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Beachside camping is just the
thing for summer – swim by day
and fall asleep to the sound of
lapping waves at night. Pitch a
tent at one of these great locations
Quagi Beach | If you’re looking
for a remote escape, this is it.
Around 80km from town, the
campsite is nestled in bush just
metres from the ocean, so you
can swim and fish to your heart’s
content. It is accessible by 2WD,
but the road in is a bit rough.
Munglinup Beach | This beach
is bordered by natural reef,
making it a fantastic place for
fishing and snorkelling. You
can also canoe on the Oldfield
Estuary, or take a walk along the
beautiful coastline. Good 2WD
access leads to the site, located
around 110km from Esperance.
Lucky Bay | Voted ‘Australia’s
whitest beach’, Lucky Bay is the
spot for spoilt campers. Enjoy the
delights of nature – but not without
gas barbecues, solar hot water
showers, shade shelters, toilets
and easy 2WD access.
Dry summer conditions are great for
4WD adventures. Head to Cape Le
Grand where you can drive along the
striking white beaches at Lucky Bay
and Thistle Cove, then climb the 46m
Wylie Rock. Cape Arid also offers
some rugged trails, with a great
view to admire at the top of Mount
Ragged. If you’re not confident
driving alone, organise a professional
4WD tour (many have an option to
tag-a-long in your own vehicle).
Salmon, skippy, herring, sand
whiting, flathead – it’s all there for
the catching in Esperance. There
are more than 20 fishing spots,
but for easy 2WD access head to
Cape Le Grand (try Hellfire Bay and
Thistle Cove) or closer to town at
West Beach and Blue Haven Bay.
Tanker Jetty is another great spot to
take the family – although you will
have to compete for fish with local
resident Sammy the sea lion.
Explore the wilderness by foot
along these scenic walk trails.
The Kepwari Wetland Walk Trail |
This 3.6km interpretive tail is
just a five minute drive from
town. Designed to educate the
public on native vegetation, the
track also features two bird hides
– attracting a beautiful selection of
local water birds.
Great Ocean Way | A must-do for
nature lovers. The trail meanders
12km around Esperance’s
spectacular coast, passing local
attractions such as Tanker Jetty,
Twilight beach and Blue Haven.
Lake Monjingup | Wildlife is
abundant along this easy walk
trail, just 10 minutes from
Esperance. The boardwalk is
lined with paperbark trees and
offers a sensational view of local
birds and plants. Gas barbecues
also make it a great picnic site.
Squally winds make the ocean
off Esperance relatively hostile
during winter, but summer brings
ideal conditions for kite surfing.
While the season runs from
September to March, the best time
is between December and January.
Locals recommend Wharton
Beach and Thomas River in Cape
Arid National Park as two of the
best spots to hit the surf – but you
should always check the local
conditions before heading out.
Experience the region’s
vibrant creative community
along the Esperance Art Trail
Weaving in and out of the town
centre, the trail features 14 local
galleries, studios and public
artworks – including painting,
sculpture, furniture, jewellery,
digital imaging and photography.
The Esperance coast is considered
among the best diving locations in
Australia. It’s home to the famous
Sanko Harvest shipwreck – the
second largest dive wreck in the
world and a vital habitat for marine
life such as blue groper and red
snapper. The Lapwing wreck –
covered with soft coral and
sponge growth – is another
popular site. The islands of the
Recherche Archipelago each have
multiple sites to view coloured
coral and marine life.
Lucky Bay: Australia’s Whitest Beach
west of Hopetoun
The Esperance area has plenty of
opportunities for 4WD adventure.
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