18.03.2012 - 26.03.2012
As we arrived in Esperance after our long journey over the bite, we took comfort in the idea of a hot shower and clean running water at the local caravan park. The park was on the waterfront and the views... well not quite the postcard.
With the inclement weather we used the time to stock up, read books and share dinners with Cactus Beach friends Guy & Steph.
Under light cloud cover we headed to Cape Le Grande NP, Lucky Bay. Like a scene out of Jurassic Park we drove through the large gates in awe of the changed landscape...
...This felt like a great place to base ourselves and relax for several days.
The park claims the whitest sand in Australia, perhaps no one has told them about Jervis Bay (!) but it's definitely up there.
The fresh water running down onto the beach attracts Wallabies and other wildlife. A popular draw card for international backpackers.
A theme park for adults with several bays to chose from, all offering the most spectacular views, not to mention the surfing, kiting, fishing and diving... Brad was in heaven and fish was finally a regular on the menu.
From Lucky Bay we cycled to Le Grand Beach. It was a nice surprise to bump into our friends from Perlubie Beach, Rob and Rhonda. Whilst Brad and Rob were diving, Jen and Rhonda climbed Frenchmans Peak.
One of the highlights here was meeting the Champion family (how good is their surname!) who've been on the road for 6 months. The introduction was made through their eldest of 3 boys, Jake who had developed a passion for fishing during their travels. After 50 fishing related questions and stories, dad came over to help. From there we hit it off and spent time just hanging out together.
After a long welcomed stay at Lucky Bay we were on the road towards Albany via Scott's inlet. We arrived late in the evening and discovered a crime scene the following morning...
...To shake our heavy hearts we decided to spend the morning exploring the remote inlet. This was one place we could have easily stayed longer but kms under the belt won over.
Our next stop around Albany/Denmark needed to be a reasonable stay in order to miss the Easter school holiday rush; and to properly celebrate Brads Birthday; top of the list, Parry Beach.