Thistle Cove Trail is a 2.6 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cape Le Grand, Western Australia, Australia that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 2.6 km Elevation Gain: 26 m Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching



wild flowers


Look at the vegetation of the coastal heath as you drive in to this attractive bay. The sandplains which cover much of the park support a great variety of wildflowers and wildlife. In areas of deep sand, dense thickets of showy banksia (Banksia speciosa) thrive, growing to three or four metres tall. On gravel outcrops and in areas where the soil is shallow, scrub banksia (Banksia pulchella) may be found. The bay is a great place to enjoy a swim and a picnic (there is table provided). Captain Matthew Flinders sailed along the coast of Le Grand National Park in 1802. He named Thistle Cove which he thought was 'a small but useful find' after Mr Thistle, who discovered it. With both wood and water here, Flinders thought it superior to Lucky Bay.

8 days ago

Lovely walk around the cove. pristine beach

25 days ago

Nice walk!

Amazingly beautiful & gentle walk along Thistle Cove beach, with a steep rocky section at either end. A magical little private beach at the far end

7 months ago