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Esperance (Australia)

Practical information on Esperance

  • Beach / Seaside Resort
  • Viewpoint
  • Essential
  • Off the beaten track
4 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
8 hours on the motorway from Perth
When to go
From September to April
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Esperance

Sophie Liger Seasoned Traveller
31 written opinions

The coast with the Australia's, and even the world's, prettiest beaches!

My suggestion:
Don't spend too long visiting the town of Esperance but head to Cape Le Grand National Park.
My review

Esperance is a pleasant city which has "Sammy the seal" as its mascot, a seal that has chosen to live near one of the town's pontoons! However, don't hang around there too long, and head over to "the Ocean Road", the coastal road bordering Cape Le Grand National Park.

As its name suggests, it's a national park where you'll find Australia's prettiest beaches, which are among the prettiest in the world! Believe me, you will not be disappointed! You definitely have to go there during your trip in the country!

White sand beaches and turquoise waters await you. I could even see an emu on the beach! There are different viewpoints allowing you to admire the whole bay. Spend at least half a day here, you won't regret it.

Lisa Gaillard Seasoned Traveller
47 written opinions

A peaceful and secluded port city in Western Australia, Esperance takes its name from a French vessel which landed there in 1792. Esperance is a stopover that is off the beaten track. A place where you feel far from the world, in a superb wilderness area.

My suggestion:
Have a coffee at the edge of the jetty and say hello to Sammy. Drive the Great Ocean Drive, starting with a climb to the Rotary Lookout viewpoint. Put on your hiking boots for Cape Le Grand National Park, where you will certainly feel privileged to have visited Lucky Bay.
My review

If you are looking for the peace and wild beauty of Western Australia, then come and discover Esperance and its surroundings! The name itself is full of promise and you won't be disappointed after all those miles in the bush, down a fairly monotonous road. Surrounded by national parks, the region of Esperance is one of the most beautiful that I visited. Esperance is the town where the miners of Kalgoorlie come for a holiday or to take a break. After the road through the desert, you'll enjoy the shade and peace under the pine trees that line the street on the waterfront. You will start to understand the miner's enthusiasm for the place.

 In Esperance, the first individual you come across is Sammy the sea lion, who never leaves the pier and can often be seen lazing on the sand. They have even set up his statue just above him on the jetty! Admittedly, the city itself has no particular aesthetic appeal. There is an excellent little seaside pizzeria and a huge pub where the locals come for a drink in the evening. The youth hostel is located further north, still on the sea front.

If you like nature, the most interesting things are located outside Esperance. The Great Ocean Drive is a 34 km road which takes you to the sandy beaches, each more beautiful than the other, including Twilight Bay. The journey ends with Pink Lake. Finally, the must-see of the region is Cape Le Grand National Park, less than an hour's drive from Esperance: emus, kangaroos and paradise beaches await you there. I started my exploration of the park by climbing Frenchman's Peak, a granite rock that resembles a volcano, with a giant cave just below its summit and a breathtaking 360-degree view above. This mountain is quite steep in places and there is not much to cling to. There is no real trail once on the rock, but I saw some people climb it wearing flip flops, so it can't be that difficult! Still, count 2 hours for the return trip. Lucky Bay stunned me - it is one of the most beautiful beaches that I saw in Australia. White sand that crunches underfoot (it's like walking on snow), turquoise water, kangaroos lolling about, this crescent-shaped beach is a haven of peace away from it all. I had a picnic there before continuing my adventure in the park. The highlight of my visit: a sunset on the blazing rocks of Thistle Cove and Hellfire Bay. I returned from my excursion with my head in the stars.

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