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…

Somewhere on the west coast

Well it used to be the secret spot, but most Perth-ites who like camping know about it now.  We’ve been going there for over 15 years and have certainly seen it change. Nonetheless we are not naming names. Not now, not ever. For us it is still our secret spot nestled away in the dunes…

The end of our Esperance expedition

After a month away from home, our summer holiday had come to an end. We had such a great time exploring new places, pushing our camper to new limits, fishing new spots and loving this lucky country. Esperance has always welcomed us and we know we will be back.  The beaches, bays and coves still…

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…

Out to Cape Arid

Cape Arid National park is a magical place on the south coast of Western Australia.  The Park is located around 120 km east of Esperance and lies on shore from the eastern end of the Recherche Archipelago. The bay at its western end is Duke of Orleans Bay, and the bay at the eastern side…

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…