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Esperance is renowned for its
Pink Lake, outstanding coastline and
arguably the prettiest bays and beaches
in Australia, including the spectacular
offshore islands of Recherche
Archipelago. But located 721km (a very
long drive from Perth), this destination
is not part of the regular tourist trails, so
maintains a lovely combination of
farming community and port town.
ENJOY... a pristine coast, blissful
solitude, national parks, water activities,
walking trails and great 4WDing.
Region size: 7400sqkm
Distance from Perth: 721km
• 8- or 9-hour drive from Perth
• 10-plus art galleries
• 38km of pristine southern coast
scenery along great Ocean Drive
• 11 camping spots
• 14,000 tonnes of salt is harvested
from Pink Lake each year.
• Cape Arid National Park is home to
endangered Western ground Parrots.
• Explore the largest diveable wreck off
the Australian coast, the Sanko Harvest.
CLIMATE Winter maximum is about
17°C, but can be colder. It starts to warm
up after July, the wettest, coldest month.
While significantly colder in the
middle of the year, and not ideal
camping conditions for those who
feel the bite of winter, Esperance
from June to October is a great
time for adventurers and nature
lovers. Southern right whales can
be spotted from the bays close to
the town and they particularly love
all the sheltered coves within the
national parks (try Cape Le Grand).
There’s bird-watching to be done
as well, with Cape Arid National
Park (home to the endangered
Western Ground Parrots) a likely
spot. Between June and September
the wildflowers are in bloom at
Monjingup Lake Nature Reserve,
Helms Arboretum and many other
spots. Divers, fishers and 4WDers:
Esperance is your place year-
round. The islands of the Recherche
Archipelago are washed by crystal-
clear turquoise waters, and home
to a variety of fish, including red
snapper, harlequin fish and sweep
to name a few. Woody Island is
open for camping from September
and offers excellent facilities from
basic camp sites to safari huts.
If you’re a windsurfer, October
through summer provides fantastic
conditions along the coast, and
you’ve also better camping weather
and chances to spot kangaroos
sunbaking at the bays.
Spend time exploring pristine white
beaches that seem to stretch forever.
THIngS TO DO
Esperance | July to December 2010.
REASOnS TO gO
More than 100 islands make up this
stunning archipelago, known by locals
as the Bay of Isles. Many of the smaller
islands are granite outcrops, while one
of the largest, Woody Island, is open for
play, offering jetty fishing, bushwalking,
snorkelling and lagoon swimming.
Diving between islands is a must (read
on for more) or join a catamaran cruise
if that’s more your style.
Just one of the attractions along the
great Ocean Drive, Twilight cove is
a special place on the full moon. You
can see the moon rise over the ocean
while the sun sets behind you, lighting
up the rocks like a christmas tree. It’s
in Twilight Bay, one of Australia’s most
scenic, with gently rounded granite
cliffs, impossibly white sand and clear
turquoise waters. Its calm waters make it
a suitable swimming beach for families.
This massive salt lake appears pink in
the right weather conditions due to
its high concentration of salt-tolerant
algae. Depending on the time of day,
water and salinity levels, the pink has
been known to alter from brilliant blues
to a fairytale pink. For the best view
and winning photographs, take a walk
to Pink Lake lookout – use a polarising
filter or a sunglass lens in front of your
camera for dramatic effect.
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