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Z There are many routes to
drive to Esperance – the
shortest is 700km from Perth.
Z TransWA offers coach
services to Esperance,
TIP The two-day Esperance
and Lakes self-drive from
Perth takes you on a journey
past lakes, historic towns,
picturesque farmland and
If you’re up for a road trip,
crossing this mesmerising
and treeless plain is the
experience. Eyre Highway is
the longest straight stretch
of road in Australia, but if you
are well prepared, this road
trip is its own reward. Watch
wooded hills flatten into plateaus
with mobs of kangaroos; visit
vast cattle stations, historic
homesteads and remote
railway outposts; spot rare
birds, see whales and catch fish
in Fowlers Bay; and sleep
overnight in one of the
roadhouses or camp under
a blanket of bright stars. You’ll
need a 4WD to venture through
more remote areas.
Drop in on
PARKS & WILDLIFE
92 Dempster Street,
(08) 9083 2100
1. WALK TRAILS
Z For a short trail try Kep Warri
walk in the Esperance Lakes, or
Woody Lake Nature Reserve
Z There’s a 12km coastal walk trail
at Le Grand beach and Lucky Bay.
Z The 8-10km Thomas River trail
gives you great vistas of the
coastline and passing whales.
2. WHALE WATCHING
From June to October, southern
right whales stop in wide sweeping
bays where females can calf. Try
protected Yokanup Bay, headlands
such as Dolphin Cove lookout or
Point Anne in Fitzgerald River NP.
3. SPOT THE WILDLIFE
Look out for the endemic western
ground parrot, and the rare brush
wallaby. There’s also a large seal
population on the islands, while the
whale-watching here is spectacular.
CAPE LE GRAND NATIONAL PARK
This stunning park is a major
attraction, 70km east of Esperance.
Climb Frenchman’s Peak via a steep
track for an amazing view. If you have
a 4WD, give the 28km Cape Le Grand
Beach a go.
Stretching 5km, pristine Lucky Bay
is rated one of the country’s best
beaches. Chances are you’ll meet
kangaroos, or you might see dolphins.
Divers can walk in off the beach.
FITZGERALD RIVER NATIONAL PARK
Renowned for rugged scenery and
1800 species of spring wildflowers, the
Fitzgerald River divides the national
park of the same name. Point Ann and
Cave Point are good spots for whale
sightings. Safari tours run to the park
PINK LAKE Lake Hillier on Middle Island in the Recherche
Archipelago is a very ordinary 600m in length, with a typically
diverse range of fish. But this little lake is world-famous for its
astonishing pink colour. Scientists speculate the stunning rosy
hue comes from a pigment created by microalgae in the salt
crusts. View Lake Hillier by boat, or by aircraft from above.
Tip Get stuck into herring,
salmon, mulloway, silver
trevalley, whiting and more...
Z Camp within the Cape
Le Grand, Fitzgerald and
Stokes national parks.
Z There are caravan parks in both
Esperance and Hopetoun.
Z Get to know the locals by
staying in one of the many
B&Bs or farmstays.
Z Self-cater in a holiday house
Z Find a hotel or motel to
suit your budget and level
DO AND SEE
Deep-sea fish species include red
snapper, pink snapper, breaksea cod
and samson fish, to name just a few.
Anglers fishing off the beach or rocks
can get stuck into herring, salmon,
mulloway, silver trevally, King George
whiting and numerous other species
that make for good tucker.
RECHERCHE NATURE RESERVE
More than 100 islands and 1500
islets less than 1km offshore protect
Esperance from the Southern
Ocean swells. Take a boat or
wildlife cruise through the beautiful
archipelago, and view New Zealand
fur seals, sea lions, and dolphins. The
largest island is Woody Island, and it
is accessible to visitors for camping,
bushwalks, snorkelling and fishing.
One of the world’s
largest displays of
wildflowers, with more
than 600 specimens in
their natural setting and on
Wildflowers, indigenous plants, craft stalls,
photographic exhibitions, school art and musical
performances all feature at this festival. Sep.
FESTIVAL OF THE WIND ESPERANCE
Wind is a constant in Esperance and this three-day festival of music, film,
food and arts events celebrates the town’s dynamic culture, with a focus on
sustainable living. Biennial, Oct.
1300 664 455
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