Cape le Grand, WA
Cape Le Grand National Park is a national park in Western Australia, 631 km south-east of Perth and 56 km east of Esperance.
The park covers an area of 31,801 hectares (78,580 acres) The area is an ancient landscape which has been above sea level for well over 200 million years and remained unglaciated. As a result, the area is home to many primitive relict species. Established in 1966, the park is managed by the Department of Environment and Conservation. The name Le Grand is from one of the officers on L’Esperance, one of the ships in the 1792 expedition of Bruni d’Entrecasteaux.
The largely granite shoreline and white sand beaches are picturesque features of the area. The park is a used for fishing, off-r0ading, tourism, and hiking. Beaches within the Park include those at Lucky Bay, Rossiter Bay, Hellfire Bay, Le Grande Beach, and Thistle Cove. The islands and waters to the south of the park are known as the Recherche Archipelago Nature Reserve, another protected area of the Recherche Archipelago and nearby coastal regions. The Cape Arid National Park is located to the east. The south-west section of the Park is dominated by rock outcrops of gneiss and granite. These form a distinctive chain of peaks including Mount Le Grand (345 m), Frenchman Peak (262 m) and Mississippi Hill (180 m). Further inland, the park comprises mostly heath-covered sandplain, interspersed with swamps and pools of freshwater.