About this place
Rossiter Bay was named by explorer Edward John Eyre after the Captain of a whaling vessel who came to his aid. In June 1841, suffering from a near-disastrous crossing of the Nullarbor, Eyre’s exhausted party had been heading for Thistle Cove where Captain Matthew Flinders had previously recorded freshwater. Eyre was relieved to find Rossiter’s ship, the Mississippi, anchored in the bay. Rossiter and his crew assisted Eyre and his Aboriginal companion Wylie so that they were able to recuperate and continue their overland journey to Albany.
Launching boats at Rossiter Bay is not recommended. Be aware that these beaches are notoriously treacherous for vehicles and it is easy to become bogged in the most innocent looking wet or dry sand. Ask the ranger about surface conditions and tides.
Plan when to visit. Consider travelling with a personal location beacon (PLB). In the event you need to be rescued it could save your life!
Plants, wildlife and fungi
Visit the Atlas of Living Australia for a list of species recorded within a 5km radius of Rossiter Bay.
We recognise and acknowledge Aboriginal people as the traditional owners of Cape Le Grand National Park.