Esperance is a picturesque town nestled on the south coast of Western Australia, about 9 hours’ drive from Perth. The year-round temperate climate, beautiful beaches and pristine coastal landscapes, including the famous Cape Le Grand National Park, make it a popular holiday destination.
Follow the coastal roads out of Esperance and within minutes you’ll be passing a string of unspoilt white sand beaches, perfect for a picnic or a photo stop. Off the coast, a necklace of 110 islands known as the Recherche Archipelago has earned the town its title as the ‘Bay of Isles’. You can take a cruise around the archipelago, stopping at Woody Island for bushwalks and snorkelling, or an overnight stay in the island’s tents and safari huts (available September to April).
For many visitors, the untouched beaches and bushland of the outback coast's national parks, such as Cape Le Grand National Park, are a big drawcard. Follow one of the many coastal walk trails and take in the stunning views of white sandy beaches, rust-stained granite headlands and rugged islands.
With a history dating back to the time of the early European explorers, the area has a long and fascinating past. The town itself was established after the discovery of gold around 1895. You can discover more about this rich cultural heritage in the town’s museums. And there are many more great things to see and do, from walk trails, fishing spots and scenic drives to art galleries and annual events. Check out the list of attractions and events for more details.
Esperance accommodation and services
With over 60 establishments, including quality motels, hotels, caravan and holiday parks, chalets, apartments, farm stays and bed and breakfasts, there are plenty of accommodation options to choose from. Search for Esperance accommodation or for detailed information about disabled and dog-friendly accommodation, contact the visitor centre.
There’s a good selection of dining establishments in town, including a la carte restaurants, cafes, tearooms, seafood eateries, pizza kitchens, fish and chip cafes and takeaways. Search for restaurants.
To find out more about Esperance accommodation and attractions, including Cape Le Grand National Park, check out www.visitesperance.com or visit the Shire’s website at www.esperance.wa.gov.au.
Suggested outback drive routes
The Esperance and Lakes Self Drive takes you on a journey through historic towns, picturesque farmland and outback wineries en route to the coastal town of Esperance View more
Take the Esperance and Wave Rock Self Drive and travel to Esperance via one of Australia’s most famous rock formations and spectacular woodlands country. View more
Travel the Eyre Highway across the Nullarbor Plain and you’ll experience the remoteness of the Great Victoria Desert, the pounding Southern Ocean of the Great Australian Bight and the beautiful Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. View more
Follow the Coastal and Esperance self drive from Perth to Esperance, travelling through quaint Wheatbelt towns to breathtaking southern coastline of Western Australia. View more
This Coastal Wildflowers Self Drive takes you on a journey of discovery through spectacular natural scenery that is home to some of Western Australia’s most stunning spring wildflowers. View more