Grand National Park. We stopped here for a week in April, and the girls were thrilled to return to what Brioni calls “my favourite place in the whole world”.

Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, Western Australia, April 2013
Coming around the bend in the road, this is the view that greets you at Lucky Bay.

Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, Western Australia, April 2013
The fine white sand beach is contrasted by the huge granite boulders at either end of the bay.

Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, Western Australia, April 2013
The water is so clear here, and dolphins often come into the bay to ride the larger waves.

I love the remoteness of Lucky Bay — mobile-phone access is only possible if I climb the tall granite mountain that overlooks the bay. The girls love the adventures they can have on the beach and exploring the granite rock formations. The rangers and campground hosts are friendly, and even the wildlife regularly hops through camp to see if anyone has left food scraps out.

Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, Western Australia, April 2013
When we stopped here in April, the girls insisted it was still warm enough to go swimming.

Kangaroos at Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, Western Australia, April 2013
Kangaroos come out on the beach to scavenge fish scraps from the top of the waves.

Kangaroos at Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, Western Australia, April 2013
The kangaroos are technically wild but are so used to visitors to Lucky Bay that they don't hop away if they're approached slowly and carefully.

Lucky Bay is maintained by national park rangers, and minimal camping fees apply. Unlike most WA national parks, this camping ground has solar hot showers as well as designated camping/parking sites, bbq facilities, toilets and picnic areas. Minimal recycling facilities are offered, which is a nice change from most places, and the quickly-filled bag of aluminium cans is emptied regularly.

Thistle Cove, Cape Le Grand National Park, Western Australia, April 2013
From Lucky Bay, a short walk through the bush and boulders leads to the picturesque Thistle Cove.

Whistling Rock, Thistle Cove, Cape Le Grand National Park, Western Australia, April 2013
Whistling Rock stands guard at Thistle Cove. We think it looks like a whale breaching with its baby on its back.

When we leave Lucky Bay tomorrow, it’s with the promise to ourselves that we’ll come back next time we’re in the state. It’s a peaceful driver-reviver stop after the Nullarbor Plain and a great introduction to the beauty of Western Australia!