Western Australia's Secret South.
"Esperance - Bay of Isles"
The first navigator to discover this part of the south coast was a Dutchman, Pieter Nuijts who in 1627 sailed past aboard the vessel Gulde Zeepaard (Golden Seahorse) and charted the area. In 1792 the French vessel L'Esperance sought shelter from a storm in the area they named Esperance Bay.
Esperance is famous for its pristine wilderness, stunning white beaches, National Parks and its friendly unhurried pace. This south east region has some of WA's most spectacular coastal scenery, beaches, islands and magnificent national parks.
There are sparkling beaches, a pink lake and temperate year-round climate as well as beautiful wildflowers and plenty of fauna. Discover the beauty of Cape Le Grand National Park, explore Woody Island or go swimming at Twilight Beach.
Twilight Cove is only a 10 minute drive from the Esperance townsite. It's a pretty spot where you can go fishing or swimming.
There's a Surf Lifesaving Club at the western end of the beach near the main car park but no shelters so bring a beach umbrella, sunscreen, a shirt and hat.
It is possible to swim to the rock in the attached picture but there are strong tides and undertows so this should only be attempted by strong swimmers.
"Museum Park Period Village"
A good starting point for any visit to Esperance is the Tourist Office which is located within the Museum Park Period Village in Dempster Street.
The Bureau has maps and books about the area and they provide information about local attractions, accommodation, horse rides, fishing charters, diving charters, fishing and diving supplies, island cruise operators, whale-watching cruises (late May to late October), walking and cycling pathways, hiking guides, windsurfing specialists, areas for viewing native wildflowers, scenic flights, abseiling guides, cycle hire, canoe and aqua bike hire, local art galleries and studios, 4WD and other sightseeing tours, car rentals and local events such as the annual show (October), the Angling Classic (February), the Wildflower Show (September) and the biennial Festival of the Wind (November).
Update 23/12/08 - added short video clips