About this place
Captain Matthew Flinders named Thistle Cove in 1802 after the ship’s master John Thistle. Exploring the southern coast in HMS Investigator, Flinders was pleased when Thistle discovered a source of freshwater here. Low-lying areas on the coastal plain are dotted with small freshwater wetlands which support a distinctive community of plants and animals. These freshwater sources were also important to Aboriginal people who camped here during seasonal journeys to and from the coast.
Natural features near Thistle Cove are connected to Mandooboornup (Frenchman Peak) in an Aboriginal Dreaming story. Enjoy a picnic (table provided) and explore marvellously sculpted rock formations that capture the sounds of the wind and waves.
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 Thistle Cove.
We recognise and acknowledge Aboriginal people as the traditional owners of Cape Le Grand National Park.