Blessing of the Fleet: Turquoise Coast, WA

The Blessing of the Fleet is an age-old maritime tradition that originated in the Mediterranean.  A blessing from the local priest is meant to ensure a safe and bountiful season.  On the west coast of Australia, there are many commercial fishing fleets that work out of local ports, marinas and coves. For years, we had…

Beach combing at Dunn Rocks

Some maps say Dunn Rocks, others say Dunns Rock. One road sign said Dunn Rocks and another said Dunns Rocks.  So we dunno the right name really… East of Lucky Bay in the Cape Le Grand National Park on the south coast of Western Australia, there are some great beach tracks.  We spent all day…

A grand place to camp

Crystal clear waters and squeaky white sand. Cape Le Grand National Park on the south coast of WA is, quite simply, stunning.  The Cape was named in 1792 by Admiral D’Entrecasteaux in honour of Le Grand, an officer on one of the ships in his French expedition. Le Grand’s ship was called L’Esperance. After a…

I should be so lucky

Lucky Bay was given its name in 1802 by a thankful Matthew Flinders who found shelter there from a summer storm. The bay is protected from most winds, although a strong southeasterly can hammer across the water.  For most of our time at Cape Le Grand we made daily trips the 12km across to Lucky…

Close encounters of the ocean kind

Launching the tinny at Le Grand beach became an eventful and, at times, stressful experience.  Early in our trip, there was little swell and so mastering a beach launch in small waves really wasn’t too hard.  But as the swell began to pick up we found it increasingly difficult to get out through the waves.…

Shoal Cape

Shoal Cape is a magnificent beach just around the corner from Fanny Cove on the south coast of WA.  There is a windy limestone track which takes you there, via some steep and very boggy sections that would make you think twice about taking a heavy camper in there. The track opens into a clearing…

Quagi Beach

At Quagi Beach, off the South Coast Highway west of Esperance, there is a Shire campground. It seemed dusty and busy and didn’t hold a lot of appeal for us.  Being outside the National Park, campers can bring dogs and so makes it an attractive campsite for some.  As well as about 20 dusty sites…