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What to Do at Hellfire Bay: 6 Fun Activities

Hellfire Bay is undoubtedly one of the most stunning bays that runs through Cape Le Grand National Park. The park is set in the middle of Western Australia’s southern shoreline. The Bay covers a long distance of almost 2 km and terminates at Bay Road. This Bay is one of the most beautiful sites in the park and should not be missed by any chance.

Hellfire Bay is a great recreational spot; most importantly, it is family-friendly. The beach offers pleasant, easy walks with great and picturesque views. The Bay is named St Elmo’s Fire (St Elmo’s Fire is a bluish flame-like electrical discharge that occurs above the masts of a ship.)

Things To Know About Hellfire Bay

The little Hellfire bay beach faces south of the bay entrance and extends along the Bay’s northern shore for 600 m. The average amount of waves it receives is 1 m in the east, increasing to 1.5 m at the western end.

The Bay beach originates with a permanent tear against the eastern rocks. Then the beach continues a wide bar widening by 50 m into a tear conquered structure in the west.

The Hellfire Bay beach is backed by a good vegetated 15 m high western end. The end of the west of the 17 km long section of the Bay coast is bordered in the east by Mississippi Point and formed by the Cape Le Grand. The beach confiscates a lined stream and wetland that breaks out across the beach’s western end.

A high and prominent granite peak of 345 m high, Mount le Grande backs up the Cape Le Grand. A 12 km of irregular granite shoreline containing four beaches surrounds the base of the point. All four beaches are accessible only by foot or boat when the waves are low.

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The Hellfire Bay beach is a secluded beach set between massive granite rocks. The entire beach boasts some of the most striking and impressive turquoise ocean views in the west of Australia. At a distance sits the Recherche Archipelago, with silhouettes of the island that pops through the ocean water.

Unfortunately, the scenic Bay does not allow animals for certain reasons. Standard park entry fees are applied for Cape Le Grand National Park. Moreover, there are options for wheelchair accessibility for specially-abled tourists. However, no pets are allowed at the beach.

Things To Do At Hellfire Bay

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There are several activities to do at Bay Beach. The place is definitely children friendly and has facilities for public toilets and restrooms for tourists. The beach is less crowded, and sometimes you can get lucky to have the beach all by yourself, giving you the vibe of your private island.

1. Bushwalking

Tourists can bushwalk and explore the beautiful long 2 km trail. The course is popular for hiking, running, and birding. The route is moderately challenging and takes 30 minutes to complete. The long walk is accessible throughout the year and is a splendid trail to experience in all seasons.

2. Picnicking

The Le Grand National Park is an amazing and perfect spot to enjoy a picnic in calm conditions. The clear water and beautiful beach make it an ideal picnic spot. There is also an area for barbeque facilities, with chairs and tables for tourists.

3. Swimming And Snorkeling

The secluded Hellfire Bay beach is great for tourists to swim and snorkel. Swimming and snorkelling in the clear and calm water give you an amazing lifetime experience. You also get an understanding and enjoy swimming and snorkelling with the adorable dolphins at the Bay.

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4. Fishing

Hellfire Bay beach is a great fishing spot for tourists who love to fish. The most popular fish species caught are Sand Flathead and Western Australian Salmon. You get to know from the rules about how much fish you can keep, the timings of fishing and the maximum size of fish you can take. Reading all the directives and regulations before fishing is vital and mandatory.

5. Surfing

Surfing is great water activity on the Bay coast. Surfing with the dolphins is an amazing experience and a great view of the aqua waters.

6. Scuba Diving

Experience adventurous scuba diving in the clear ocean water. You get to see the splendid underwater life of various beautiful species of fish and plants.

Cape Le Grand Camp At Camp Le Grand National Park

Cape Le Grand Campground is located within the Cape Le Grand National Park and is a perfect place for experiencing water-based activities, including snorkelling, kayaking, diving, canoeing, and swimming.

Fifteen campsites can house tents and ideal camper trailers, caravans and campervans in the Camp Le Grand Campground. Additionally, you can launch tiny boats in the area for fishing. However, it is easy for the small boats to bog down in the dry and wet sand of the bay beach. 

There are also facilities of a camp kitchen with gas barbecue and burners. You also get cold and hot running water accompanied by a sink for dishwashing. Moreover, there is also the availability of showers with solar water heating.

Nearest Town And Beaches From The Bay

The nearest town to the Bay is a town named Esperance. The major industries at Esperance are tourism, fishing, and agriculture. The place experiences wet and cool winters and dry, hot summers. There are five important national parks near the town, and Cape Le Grand National Park is 20 minutes from the heart of the main city.

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The nearest beaches from the Bay beach are Lucky Bay, Twilight Bay, Great Ocean Drive, Blue Haven Beach, Rotary Lookout, Wharton Beach, and Salmon Beach.

Car Parking At Hellfire Bay

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There is a car park area for tourists with space for 25 to 30 vehicles. An inclined slope between the brick footpath and the bays links to all the beach facilities.


Visit Hellfire Bay with your family and friends and have a gala time by enjoying a relaxing picnic or doing your favourite water sport activity. This is one of the most beautiful bays in Western Australia and is the perfect place to spend a beautiful and calm weekend.

Ankita M Bose
Ankita M Bose
Ankita has completed her Masters in English and has a great interest in traveling and exploring beautiful destinations. She loves writing travel contents and also keeps an interest in exploring beautiful Australian beaches, deserts and wildlife. She will guide you through some of the popular and exciting destinations to visit in Australia from her research.

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