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Esperance

 

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Esperance. Which means ‘hope’, draws its name from the French explorers who landed here in 1792 to shelter from storms, their ship was the Esperance.

The town of Esperance lies on the pristine shores of the Southern Ocean in WA’s Golden Outback region. By road the town is around 8-hours drive from Perth or an hour and a half by air, but whatever way you choose to get here the journey will be worthwhile as you start discovering the natural attractions that surround Esperance including stunning white sandy beaches and a winter carpet of wildflowers across the fields and dunes.

In town the attractions include the Museum Village, with historic buildings and a Sunday market. At Esperance Museum there is a steam locomotive and something literally from out of this world – pieces from Skylab – the USA’s first space station gathered from when it came crashing back to Earth northeast of Esperance at Balladonia. Visit art galleries and shop for Aboriginal artworks or leather goods made from fish skins.

Esperance boasts some of Australia’s most beautiful coastline such as the calm water beaches at Blue Haven and Twilight Cove close to town or head to Cape Le Grande National Park just 60km to the east of the town. Lucky Bay is famous for its stunning white sandy beaches and idyllic, turquoise seas backed by the Recherche Archipelago – a sprinkling of over 100 islands that lace this stretch of coastline. Spot the kangaroos that come to Lucky Bay to enjoy the pristine environment. 

A holiday in Esperance offers plenty of adventure, with beach safaris, 4WD eco tours, diving and fishing expeditions, island cruises, and you could join an Aboriginal cultural tour or try canoeing. From August to November is wildflower season when the places to see wildflowers include Cape Le Grande National Park and close to town at Rotary Lookout and Helms Arboretum. Be sure to visit Pink Lake on the western side of Esperance or take a cruise to Middle Island in the eastern reaches of Recherche Archipelago where the region’s other pink lake – Lake Hillier – glows a sugary pink in contrast to the adjacent trees, white shores and blue seas.

Video by: Tourism Western Australia

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