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The trip to Mt Ridley is quite easy without
the need for a 4WD, however it’s best to use
one after rain because the track can get a bit
slippery. There are beautifully shaded campsites
at the base of the outcrop amongst casuarinas,
quandongs and pincushion hakeas. The rock
formations in this location are incredibly unique.
An impressive wave rock can be found on the
south-eastern side, en route to the summit,
with breathtaking views from the top and on the
western side. Huge granite boulders have been
hollowed out by the elements and are cave-like
within, sheltering Aboriginal art sites.
We ask photographer and author
Dan Paris about his three favourite
Cape Le Grand National Park
This national park is only a short drive from
town and accessible for 2WD and caravans.
The campgrounds here are pretty well
equipped. At Lucky Bay, you camp in a thicket
of banksias metres from one of the most
pristine beaches in the world, with pure white
sand and impossibly blue, crystal-clear water.
Kangaroos can be found relaxing on the beach
and wandering through camp, and at Cape
Le Grand, brumbies are often seen drinking
fresh water from the creeks. There is a boat
launch and it’s also a great place to go diving
(and perhaps catch a glimpse of the elusive
leafy sea dragon). If you’re feeling energetic,
Frenchman’s Peak is a fantastic place from
which to survey the sweeping panorama of
ancient granite headlands and sheltered bays.
Leaving Footprints in Esperance by Dan Paris
provides low-impact, inexpensive experiences in
the region’s most beautiful, natural settings. It
retails for $19.50 and is available from danparis.
com.au and Esperance bookshops.
Located in the Stokes Inlet National Park,
Shoal Cape is a beautiful, private little
campsite, but you will need a 4WD to get
there. The site is nestled in a grove of
trees, perched on top of dunes that give
you a bird’s eye view of the beach, with
its turquoise lagoon fringed by a rich and
diverse coral reef. You can fish, dive or just
watch the birds flitter by. Catch a wave at
one of the nearby beaches or explore the ruins
of the Moir homestead. The facilities are basic,
so you’ll need to be self-sufficient, but the
views are spectacular.
A wave rock formation at Mt Ridley
(Photography Dan Paris).
Cape Le Grand (Photography Dan Paris).
Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand (Photography Dan Paris).
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