Hellfire Bay to Rossiter Bay is a 17.4 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Esperance, Western Australia, Australia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

17.4 km
465 m
Out & Back



nature trips




wild flowers


Lucky Bay is famed as having one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. There are some delightful beachwalking, snorkelling and fishing opportunities at Lucky Bay. This is the best place in the park from which to launch boats. You can often see kangaroos nearby and even on the beautiful sandy beach. The campground here is the largest of the campgrounds in Cape Le Grand National Park and caters for a majority of camping styles, from tents to motorhomes. It is east of the park entrance and has excellent facilities, with gas barbecues, toilets, tables, picnic areas, camp kitchen and water. It is recommended that campers bring a portable gas stove for cooking. Always carry your own drinking water supply. Fires are not permitted at anytime. British navigator Captain Matthew Flinders visited and named Lucky Bay in 1802 when taking shelter from a summer storm. He was determined to travel through the islands, which D'Entrecasteaux had named the Archipelago of the Recherche, but skirted, in 1792. However, he encountered a fairly severe summer storm. With, according to Flinders: "no prospect of shelter under any of the islands, I found myself under the necessity of adopting a hazardous measure ... we steered directly before the wind for the main coast, where the appearance of some beaches behind other islands, gave a hope of finding anchorage. At seven in the evening we entered a small sandy bay, and finding it sheltered everywhere except from south west ... the anchor was dropped. The critical circumstance under which this place was discovered, induced me to give it the name of Lucky Bay." Rossiter Bay was named by John Eyre when his party, exhausted and suffering from the rigours of crossing the Nullarbor, was relieved to find the ship Mississippi, captained by Rossiter, anchored in the bay in June 1841. Mississippi Hill at Lucky Bay was named after the ship. Eyre's party had been heading for Thistle Cove where Flinders had previously recorded fresh water. On reaching Rossiters Bay, Eyre recorded that: "upon looking towards the sea I thought I had discovered a boat sailing in the bay. Having hastily made a fire... we fired shots, shouted, waved handkerchiefs and made every signal we could to attract attention, but in vain... Whilst... brooding over our disappointment we were surprised to see both boats suddenly lower their sails... [soon] we were domiciled on board the hospitable Mississippi - a change of circumstance so great, so sudden, so unexpected that it seemed more like a dream than reality." Launching your boat at Rossiter Bay is not recommended. These beaches are notoriously treacherous for vehicles and it is easy to become bogged in the most innocent-looking wet or dry sand.