Hello Mount Lesueur!
I know you’re not really a mountain… you’re more of a cute looking mesa (a flat-topped, elevated landform)… but you still gave us a fun afternoon!
During our recent camping holiday, our family and some friends took a drive to the Lesueur National Park.
We did a 4km return hike up Mount Lesueur, walking along the marked bush trail – it was really lovely!
To be honest, the park is not particularly famous for anything phenomenally iconic. It does boast of an exceptionally diverse range of flora (like 900 species!) which makes up 10% of the total floral known in Western Australia!
And er, if you look at the photo above, you’d probably need a very. keen. eye. to appreciate this “biodiversity hotspot”.
Anyway, so because of the very unique formation/location/conditions of the area, there are some species of plants that are absolutely unique to this area.
Meaning, that you won’t find them anywhere else in the WORLD!
This is the Djanda (Hakea Neurophylla) and according to the botany geeks, if you look at the leaves with the sun behind them, you’ll see a web of “nerves” from which the scientific name was derived.
SO COOL! I love this geeky stuff.
The bush tracks were covered with small rocks and sand, which made the hike accessible and interesting.
It can’t remember how long the whole 4km walk took us… maybe 2-3 hours, with a few breaks?
The other family that came with us have 5 year old twins… who walked (and sometimes ran) in pink sparkly sandals, with my 6 year old all the way to the top and back! It’s a fantastic mini-hike for families with small children.
This photo above shows my husband having some “man time” with one of my sons..
I spent some time with my other son, telling him about how it’s really important to walk on rocky ground so you can strengthen the vestibular system (motion, spatial orientation, balance) in your brain – *cue eye roll*!
Even though I’m a city girl, I really do LOVE all this outdoor adventuring under the big blue sky!