• Suggested Time: 7 Days
  • Esperance & Fitzgerald Coast

Esperance is an absolute haven of natural wonders. You’ll find an abundance of white-sand beaches, rugged national parks and the clearest ocean water.

Esperance is just over 700km from Perth and the drive to get there is one EPIC road trip! You can take in the sights of the Wheatbelt along the way, stopping to surf a wave or catch some super-sized art on the Public Silo Trail. Keep scrolling for our perfect 7-day itinerary from Perth.

To ensure you enjoy a safe and well-planned journey, take a look at our pages on Traveling to and Around the Golden Outback and Important travel tips. If you have your camping gear or caravan in tow, check out the range of caravan parks and camping sites available in Australia’s Golden Outback.

Driving times and distances intended as a guide only and may vary depending on exact route taken. Accommodation options are indicative as to what is available in the area.

Above map not to scale and intended as a guide only.

Looking for more road trips? Take a look at our other road trips around Australia’s Golden Outback.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where to stop halfway between Perth and Esperance?

A. Hyden is the perfect halfway mark from Perth to Esperance (335km). Here, you’ll be able to surf the iconic ‘Wave Rock’, soak in the salty waters of Lake Magic, and admire the Aboriginal rock art at Mulka’s Cave and The Humps.

Q. Do you need a 4WD to drive from Perth to Esperance?

A. No, the drive to Esperance from Perth is on sealed roads and highways.

Q. What is the best time/month to go to Esperance?

A. Although Summer is a popular choice, we personally believe there’s no better time to visit Esperance than in Autumn and Spring. The summer crowds have finally left, and the milder temperatures make it perfect for outdoor activities such hiking trails, wildflower spotting, island hopping, boating, and fishing. With fewer crowds, you can explore popular attractions and experience the dreamlike coastline all to yourself.

Q. How long is the drive from Perth to Esperance? (e.g. if you did it direct)

A. Esperance is just over 700km from Perth, which is about a 7.5-hour drive. We recommend taking a few stops on the drive to stretch your legs and admire the quirky sights as you weave your way through the Wheatbelt, such as Wave Rock, Lake Magic, Mary’s Farm, and the PUBLIC Silo’s Trail.

Q. Is Esperance worth the drive?

A. Esperance is a haven of natural wonders, featuring squeaky white-sand beaches, rugged national parks, and the clearest blue ocean water, all of which makes it well worth the drive! Don’t miss the chance to see the kangaroos at Lucky Bay, crowned the World’s Best Beach in 2023, explore the remarkable Cape Le Grand, as well as experience the farm-to-plate food scene, and the bush-to-bottle distillery. The drive to Esperance from Perth is also an adventure in itself, filled with an abundance of quirky attractions to sight-see along the way!

Q. How many days do you need in Esperance?

A. We recommend spending at least 3 nights in Esperance, The Road to Esperance Itinerary lists an abundance of attractions for you to check off your list! As you weave your way through the Wheatbelt, you’ll find yourself stopping in at the wonderous Wave Rock and Lake Magic, hiking trails through Fitzgerald River National Park, admiring supersized art along the PUBLIC Silo Trail, and experiencing authentic, rural, farm-life at Mary’s Cottages. Arriving in Esperance, you’ll be spending your days exploring some of the world’s best beaches along the Great Ocean Drive, soaking in views of the remarkable Cape Le Grand, and island cruising to Woody Island, just to name a few!

Events along the way

Wave Rock Weekender

Wave Rock Weekender

Wave Rock Weekender is an intimate boutique festival experience with a soul bigger than the 270 million year old Wave Rock itself; brilliant artists…

Esperance Wildlfower Show

Esperance Wildflower Festival

2023 theme is Banksias The Esperance Wildlfower Festival will feature: A display of over 600 individual specimensArt CompetitionsGuest…

Esperance markets

Museum Village Markets

Two Sundays, every month. Market stalls include Arts and Craft, Jams, Honeys, fresh fruit and veggies, ice-cream etc. Come down for lots of family…