Fantastic scenery with a relaxed, uncrowded style.
Esperance is a small, remote town and often there is not much to do at night time.
Sweet town nestled amongst a bouque of beaches
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....more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
The Pink Lake under the right weather and light conditions, takes on a soft pink hue due to the salt-tolerant dunalella salina algae in the water. But the water temperature and the salinity levels also cause the colouring to vary considerably. There is a lookout, from where you can see stockpiles of table salt, which is produced in solar ponds at...more
There is a high speed ferry trip to Woody Island which is a full morning tour including morning tea on the island. There is an abundance of wildlife including seals, dolphins, porpoises and sea eagles which are very likely to be encountered.The ocean swell around Esperance Bay can be up to 7 metres high so be sure to take your steadiest sea...more
The Municipal Museum hosts an odd selection of household goods, dresses, machinery etc from times long gone by. But the most prominen exhibits are the remains of the Skylab, the first American spacestation which went down near Esperance in 1979.Admission is 4 AU$ and opening times are daily from 1.30-4.30pmmore
The Esperance Seaside Apartments are fifteen separate, two storey houses and are ideal for couples...more
The All Seasons Esplanade Apartments is a beachfront property just opposite the Yacht Club. It is a...more
No 5 the Esplanade,, Esperance, 6450, Australia
Good for: Business
The Ocean Blues Cafe is located in an old renovated building facing the ocean and is painted blue. The colour decor inside is with strong bright colours and seascape murals which give the place a cheery ambience. They offer a basic menu with steak and seafood main meals served with vegetables or salads. Great value.more
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Trans WA is the bus company which connects Esperance to the rest of the world. There's a daily bus to Perth and several buses per week to Kalgoorlie and Albany.
Their buses are quite comfy and they stop frequently, so you can stretch your legs and grab a bite.
Bet you didn't know that you can make leather out of fish skins!
What to buy: You can get all sorts of leather goods here - all made from fish skins.
They've even come up with a solution for the cane toad plague in QLD and NT - they turn them into coin purses!
There are guided tours that take you through the tanning process and these are free.
What to pay: It's a little more than what you'd pay for similar goods made from cowhide, but you'd expect that due to how unusual the product is.
Definitely rates as an unusual souvenir.
This sign was on the Albany- Esperance Highway, you will find a lot more roads with these signs.
The signs are on the side of the road from where they have been hit, beware they cause huge damage, more likely to happen at night.
Esperance Eco-Discovery Tours will take you on a local discovery tour through ruggedly beautiful Cape Legrande National Park. Included in the tour is 4 wheel driving on a long stretch of beach, up steep rocks and around the sand dunes with a stop for some sandboarding there.Morning tea is provided at Lucky Bay which is an absolutley stunning...more
After a refreshing morning tea at gorgeous Lucky Bay it's time to put on your walking shoes and go for a one hour hike following a well marked gravel walking trail. This takes you from Lucky Bay to and past Thistle Cove with awe inspiring rugged coastal scenery along the way.more
It was on the WOW cruise (see Walpole pages) that I learnt about the most devastating import ever to reach Australia. Something beyond rabbits, foxes, feral cats and goats combined; worse even than global warming.I was appalled, not only at the scale of destruction it was wreaking but at my lack of knowledge.Here was something that not only can,...more