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    Beach is great for a stroll

    by fred98115 Written Jul 5, 2014

    The beach is sandy and makes for a pleasant stroll from the museum to the pier where Sammy the Sea Lion is immortalized in bronze. We were fortunate enough to have the real Sammy snoozing below the pier, allowing tourists like us to photograph away. Nice to have the zoom lens in this case.

    Beach Sammy the Sea Lion Sammy the Sea Lion Debris on the Beach Norfolk Pines above the Beach
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    Skylab Debris in Museum

    by fred98115 Written Jul 5, 2014

    The Esperance Museum has a collection of space debris from Skylab. Kids and hunters, hoping to secure a ten dollar reward, scoured the countryside for remnants of Skylab after it returned to earth near Esperance. A local government official fined the United States $400 for littering, ignored until a California community paid the fine 20 years later. Cool.

    Skylab Model Outside the Museum Skylab Tank Tank from Skylab Space Debris from Skylab Map showing debris and the Skylab track
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    Antique Farm Machinery at Museum

    by fred98115 Written Jul 5, 2014

    The Esperance Museum has a dual personality: antique farm machinery scattered around on the grounds outside and Skylab debris inside (plus, of course, town history). As an amateur photographer whose family history includes time down on the farm, I found the equipment surrounding the museum building to be fascinating. I travel with a zoom lens to keep down the weight, and it was quite useful here. A tripod would have been nice.

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    Experience a working farm with a difference.

    by robertgaz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Telegraph Farm offers visitors a chance to view a working farm with wildlife such as camels, ostriches, red deer, kangaroos, emus, water buffalo and a protea plantation. You are given the opportunity to feed the animals and maybe pick a few pretty protea's to take home.

    There is also a coffee shop and they are open Thursday to Monday from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. with tours departing at 10.30 a.m., 1.30 p.m. and 3.00 p.m.

    Harvesting proteas, Telegraph Farm. Feed me, feed me now! Llovely Llama Gimme somethin' else.. I'm sick of seeds! Proteas bushes
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    Cape Le Grand National Park.

    by robertgaz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Cape Le Grand National Park is 50 km south-east of Esperance with its wildflowers (in bloom from September to November), rugged coastline, beautiful bays and beaches, rocky headlands and excellent coastal bushwalking tracks.

    Inland the park consists of sand plains covered by coastal heath and interspersed with the occasional swamp and freshwater pool.

    Mount Le Grand is the tallest of the park's several granite peaks, at 345 metres. The caves and tunnels in these structures are thought to have been caused by waves and other water erosion from a time when they were submerged.

    Potential park activities include walking, camping, boating, picnicking, sightseeing, nature study, swimming, photography and fishing.

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    The blessing

    by iandsmith Written Aug 29, 2008

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    Australia is blessed with ocean drives that are the envy of many places throughout the world and Esperance has one right up there. Appropriately titled The Great Ocean Drive it is a 38 kms circular route that follows the coastline and then loops north back into town.
    Some of the highlights to see along the way are the Rotary Lookout, Twilight Beach, Observatory Point, the Wind Farm and Pink Lake.
    I'll never forget Rotary Lookout, I had a new cheap bike that I tried to ride up there but the gears wouldn't change and, when I finally made it, on the descent the brakes weren't up to the task. It was a real white knuckle affair I can assure you.
    Beaches found along the Great Ocean Drive include Second Beach, Blue Haven Beach, Salmon Beach, Fourth Beach, Twilight Beach, Nine Mile Beach and Eleven Mile Beach.
    There are numerous places to pull up and soak up the magnificence of the coastal scenery and, one thing I can promise you, you won't be alone.
    I hope these pics do it all some justice.

    Beautiful, isn't it White sand, turquoise waters Offshore winds Granit headlands Good walks to most beaches
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    A wide berth

    by iandsmith Written Aug 29, 2008

    With the nickel boom came a need for a deeper harbour and, when dredging was complete around 2001 it became the largest port in southern Australia.
    It can handle 180,000 tonne ships, 300 metres in length with a draught of 19.5 metres.
    This would give the impression that it's all about tonnage but the harbour is much more than that. It's been conserved as a recreation body of water as well and, down by the marina the locals have gone to some trouble with the marina and associated parks so that you barely notice there's industry going on across the bay.

