Esperance - The great escape.
Esperance’s most renowned feature is its magnificent beaches, the coastline acclaimed for having some of the whitest beaches in Australia.
Southern Right whales migrate along the Esperance coastline between June and October with whales and their calves frequenting sheltered coves can often be seen from the shore and the many beach paths.
Esperance’s Pink Lake (in town) unfortunately isn't as pink as it used to be. These days more of a 'blush', however, the other veeeery pink lake is Lake Hillier, Middle Island. This can be seen by fixed wing, helicopter or boat tours, which generally only run peak holiday season.
Explore The Great Ocean Drive, this spectacular tourist loop stretches 38kms; allowing for a scenic tour of local highlights along the coastline. Outstanding stop off locations include the Rotary Lookout, West Beach, Blue Haven and Twilight Beach.
There are 5 national parks situated around Esperance. each is unique, yet all share common elements, including the prestigious coastline, tranquil bushwalks, and the beautiful surrounding fauna and flora. Located 48km from the centre of Esperance is The Cape Le Grand National Park with its massive granite peaks where the friendly kangaroos at Lucky Bay can be seen lazing on the luminescent beaches - a must see. If you're lucky enough to catch Robyn or Doc in the Lucky Bean Café van on the beach, stop for a chat, not only great coffee but a magical view - the indigenous family a wealth of knowledge on country and local aboriginal culture.
Things to do at Esperance Chalet Village
Catch a fish on your door step. Drop a line in Bandy Creek
Bandy Creek (known to local aboriginals as 'barngiup' the place of the river bream) is now fully tidal and open to the sea with good bream fishing, depending on the time of day and the tide, or grab a kayak and explore the bush from the water, the creek is alive with the soothing sounds of nature and abundant bird life.
LIVE LIKE A LOCAL
SOME THINGS TO DO IN ANd AROUND TOWN
- Start your day with a coffee at Coffee Cat, BeanBreak or fab espresso bar Down Town (killer pastries too!)
- Morning swims are always beautiful at West Beach or spend the day with the family at Twilight
- Catch Kool Cones Icecream Van cruising the beaches for a choc-top soft-serve
- Blue Haven a village fav, Observatory Point and Eleven Mile Lagoon at low tide pretty special
- Take a stroll along the stunning Esperance foreshore, be sure to admire not only the beautiful bay but the many locally grown, indigenous plant species too
- Grab a juice or smoothie at the jetty and a have a yarn with Mario at S'Juice he's always up for a custom blend of goodness and punches out a homemade hearty soup during the cooler months
- Taylors Street Quarters great for a casual weekend breakie, lunch or dinner (weekdays and weekends) on the deck overlooking the water, enjoy local brew and live music on Sunday's for the perfect sunset and early evening session - the Blackberrry Bramble cocktail a summer winner
- Hit the road for a tour of the breathtaking tourist loop beaches with a refreshing pit stop at the Lucky Bay Brewery - pale ale a fav, owner/brewer Nigel passionate about his crafted brews
- Fat Albert Cycle Tours, a unique way to cruise the squeaky white sand - cycling 'on' the beach
- A day cruise with Woody Island Eco Tours woodyisland.com.au to magical Woody Island or fishing charter with Esperance Diving and Fishing (they also do tours of Lake Hillier, Middle Island)
- Goldfields Air Services fly over Lake Hillier too 1800 359 427 for bookings.
- If you in need of personal maintenance - facial, mani, pedi head to B Naturally You (great stash of cossies too).
- Hair Picasso for a holiday trim or quick blowie and for the menfolk Dempster Street Barber - old school hot towel shave a real treat
- Retail therapy favourites Flame, Woven, Innertube Surf Shop, Amanda at ESP stocks a treasure trove of goodies and the girls at Naturally Esperance for a hand crafted gem from an array of local artisans - pottery (Mint Blue Sea) soaps, candles and more (located in the museum village)
- The Barefoot Tribe has a super cool collection for bubs an kiddies (and the cutest little store!) also stocking some local talent Knots and Weaves Co, and B and B Designs.
