Esperance

Great Southern Edge, Western Australia

Things to do

Meet the kangaroos at Lucky Bay

Lucky Bay is renowned for its white sandy beaches, blue waters and the friendly local kangaroos, providing the ultimate picture-perfect postcard setting. Lucky Bay stretches along 5 km, offering breathtaking views of the bay and the Recherche Archipelago and is only a short 45-minute drive from our park. Spend your day relaxing on the beach, snorkelling, kayaking, beach fishing or hiking along the many tracks. Between July and October each year, whales migrate along the coastline.

Explore Esperance

Soak in the breathtaking views of the Recherche Archipelago from the town centre and take the scenic Great Ocean drive (38 km), which loops past countless pristine beaches. Watch the dolphins play in the shallow waters and stop at Twilight Beach for and private bays and watch the dolphins play in the shallow waters. Stop at Twilight cove for a picnic on the beach.

Day trip to Recherche Archipelago

Esperance is surrounded by over 100 uninhabited islands – the Recherche Archipelago. Take the ferry to Woody Island and enjoy bushwalking, hiking, swimming, snorkelling and fishing on the deserted island.

Indigenous tours

The local Aboriginal people in Esperance, the Noongar, are deeply connected to the region’s natural attributes. Take a day tour with one of the tour operators who will show you the traditional hunting and gathering practices. Walk along native bush trails on a walking tour, see southern rock art and taste some local bush tucker. For information on full or half days tours available, click here.

Lake Hillier

Take a scenic flight or boat cruise and witness the spectacular hues of fuchsia pink of Lake Hillier. The lake is located on Middle Island and provides a breathtaking contrast to the surrounding turquoise waters. The island was also home to Australia’s only known pirate, Black Jack Anderson who lived on the island in 1826. His campground can still be found there today.  

Hiking

Experienced hikers can enjoy a 3 km hike to the Frenchman’s peak in Cape Le Grand National Park. Follow the signs and footpaths on this steep incline, which is home to many native animals, caves and rewards you with breathtaking views over the National park and bay.

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Visit the Esperance Stonehenge

The Esperance Stonehenge is the only full-size replica of the original Stonehenge in the UK and consists of 137 pink granite stones, weighing 28-50 tonnes each and reaching up to 8 metres in height. Like the original in the UK, the Esperance Stonehenge was built to align with the solstices in Winter / Summer.

Located on Merivale road, just 7 km from the Esperance town centre.

Esperance Museum

Visit the Esperance museum, located on James Street which offers a glimpse into the history of the region, linking the cultural heritage of white settlers to the indigenous past of the region. The Museum also features a Skylab exhibition, which crashed in 1979. Skylab was America’s first space station, which orbited unmanned for 5 years before returning to earth and shattering debris all over the greater Esperance region.

Swim in 10 mile beach lagoon

The sheltered lagoon is a slice of paradise, located 10 miles out of the town centre. Take a refreshing swim in the lagoon, which mirrors pastel hues of turquoise. Take a picnic and enjoy the serenity of the lagoon.

Seasonal Wildflowers

From August to November each year the region blooms and seasonal wildflowers blossom in every corner. The Fitzgerald National Park is home to nearly 20% of WA’s plant species. The national park is home to over 1,800 species of flowering plants and is listed as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO and is recognized as one of the most diverse botanical regions in the world.

Surfing

Go surfing at West Beach, only a short drive from the town centre. There are three different breaks suitable for all abilities. Jump into the crystal waters of the bay or swim in the calmer waters of the lagoons.