    Local marina Local restaurant by the water Here's one for the kiddies.....I think!
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    The Tour

    by iandsmith Written Aug 29, 2008

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    There's a regular tour that takes place in the afternoons (check tourist centre for times) and it's run by a local service club.
    This particular one goes around the shipping area where normally you wouldn't be allowed.
    Much information about Esperance can be gleaned from this short trip, particularly the pride that emanates from its citizens.
    They've managed to have bulk mineral exports without the dust problems experienced elsewhere so that they have the best of both worlds.
    Another thing you'll come across is the 60 metre high, multi-million dollar crane that dwarfs everything else on the site. Trust me, you'll be amazed at the amout of cable the thing carries around alone.
    The tour uses an old bus but unfortunately, due to Occupational Health and Safety issues, you aren't allowed to alight. Still, it's worth a go if you're interested.

    That crane with a yacht race in the foreground Sulphur (imported) being stacked inside a shed Cape Barren geese even live here Another shot of the crane and its wiring
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    Tanker Jetty

    by imstress Updated Dec 11, 2007

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    The Tanker Jetty in Esperance is located on the town foreshore. The jetty extends out into Esperance Bay from the point where Dempster St and The Esplanade conjoin.

    Seals and sea lions are often found around the jetty waiting to be fed. There used to be a famous Sammy the seal playing underneath the Tanker Jetty.

    "The WA Government Railways built the Esperance Deepwater Wharf, commonly known as the Tanker Jetty between Jan 1934 and Feb 1935. It was the first major project for young engineer, John Gillespie and was offically opened by State Mines Minister, Selby Walter Munsie on 13 Apr 1945.

    With 37 feet 6 inches (11.2 m) of depth available to bluk ships where it extended 1140 feet (842 m) into the Eserance Bay, the jetty provided an excellent facility to unload bulk fuel and load grain for export. The last tanker to unload bulk fuel from the Jetty was the "BP Enterprise" in 1977."

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    Rotary Lookout

    by imstress Updated Dec 10, 2007

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    The Rotary Lookout located high on a granite outcrop provides a panoramic view of Esperance Town, Esperance Bay, Pink Lake, farmlands, Bay of Isles and the islands off the coast.

    The drive along the coast is breathtaking especially when the sun is about to set. The Rotary lookout has one of the best sunset views and one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

    The sand is so white and the sea is so green. There is a wishing well as well as a rotary trail at the bottom of the viewing platform.

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    Sammy the seal

    by imstress Written Nov 20, 2007

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    A statue of Sammy the seal can be found at tanker jetty.

    Sammy the seal is always a hit and this friendly local used to be seen underneather the old Esperance Tanker Jetty swimming around the base and waiting for fishermen to feed him while cleaning their catch.

    He used to turn up most mornings and evenings for breakfast and dinner.

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    Pink Lake

    by imstress Written Nov 20, 2007

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    The Pink Lake is located about 5 km west of the town along Pink Lake Road which runs off Dempster Street.

    The Pink Lake is not always pink. It depends on the weather conditions, water temperature and salinity levels of the lake. The colour of Pink Lake is attributed to high concentrations of salt tolerant algae, Dunalella Sailina.

    The salt from Pink Lake is 99.9% pure and is harvested for Western Australia Salt Supply and sent to Fremantle for processing.

    There is a lookout where you can see stockpiles of table salt, which is produced in solar ponds at the eastern end of the lake.

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    Great Ocean Drive

    by imstress Written Nov 20, 2007

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    The Great Ocean Drive is a 38 kms circular scenic drive that follows the coastline and then loops back into town. Some of the highlights to see along the way are the Rotary Lookout, Twilight Beach, Observatory Point, the Wind Farm and Pink Lake.

    Beaches found along the Great Ocean Drive include Second Beach, Blue Haven Beach, Salmon Beach, Fourth Beach, Twilight Beach, Nine Mile Beach and Eleven Mile Beach.

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    The Esperance Aquarium

    by bijo69 Written Jul 12, 2006

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    Discover the underwater world of Western Australia and visit the small Esperance Aquarium! A trail leeds you fro tank to tank with lots of interesting information. The staff is super helpful and will answer all your questions.

    There's a touchpool aswell if you want to feel the underwater life.

    Opening times are from 10am-5pm on weekdays and 9am to 5pm on weekends. The aquarium is closed on Wednesdays from May through to September.

    Admission is 9 AU$, there are different kinds of concessions.

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    Twilight Beach

    by robertgaz Updated Jul 10, 2006

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    Twilight Beach, Esperance has been awarded the title of the Most Popular Beach in WA for 2006.

    It was voted the favourite of 21 West Australian beaches. It is also a very safe beach for kids to swim and the only beach in Esperance with Surf Lifeguards.

    And when you get there you can understand why. The water is crystal clear blue with a backdrop of stunning rock formations in the bay. The biggest rock in the bay looks a bit like a pre-historic dinosaur sitting in the water... just use your imagination.

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