Esperance is an incredible place to visit in Australia. Located about 72 km from Perth, it would take 1 and a half hours by flight and 8 hours by car, to reach Esperance. Being blessed with stunning landscapes and sapphire-blue beaches, Esperance is a piece of paradise on earth and of the best places in Western Australia. Whether it is about clicking a picture of the natural beauty or experiencing some adrenaline-rush activities on the beach or planning to visit some major attractions, you will surely love everything about this place. You will even have several guided tours for the top attractions in Esperance or you can explore yourself if visiting off-beat places is your forte. And, for all the beach lovers out there, you will get to see how whitest the sand can be.
Top attractions in Esperance
In Esperance, it is not just about the beaches but there is so much more to explore. If you want to know where to visit on your trip to Esperance, check out the below 10 attractions.
1. Great Ocean Drive
Driving on the Great Ocean Road is one of the scenic experiences that you will get in Australia. This is said to be Esperance’s unspoiled beauty that extends to almost 40 km and loops back into the town. You will see here the twelve apostles, panoramic views of Esperance, the Recherche Archipelago, Twilight beach and many more. Apart from the coastal views, it also offers many water sports to keep your day exciting. When you visit Australia, make sure you jump into your car to drive along this iconic south coast and make the whole journey epic!
2. Cape Le Grand National Park
Cape Le Grande is a beautiful national park that is located 30 minutes drive away on the east of Esperance. This park features beaches like Lucky Bay, Hellfire Bay, Rossiter Bay, Le Grand Beach, Thistle Cove and a few mountain peaks. Some of the top things to do here include hiking the mountains, camping, fishing and even walking along the coastal path from Hellfire Bay to Rossiter Bay. Visit this park to witness the stunning scenery of the mountains along with the beach experience!
3. Esperance Bird and Animal Park
The Esperance Bird and Animal Park is a popular attraction for all the animal lovers and people who need a break from the beach. It is located 10 minutes away from the town, thus making it easily accessible for the visitors. Here, you can enjoy a hands-on experience and it would surely be one interesting thing to do in Esperance. After an interaction with the animals, you can enjoy some home-cooked food at the cafe nearby.
4. Esperance Museum
The Esperance Museum stands as home to a unique collection of old treasures from the 18th century. Right from farm machinery and maritime exhibits to early telephones and old rail carriage, everything that is displayed in this museum will amaze you. While you are there, don’t miss to check out NASA Skylab memorabilia which is the highlight of this place.
Address: Corner of James Street and Dempster Street, Esperance
Opening hours: Every day from 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Ticket price: 8.50 AUD
5. Stokes National Park
Stokes National Park covers an area of 16 hectares, extending 80 km on the west of Esperance. This park comprises both coastal scenery with beautiful beaches and dense forest with diverse flora and fauna. Here, in the Stokes Inlet, you can try various activities which include fishing, kayaking, boating and so much more. You can also try the Heritage trail which is about 4 km long to witness the beautiful views of the inlet.
6. Twilight Beach
Twilight beach is one of the top attractions in Esperance and it is located 1.5 hours away from the town. This place is such a soothing place for one to relax and take a stroll along the water’s edge. You can also try some water sports here as it is the safest place to try swimming and surfing. Even if swimming was not in your plan, the unbelievably clear waters will surely tempt you. Extending seven kilometres west of the town, Twilight beach is one of Australia’s best beaches.
7. Frenchman Peak Walk
Frenchman Peak Walk is one among the many beauties that Cape Le Grand National Park has. It is an excellent mountain walk of about 3 km. On your way to the summit of the mountain, you will get to witness some beautiful landscapes. Though it takes 3-4 hours of effort to reach the top, once you get there, you will realize how well worth it is. Don’t miss to try this trail to witness the breathtaking 360-degree views of Cape Le Grande.
8. Cape Arid National Park
Due to the reason that the park is remote and not easily accessible, only a few people make it here. The Park is beautiful in its own way with rich biodiversity. The place has 1100 varieties of plants and 160 species of birds. Curious to know what’s interesting? You have several walking trails ranging from 1-4 hours to take you through an entirely different world. While you are there, don’t miss witnessing the beauty of nature from the top of Mount Arid.
9. Fitzgerald River National Park
Fitzgerald River National Park is one of the top attractions in Esperance. It is located three hours away to the west of Esperance and stands as home to many different types of species. The best way to explore the park is by self-driving. You can also try some trails that are available to experience the best views of the beach nearby.
10. Lake Warden Kepwari Wetland Walk Trail
The starting point of Lake Warden Kepwari Wetland Walk Trail is just a 5 minutes drive from the centre of the town which makes it easily accessible for anyone. Kepwari is the word that translates to ‘Place of moving water’ and as it explains, the trail is along the wetlands for 7 km in total. You will witness some species of flora and fauna along the way and get to click amazing pictures of them.
Right from having a laid-back experience in the squeaky-clean white sand to colour-filled wildflower, Esperance gifts you a relaxing experience during your stay in this little town. Why not visit and experience this for real? All you have to do is, head out to the Pickyourtrail website and check some the packages to Australia. Also, make sure to have the application downloaded to receive 24*7 support throughout the trip.