Most people know Lucky Bay near Esperance in WA but there is also a Lucky Bay campground 46km south of Kalbarri and it doesn’t disappoint. Both are wonderful bases to explore two unique National Parks – one on the west coast the other on the south. For us it was, regretfully, the last beach stop in WA before we crossed the border.
Lucky Bay, Kalbarri
How does a protected bay, reef, massive sand dunes and a budget campground only 50 metres to the beach sound?
As you travel 2km down a gravel road, you will come across the camp host where you pay your fees of $15 per night per vehicle and he points you in the right direction to camp.
It can be windy out there but there is plenty of protection from the wind.
CAMPS Ambassadors, Dale and Tracey said from where they camped, it was a short walk to the beach where you could fish or have a swim. It is also dog friendly.
You can drive on the beach here and Kalbarri is only 40 km to the north. Kalbarri National Park is a wonder worth exploring – especially the brand-new skywalk, the dramatic coastline and a Western Australian icon, Nature’s Window.
Facilities/features: Toilets (accessible), firepits, dump point, mobile coverage, generators allowed, picnic tables. Bring your own water, firewood and portable toilet if you have one. 28-day limit.
Best time to visit: Winter.
Access: Four-wheel drive recommended, there is 2 km of sandy road.
Bookings: Currently no bookings, pay on arrival. It will soon be run by a local Aboriginal organisation.
Images thanks to Adams Family Travels
Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park
This beach will leave you spellbound. Located 59 km south east of Esperance, it has had a $4.2 million makeover, making more room for campers. Fish, swim, snorkel, say hi to the kangaroos and Matthew Flinders’ plaque.
The sheltered bay is ideal for swimming, snorkelling, fishing, surfing and launching small boats. Be aware that these beaches are notoriously treacherous for vehicles and it is easy to become bogged in the most innocent looking wet or dry sand.
Facilities/features: Accessible toilets, solar hot showers, BBQ, camp kitchen, picnic tables, boat ramp. Generators are allowed. No fires or solid fuel appliances, so BYO liquid or gas fuel BBQ, stoves and heaters, except during a fire ban.
Best time to visit: February to March.
Access: Two-wheel drive is all you will need to camp here – note that these beaches are notorious for boggy conditions. Ask the ranger about surface conditions and tides.
Bookings: Online bookings and day fee.
Images by CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE
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