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DAN PARIS | Landscapes + coastline + history
kite surfers Dotted with
scenic offshore islands, Esperance
is a fantastic spot for kite surfers
of all levels of experience. Almost
all the kite surfing in the region
is done from September through
to March, and locals recommend
Wharton Beach and Thomas River
in Cape Arid National Park as two
of the best places to fly your kite.
art lovers The Esperance arts
trail winds in and around the town
with more than 10 galleries and
studios to drop into on Dempster
Street, Lalor Drive and Tyrell Road.
The range of art spans photography,
painting, digital imaging, jewellery,
glass, sculpture and furniture, and
most of the galleries are nestled in
garden and beachside settings.
four wheel drivers With
its expansive beaches and plethora
of sand dunes, Esperance is the
four-wheel driver’s paradise.
Dunns Beach, Lucky Bay and
Wylie Bay Dunes are just some of
the four-wheel driving hotspots
to tackle in this region, but if
you don’t want to brave it alone,
you can join a tag-along tour.
fishers There are more than 20
fishing spots around Esperance,
with salmon, herring, flathead,
skippy and sand whiting the
most common catches. Most
spots require 4WD access (such as
Alexander Bay, Point Malcolm and
Poison Creek), but there is some
easier-access beach fishing through
Lucky Bay and Cape Le Grand.
Photographer Dan Paris has called
Esperance home since he was seven.
After high school, though, he lived
abroad (UK, US, South-East Asia,
India), then spent time in some of
Australia’s remotest and hottest
areas. His travels made him realise
how special Esperance is. He shares
the secrets of it with us.
“It was while travelling that I
realised one of the most diverse
and undiscovered locations was
actually the place I grew up in. So,
I finished the lap seven years ago
and returned to Esperance to begin
life as a photographer and father.
Esperance has always been close to
me because of its beautiful natural
settings (national parks, pristine
coastline, Recherche Archipelago
of 100-plus islands). Being a
stretch of southern coastline, it
can be a tropical paradise one
day and a complete contrast the
next. It’s a constantly evolving
landscape, perfect for a landscape
photographer. It’s also great to
walk down the street and spend an
hour or two bumping into people
being part of the community.
My favourite things to do? A lot
of exploring with the camera, but
also camping, diving, growing
vegetables and, generally, slowing
the pace of life a little. Favourite
spots include Cape Le Grand
National Park for its turquoise
waters and rugged headlands,
Cape Arid National Park for its
wonderful colour during wildflower
season and perfect surfing wave,
and Parmango Road homesteads
for their pioneering history and
remoteness - classic outback.”
WHITEST SAND It’s official: Lucky Bay near Esperance is
still Australia’s whitest beach. Whitehaven Beach (on Whitsunday Island)
made a bid for the coveted title last year, but Lucky Bay came out on
top again after a unanimous vote from the National Committee for Soil
& Terrain. The whiteness depends on the composition and size of sand
particles and can relate to the presence of coral or fine quartz particles.
Sand samples were collected in the active beach zone and evaluated.
Lucky Bay is in the idyllic Cape Le Grand National Park, and has clear
turquoise water and beautiful swimming conditions. The beach stretches
5km so if you’re in search of tranquillity, it’s only a short stroll away.
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