Lucky Bay DEC Campground
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Lucky Bay DEC Campground

Cape Le Grand National Park, Esperance, Western Australia 6450 Australia
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Cape Le Grand National Park, Esperance, Western Australia 6450 Australia
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Tammy M wrote a review Jan 2020
Perth, Australia166 contributions30 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
9 nights here. Just a beautiful spot. Did the coastal walk trail to thistle cove in the morning. About 2 hours return. Class 3 to 4 walk. Waking every day to see an empty beach was beautiful and calming. Fishing off the rocks on east side of the bay was a winner. Fed three families (herring). Camp sites are large and clean. The refined gravel on the sites keeps the dirt from the van at bay. The sites are quite level. The toilet facilities are clean. The best ive seen for a beachside park. It is run by solar panels so shower mid morning or mid afternoon . Ranger comes through morning and night for rubbish. This site id rate 4.5 out of 5 stars. Loses half for not lighting walkways to bathroom or camp kitchen and no van dump site here so guests are dumping in the toilet block.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Beacygirl wrote a review May 2021
Fremantle, Australia411 contributions126 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived at Lucky Bay mid afternoon and after a quick drive around to choose our spot (and getting told off twice for driving too fast – lesson learnt) we snagged site 25 for a couple of nights. Great views over the Bay and good optus reception. Straight down to the besutiful beach for a look around then back a little later for some early evening drinks while soaking in the view.

There are 2 sections to the campground. The lower section (14 – 22 with 20 being the camp host at the moment) is closer to the beach, less wind and has access to a toilet block, separated into male and female, with a few flushing toilets and a couple of showers each. Very clean at all times. There are also 2 outdoor showers to rinse off when you’re coming off the beach. The downside is that except for maybe a couple of the sites the views of the bay aren’t that great. The higher section is served with the same but the difference it has long drop toilets rather than flushing. From site 25 you were almost evenly situated between the two toilet blocks. Site 25 was great but if I had the choice in the top section I would go for site 24. A couple who go every year were having a longer stay there.

The Cape le Grand trail cuts past the campground. We chose to walk to Thistle Cove on the road and come back via the Thistle Road to Lucky Bay 2.5km section of the trail. This is tagged as an easy walk, however I would say it is more easy to medium. There are quite a few climbs up and down through rocky paths and while not difficult it can be quite hot and tiring. It took 2 -3 hours to do the whole loop but you are rewarded with a swim at both Lucky Bay and Thistle Cove. Our last evening was chilly but we did manage to spot a few kangas in the shade at the memorial end of the beach. The next morning was also chilly but showers were still warm at 8ish despite it being overcast. Just took about 1 cycle of the timer to kick in. An hour walk around the bay before leaving didn’t result in any further kangaroo spotting.

Well worth the $30 per night. Book in early and if you can’t turn up cancel so the site is freed up for someone else. So many complaints about the booking system when really the responsibility lies with the traveller. The campground was full, no empty bays in late March.
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Date of stay: March 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Site 25 was great but get site 24 if it is free.
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Gavin wrote a review Dec 2020
Perth, Australia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stunning with powder fine white sand and the clearest crystal water which is the most beautiful turquoise blue in a safe protected bay. Ideal for swimming (although the water is a few degrees cooler than Perth). Caravan parks are generous in size and well spaced apart with vegetation growing between each site. The onsite (solar) showers, toilets and camp kitchen are cleaned beautifully by the camp host each day. The camp host is on hand to assist as are the park rangers. The kangaroos wander freely through the site and sometimes onto the beach to drink at the fresh water spring. Run by National Parks this is a great spot to either stay or to enjoy a day visit. Thanks to our camp host who was great.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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denise w wrote a review Mar 2021
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Campsite is quite exposed and often subject to strong coastal winds. Bookings are easy (although often unavailable ) . To check in with a booking, you pick your own empty site then advise the onsite camp host of site selected. Sites are quite large, hard stand with bushes providing some privacy and protection .The toilets and showers are clean and well kept. The camp kitchen has BBQ, gas cookers and non portable water for washing up. Short walk to magnificent beach and many numerous coastal walking tracks. Was very windy on my 3 day visit but had been perfect a few days earlier thus rating could be from 3-5 depending on weather..
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Rick M wrote a review Mar 2022
Albany, Australia137 contributions58 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The beach and attractions nearby like Hellfire Bay and Frenchman’s Peak are wonderful. The camp itself is also nice, with great toilet blocks, hot showers and camp kitchens. We found the camp host quite rude and he and the Ranger seemed to go out of their way to look for problems. $30 per night per couple is more than it’s worth and there was no black waste dump point. We had to drive into Esperance (140k round trip) to dump the waste.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: You need to book well in advance (months) to get a booking. Empty your van toilet cassette...
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sunart111 wrote a review Jan 2020
Elanora, Australia113 contributions61 helpful votes
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
This could easily be our favourite campground in Australia. Magic position, incredible surrounding beauty! Good park infrastructure, et all! Plus Cape Le Grand has so much to offer, great beaches, incredible walks.

