Cape Le Grand National Park
|Cape Le Grand National Park|
Mount Le Grande from Frenchman Peak
|Location||Southern Western Australia|
|Area||31,801 ha (78,580 acres)|
|Governing body||Department of Environment and Conservation|
Established in 1966, the park is managed by the Department of Environment and Conservation.
Beaches within the Park include those at Lucky Bay, Rossiter Bay, Hellfire Bay, Le Grande Beach, and Thistle Cove.
The islands and waters to the south of the park are known as the Recherche Archipelago Nature Reserve, another protected area of the Recherche Archipelago and nearby coastal regions. The Cape Arid National Park is located to the east.
The south-west section of the Park is dominated by rock outcrops of gneiss and granite. These form a distinctive chain of peaks including Mount Le Grand (345 m), Frenchman Peak (262 m) and Mississippi Hill (180 m). Further inland, the park comprises mostly heath-covered sandplain, interspersed with swamps and pools of fresh water.
Wildflowers bloom in spring lasting until October and species such as Blue China Orchid, Diuris corybosa, Hakea laurina, Thysanotus Sparteus and Thelymitra macrophylla are represented within the park.
Some of the relic species with strong gondwanan associations that are found within the park include legless lizards like the common scaly-foot, Delma Fraser, Delma australis and Aprasia striolata. The ancient but non-gondwanan blind snake Ramphotyphlops australis is also found within the park.
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