Esperance is coloured blue, white and pink and an outdoor lover’s nirvana! On Australia’s south coast, Esperance boasts spectacular coastal scenery. Visitors will appreciate the unique landscape, with coastal vegetation and granite mounds which rise up from the coastal plain. Listen to the fine, squeaky clean sand underfoot as you stroll along the exquisite beaches. A place many people dream of visiting boasts services to welcome the world.
Things to See & Do
The Esperance natural landscape is exceptional. Take time to explore it all! Visit beaches and bays and built icons like Stone Henge, see glass artists and a fish leather tannery.
Arts and Culture
Thousands of curious visitors have travelled to visit the replica of Stone Henge, created out of 2500 tonnes of Esperance Pink granite. A sensory experience, the acoustics and the views are astonishing. The journey will be worth it!
Art is on exhibition and refreshed each month at the Cannery Arts Centre. Capture this as part of the Esperance Historic Town Walk, designed to inform people about the historic development of Esperance. It features historical buildings including The Esperance Museum. It features magnificent timber beams and houses a collection including, pieces of the first American Space Station the “Skylab.
Every second year The Festival of the Wind celebrates all that is the Esperance lifestyle through live entertainment, music, art and culture. The festival has a strong focus on sustainable living and recycling themes. Arts, sports, performance, food, music and community are all represented in exciting ways.
Western Australia has one of the work’s longest whale-watching seasons and it starts off the coast of Esperance. Humpback and Southern Right Whales cruise along the coast. Paddle boarders have recorded a unique encounter up close and personal with whales that come near to the shore. Watch the whales as they swim along the continental shelf, hugging the coastline moving from nutrient rich cool waters to the warmer waters of breeding grounds on the northwest coastline. Bring your binoculars to a vantage point or viewing tower along the coast. Or, jump aboard one of the many whale watching cruises available to get nearer to the breaching and tail-slapping action from May to October.
Climb aboard the ‘Southern Niche’ and enjoy a commentary on the town’s history as you cruise through Lovers’ Cove, West Beach and Blue Haven. Esperance Island Cruises offer amazing wildlife cruises around the Recherche Archipelago, also referred to as the Bay of Isles.
Reminders of the courageous Dutch, French and British who passed by, landed and later explored the south coast are etched in names across maps of the area. But it was the intrepid whalers, sealers, pirates, pastoralists and miners who shaped the settlement of Esperance. The Esperance Jetty connects the ocean to the land, a transit point for goods and a traffic way for extraordinary stories.
Immerse yourself in the stories of centuries and more recent past at The Esperance Museum. Navigation charts reveal the reality of the possibility that Australia could have been under French governance.
Marvel at the link with NASA’s ‘Skylab’ and the collection of pieces that were scattered along the Esperance coast after it crash landed in the ocean. See these on display.
The crystalline waters off the coast of Esperance are a haven for surfers, swimmers, recreational fishing and boating. There are five National Parks within minutes of the town centre. 20 minutes away from the town centre, is the Cape le Grande National Park, which offers a picturesque coast of largely granite terrain and sheltered white sand beaches. The park is a popular spot for recreational fishing, as well as recreational fishing enthusiasts and hikers.
Try the exhilaration of a four wheel drive tour along Esperance’s beaches. Esperance Eco-Discovery Tours offers a personalised, intimate tour experience in their air-conditioned, fully-equipped Landcruiser troop carrier; be adventurous and choose from the extensive list of activities. They can take you beach driving, on a trip to the Duke of Orleans or the famous Great Ocean Drive from West Beach to the magnificent Twilight Cove. No one should miss the thrilling, spectacular four wheel drive rock climb!
And where’s the pink? A number of salt lakes, including, Pink Lake gain a rosy hue of red algae living within its waters. Get on board a tour to see the colour of nature.
- See full-sized replica of original Stonehenge in UK in Esperance
- Turquoise bays and lazing kangaroos of the Cape Le Grande National Park
- Unique insights into fish leather production at Mermaid Leather
- Visit working studio of acclaimed glass artist Cindy Poole at Section Glass Gallery
- Views of Pink Lake and a journey on the Great Ocean Drive to some of the best beaches
Depart Esperance Town with a picnic lunch and travel out to Stonehenge. See a full-sized replica of the original Stonehenge that is aligned to the southern summer and winter solstice. Walk among the stones and sense the grandeur and be refreshed with morning tea. Travel east to explore the spectacular scenery and beautiful turquoise bays of the Cape Le Grande National Park, best known for its rocky headlands and kangaroos lazing on the white sandy beaches. Enjoy your picnic as you look out onto Hellfire Bay. Travel back to Esperance to see the ingenuity of innovators who have turned fish waste into artisan fish leather products. Australia’s only fish, shark and stingray leather tannery. Products for sale. Then journey to the gallery and working studio of glass artist Cindy Poole and see her craftsmanship and creativity in bespoke glass artworks. Find out the story behind the Whale Tail on the Esperance foreshore. Relax in her home garden and enjoy freshly brewed coffee. Complete your exploration of Esperance with a view of Pink Lake and views of peaceful bays, souring cliffs, pristine beaches and the sprawl of Recherche Archipelago along the Great Ocean Drive. See Twilight Beach voted “most Popular Beach in WA”. Take in the spectacular vistas – ‘best beaches in the world’.
Inquire about group tour departures on demand (except public holidays) 9.00am – 5.00pm
Departure point – Esperance Visitors Centre
Minimum 10 for departure
Make an online inquiry including dates and number of passengers
Places to Eat
From fine dining, casual café style, fish and chips to good coffee, Esperance has a fabulous diversity.
TripAdvisor rate the Coffee Cat as the best for coffee, The Loose Goose best for fine dining and The Taylor Street Jetty Café Resturant tops for casual, family eating. Or out of town, many are raving about Yirri Grove Olive Farm and Restaurant where, one reviewer said ‘you will experience ‘a calm and peaceful bush setting where the staff are friendly and attentive. The food is just beautiful with many of the ingredients coming from the[ir] own olive farm’. Consider booking ahead during the busy summer period when many families are on holiday.
Places to Stay
Esperance has a wide range of accommodation types to meet all travellers needs. Consider first whether you are after budget prices, great coastal views, access to a safe beach, seclusion in the bush or getting away for a romantic weekend with a loved one. There are some exceptional places to stay; Esperance has a good selection on offer for whatever your situation and requirements.
Catering for groups and leisure travellers, we recommend the The Jetty Resort, Esperance Clearwater Motel Apartments and Best Western Esperance.
Perfectly suited for families, couples and tour groups, there are studio apartments, holiday units and houses. We recommend Yot Spot Holiday Apartments, Island View Apartments and Rustic Retreat Esperance.
For stylish getaways, look no further than Esperance B&B by the Sea.
For quality, budget styled accommodation and the chance to cuddle cute animals try Esperance Bird & Animal Parl/Café & Restaurant.
Esperance has 4 quality caravan parks. Choose your location!