Esperance: WA's Secret South
For squeaky-white beaches, getting off the beaten track and bunking down under the stars, head south to Esperance. This place is so relaxed even the kangaroos sun bake on the beach.
Esperance derives it name from the French ship “L’Esperance” which sheltered in Lucky Bay close to the current town in 1792. The town is nestled on the shores of Esperance Bay with hundreds of islands dotting the coast making up the Recherche Archipelago. The authentic way to see Esperance is by four wheel drive.
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Things To Do
Recently acclaimed as home to "Australia's Best Beaches", Esperance has heaps to do including four wheel drive safaris, coach tours, helicopter tours, island cruises, diving charters, fishing, abseiling, skateboarding, sand boarding, canoeing, mini golf and a steam train. Check out the museum, arts centre, art galleries and boutique aquarium with touch pool for kids.
Esperance is an ideal swimming spot, while West Beach, Fourth Beach and Observatory Beach boast some of the best surfing. If snorkelling appeals, locals say the lagoon to the east of West Beach is good, as is idyllic-sounding Blue Haven Beach and Twilight Cove.
If you want to have a go at fishing, throw in a line at Tanker Jetty. Watch out for cheeky local Sammy the seal! For tent and safari hut camping, hop on a ferry to Woody Island.
For more information on what to do in Esperance visit the Esperance Visitor Centre online.