Esperance Travel Guide

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Esperance Things to Do

  • Beach is great for a stroll

    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.

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  • Skylab Debris in Museum

    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...

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  • Antique Farm Machinery at Museum

    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...

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  • Experience a working farm with a...

    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....

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  • Cape Le Grand National Park.

    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...

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  • The blessing

    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...

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  • A wide berth

    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...

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  • The Tour

    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...

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  • Tanker Jetty

    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...

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  • Rotary Lookout

    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...

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  • Sammy the seal

    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

    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...

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  • Great Ocean Drive

    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...

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  • The Esperance Aquarium

    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...

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  • Twilight Beach

    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...

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  • Rotary Lookout , Esperance.

    Rotary Lookout provides panoramic views of Esperance town, Esperance Bay, Pink Lake, farmlands, and the many islands off the coast. There is nearby loop walk. The drive along the coast is spectacular, especially around West Beach.

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  • Pink Lake

    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...

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  • Tanker Jetty

    There is an artificial reef just off the end of the town jetty which is a good spot for fishing and strolling. A local sea lion makes regular appearances at its own discretion.

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Esperance Restaurants

  • Ollies cafe & The Goose

    Theres not a great choice in town but we went to Ollies cafe for breakfast and wow it was fantastic.i had eggs benedict whiuch was huge and so tasty, Anya had pancakes which were massive, plus 2 teas, it was all $30.

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  • Great local seafood.

    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.

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Esperance Transportation

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    by bijo69 Written Jul 3, 2006

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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.

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Esperance Shopping

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    by Dxenion Written Sep 19, 2006

    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.

    Finally - a good use for cane toads!
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Esperance Warnings and Dangers

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    by scrooge1947 Written Apr 28, 2003

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    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.

    read this sign

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Esperance Off The Beaten Path

  • Monjingup Swamp

    This place fascinated me. There was a boardwalk over the swampland. It was so peaceful.

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  • Esperance Eco-Discovery Tours

    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...

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  • Esperance Eco-Discovery Tours

    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.

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Esperance Favorites

  • The curse

    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,...

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  • Map of Esperance

    Please click on the link for a map to help find your way around Esperance

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  • Esperance - Bay of Isles

    Esperance is a lovely place for a holiday. You need a car though, because there's plenty of long distance travel down there. The scenery is very different and very scenic. You'll never forget a trip way down under to Esperance :o)

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