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Drive through Salmon Gums to arrive in Esperance. The town
enjoys kilometres of unspoilt coastline, national parks and plenty of
marine activities. There’s plenty to do in town, but the best attractions
are a little further out. Be sure to do The Great Ocean Drive for an
introduction to the local beaches. Visit Recherche Archipelago – a haven
for a variety of wildlife – Nine Mile Beach Wind Farm, Duke of Orleans
Bay and Cape Le Grand National Park. There, wild coastal scenery and
rugged granite peaks create one of the State’s most spectacular national
parks, with wide sandy beaches and bays giving way to the inland of
heath-covered sand plain, swamps and freshwater pools.
On the way back to Perth, take your time through Fitzgerald River
National Park. It’s one of the last great wilderness areas of the South,
housing nearly 20 per cent of Western Australia’s plant species.
THE CONCLUSION | This area of Western Australia is probably one of the
least explored but is very significant in terms of our history and character.
Australasian Safari competitors and their teams and families were in awe
of the vibrant colours of the outback, the remoteness of the areas and the
friendly encounters along the way, mainly from fellow drivers who we
had to flag down to borrow fuel from to fill up our motor home! A big tip is
to fill up with petrol at every town and don’t rely on petrol stations being
open on a Sunday in the smaller locations.
Be aware of road trains on the regional highways. They can be pulling
up to four trailers so give them plenty of space and only overtake when
the road is completely clear.
Permits are essential for travel on Aboriginal Lands. The Outback
Way, between Laverton and Uluru, is patrolled, and fines will be issued if
visitors have not obtained a permit. Permits are also required to traverse
some sections of the Canning Stock Route. When travelling through
Aboriginal Lands, drivers are prohibited to divert off the main road.
The Golden Outback is renowned for gold prospecting and fossicking.
To prospect in Western Australia, each person requires a Miner’s Right.
This authorises the holder to prospect within agreed areas.
The best time to travel through this part of the world is when it isn’t too
hot or cold - April through to May, for instance – although swimming at
Esperance’s beaches is gorgeous in summer (January to March).
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THIS PAGE The final two legs of the Safari took place in and around
Esperance – should you choose to end your own trip there, you can
take advantage of the region’s unspoilt coastline, watersports and national
parks. The perfect change from the journey’s dusty desert beginnings!
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