What ruins things is this completely inept DBCA online booking system that while allowing online bookings is disallowing online alterations incl cancelations. To work properly, it needs to be a fluid ‘live’ system, all else is rubbish!

Plus the hard-line approach on the ground here via the refusal to use provisions of the park management terms and conditions in order to be more ‘pro-active’ in dealing with vacancies makes a bad situation much worse.

Result now being that there are plenty of vacant sites even at the busiest of times plus lots of upset people with many of them missing out on bookings as the two Campsites, eg Lucky Bay & Cape Le Grand, are ‘officially’ virtually always fully booked.
We counted 20 vacant sites last night (16 Jan 2020) out of 56 in total, eg over 35% actual vacancy!

It also increases the number of day-trippers because for many that is the only option to see and experience Cape Le Grand NP, and given that a return trip from Esperance to Lucky Bay is 125km, one can easily calculate that this results in tens of millions of extra travel kilometres per annum that end up impacting the very environment here on top of inconveniencing people.

So pls DBCA, fix your broken booking system as a matter of urgency! And stop coming up with never ending cheap excuses for not to do so! Thank you!
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Date of stay: January 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Heather W wrote a review Sept 2022
Perth, Australia60 contributions56 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What an idyllic place to just rest relax and recharge or hike until your hearts content. Brand new facilities. Flushing toilets, warm quick showers beautiful scenery , huge sites but absolutely deplorable booking process.

DBAC needs to do something quickly to fix this problem. Everyone we spoke to had problems.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: It’s first come first choice of parking spot. Summer would be very much who has left. Make sure...
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kjwoodau wrote a review Feb 2020
Harvey, Australia8 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The upgrades to this area is fantastic with water and hot showers available. Camp hosts Tony and Marie are truly wonderful and friendly. Place is kept clean and fresh even with the big number of people. Fellow campers are great to talk to and find out information. Will return
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Eliza Simm wrote a review Apr 2018
Perth, Australia25 contributions7 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Don't get me wrong I absolutely loved Cape Le Grand/ Lucky Bay and everything about it. I will be doing an AMAZING review of this place, however first impressions of a place can greatly affect your experience (we didn't let this ruin ours). The host at the Lucky Bay campground - Barry has to go. We didn't realise how busy the place/ campsites can be (I did email beforehand and was not told you must arrive before 8-9am to secure a campsite, I now know). We drove the 7hrs to get to the campsite around 4:30pm to be told by Barry that there was no campsites available. No hello, no smile, no help of any alternative overnight stays, just simply turning us away. We soon found out he does this to everyone. At least tell people some options, give us some information, DON'T make people drive the 1.5hrs back to Esperance at dusk with giving us nothing at all, not even a smile!!! We finally got a site the next day after the massive let down and early rise, again not welcomed by Barry at all!

Cape Le Grand is beyond amazing! Definitely go off the beaten track and explore past Lucky Bay. Get there before 9am to make sure you get a camp site & enjoy!
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Date of stay: April 2018
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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dannyvicki wrote a review Jan 2016
Margate, Australia292 contributions253 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
This is probably an unfair time to do this but it is as I found it on the day. Lots of work going on and when finished it will be fantastic.
The area around the campground is under going great change and will compliment the beauty of the beach which is called lucky bay.
When I say beauty of the beach it is an under statement it is stunning. The whitest finest sand I have ever experienced.
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Date of stay: January 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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caleb asked a question Sept 2020
Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Australia
Hey there are pets allowed to camp with us?
Answer from sunart111
Elanora, Australia113 contributions61 helpful votes
Yes, there is. Even hot water at the camp kitchen plus warm showers via solar at certain times in the day. Excellent infrastructure!
Jennifer B asked a question Jan 2018
20 contributions45 helpful votes
Hello - how do i book a spot at this campground ?
Answer from Südseetraum
Switzerland1,095 contribution103 helpful votes
No booking. Be there earlie and you will get a spot. I think there are around 60 sites available. Very airy and beautiful, no matter which site you get. Absolute recommendation!!!
Heather W wrote a tip Sept 2022
Perth, Australia60 contributions56 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"It’s first come first choice of parking spot. Summer would be very much who has left. Make sure you book where there is good internet ."
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Rick M wrote a tip Mar 2022
Albany, Australia137 contributions58 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"You need to book well in advance (months) to get a booking. Empty your van toilet cassette before you get there as there’s no dump point."
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Beacygirl wrote a tip May 2021
Fremantle, Australia411 contributions126 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Site 25 was great but get site 24 if it is free."
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Struan S wrote a tip Mar 2019
Alligator Creek QLD104 contributions25 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book ahead for a camp site, shower during sunlight for guaranteed warm water!"
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Bruce K wrote a tip Mar 2018
Sydney, Australia254 contributions197 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Get there early"
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