- Splash Out Coastal Living Home Art, an array of little gems and cool art workshops that run throughout the year - see Louise for details.
- The Toy Station great for holiday games
- Colour your world bright with Jody Ellet Art
- Be captivated at Baxter & Maree Gallery, snap up Tammy Andrews evocative and unique Esperance work or invest in a one-off piece. Tammy's hubby Warren from the Courthouse Framers/ camera shop local beach photographic prints
- Get lost in dreamtime stories at Kepa Kurl Gallery for indigenous art and gifts and White Sands Gallery for some large scale Esperance canvas or framed art (also museum village)
- Fenwick Cinema for a great holiday flick if the weather turns
- The Book Box for a hit of localness stocking WA authors and more
- The newly built skate park a hit
- Cafés - Onshore (next to cinema), Ocean Blues, do great cakes and coffee
- Sumo Salad for all things Sumo and takeaway sushi
- The Pier Hotel a good, solid pub feed (with excellent wood fired pizzas)
- The Esperance Hotel for a dose of live music and the best chicken snitzel in town
- The Loose Goose for some fine food local fare or café dining at Brown Sugar with an indigenous flavour (try the traditional damper and quandong jam)
- Or the Gibson Soak bit of old school pub love, always worth a trip just out of town
- The Esperance Bay Yacht Club perfect for a Friday night easy dinner with loads of room for kids spilling out on the lawn
- Pop to the Museum Village Markets on Sunday mornings for bit of vintage, craft and food stall fun (Rolled with Love sushi and gozleme a hit)
- Pop into the Esperance Café at the Museum Village for a B.L.T. or a steak burger
- Esperance Growers Market, a small but thriving gathering of passionate locals. Evette Manstead's homegrown coleslaw salad the best and Bread Local sourdough next level
- Yirri Grove Olives is the place to go for a long weekend lunch or stock up on Anne's award winning olive oil - the marinated chilli olives a favourite
- Spend the day out at the Duke of Orleans, be sure to check out the Condi Tavern hand built from stunning local granite. Glamour burgers or hearty fish and chips never fail. The family run business homemade baked cheesecake a winner
- Stonehenge for its sheer, raw beauty - the full size replica made entirely from local pink granite (the summer and winter solstice breathtaking)
- Fish Face local seafood dine-in and takeaway delicious or head to Bandy Creek boat harbour and buy direct from the boat, visit Abalone Australia who export their first class catch world wide
- BJ's Fruit and Veg for hand picked goodness and health foods
- The closest IGA supermarket only a few minutes drive up the road stocks all the essential's including local fare Two Rae's sausages, Hellfire Bay Hot Sauce, Esperance Eggs (you can also buy direct from the farm close by - kids love seeing all the chooks!) and more, open 7 days a week from 7am - 7pm or Super IGA in town weekdays and Saturday only. Limited store trading on Sundays, we generally all at the beach! Hope to see you soon.
Explore Our Region
Explore our region with your 4WD. Wiley Bay (beach access) 5 minutes down the road from the village, get into 4WD mode and hit the sand (check tides) the spectacular drive stretches all the way to Cape Le Grand, beach fishing, swimming and surf spots along the way including local break Kelp Beds.
* Indicates 4WD only marked roads
- Cape Le Grand National Park
- Dunn's Rock*
- Alexander Bay*
- Duke of Orleans Bay
- Mount Ridley*
- Thomas River
- Cape Arid *
- Poison Creek*
- Stokes National Park
- Lake Monjingup
- Helms Arbetorium
- Kepwari Wetland Walk Trail
- Lake Windabout
(**This is just a selection of the places to see/eat/shop/explore/experience and enjoy around town, by no means a comprehensive list, many other gems to discover)