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Things to Do & Places to Visit in Esperance

There is a wide selection of things to do and see in and around Esperance. From its worlds famous white sandy beaches to exploring the majestc Researche Archipelago. Cape Le Grand National Park to new multimillion foreshore development.

The New Esperance Foreshore Development

The breathtaking views of the the islands of the Recherche Archpelago, from the town foreshore has been enhanced with a new 35.5 million dollar development along the Esperance Foreshore. The town foreshore has become a busy and vibrant place for vistors and their families to hang out.

The foreshore development includes meandering footpaths, a kids playground, exercise equipment, barbecue areas, bike racks, picnic shelters, modern toilet blocks and public art, including the new Esperance icon, the Whale Tail.

The Whale Tail - A New Esperance Icon

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IN TOWN

Esperance Visitor Centre
Find out what's happening in Esperance;, what to do, what to see and where to stay. Phone +61 8 9083 1555 Visit website.

Historic Museum Village
Fascinating collection of historical buildings which house art, craft and design shops and café.

Municipal Museum
One of WA's outstanding regional museums. Exhibits include the worlds largest and most comprehensive Skylab [ the first American space station] and Sanko Harvest displays. Visit website

The Old Tanker Jetty
The old timber Tanker Jetty (670m), is located on the town foreshore is great for a walks and a popular town fishing spot. The Old Jetty is integral part of the new foreshore development, which features a new playground, a food trucks area, exercise machines and meandering walkways.

Cannery Arts Centre
The premier exhibition space, touring exhibitions, studies, art and craft shop featuring local works for sale.

Dempster Homestead 
Built in 1867 this was the home of Esperance's most famous pioneer family. It is privately owned but can be viewed from the road.

Tommy Windich Grave
Burial place of the faithful friend and companion of early explorer John Forrrest.

Bay of Isles Leisure Centre
For family fitness and fun with indoor heated pools with modern gymnasium, spa and sauna, crèche and café.

WITH THE KIDS

The New Jetty Park
On the Esplanade, next to the Old St Jetty.

Adventureland Park
On the Esplanade, next to the Taylor St Jetty.

The Mini Steam Train
The operating between 01 October to 30 April. school holidays & weekends, 10am to 4.30pm.

The Skate Board Park
Along the Esplanade next to Adventureland Park..

Esperance Mini Golf
Open Sundays 10.00am - 4.00pm. (Every day during school holidays.)

Esperance Bird and Animal Park
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10am to 4pm. (Every day during school holidays.)

Elto's Inflatable Water Park
Esperance foreshore (near port beach area. Summer Season (Weekends and school holidays). More info 0400 820 307.

TOURS, DRIVES & CRUISES

The Great Ocean Drive (38kms Tourist Loop)
The Great Ocean Drive is a scenic drive that follows the local coastline and then loops back into town. Highlights along the way include the Rotary Lookout, Twilight Beach, Observatory Point, the Wind Farm and Pink Lake.

The Great Country Drive
The Great Country Drive is a 92kms scenic loop that takes the visitor inland, to various attractions, such as the beautiful Lake Monjingup, Kepwari Trails, and many others.

Recherche Archipelago 
A haven for an enormous variety of wildlife,as well as being a playground for holiday makers,.offering excellent fishing,snorkelling,.diving and sailing.

Woody Island
15km from Esperance with daily cruise access. Visit www.woodyisland.com.au/

APEX Port Tours
Saturday 1:30pm from the Esperance Port Viewing Area, small charge applies.

Mermaid Leather
Australia's only specialist fish and shark leather tannery. Tour through the studio and learn from a DVD presentation how Mermaid spins their magic of turning raw fish skins into a fine exotic leather. Visit www.mermaidleather.com.au

Dalyup River Winery
The only winery in the Esperance area. A range of red and white wines are available for tasting and sales.Open Saturday and Sunday only closed over winter.

Esperance Stonehenge
A full size replica of the original “Stonehenge” in the UK, comprising of 137 Stones of Esperance Pink Granite. A very unique experience. Visit www.esperancestonehenge.com.au

WALKING TRAILS & LOOKOUTS

Esperance Wildflowers

Between June and September the Esperance Wildflower season explodes.  The large variety of species include native orchids, banskias and a myriad of other species.

Rotary Lookout / Walk-Trail
For 360 degree views of land and seascapes.  Several species of flowering Eucalypts, Dryandras, Twining Clematis, Australian Blubell, Fringe Lilies in early summer, Pimelea, Agonis, Hakea can be enjoyed throughout the seasons.

Great Ocean Drive and Observatory Point
A 38km round trip from Esperance town centre to Pink Lake that inludes a variety of landscapes and ocean views.

Pink Lake
Pink Lake gets its pink colour from both a high concentration of green algae and salt. The algae creates the pink pigment when the temperature and lighting conditions are suitable. So whether you will be lucky enough to see the lake pink, will depend mostly on the weather conditions..

Kepwari Trails / Woody Lake  Walk trails
Boardwalks through the paperbarks, bird watching, bird hides for viewing of water birds, wildflowers, self guided canoe trail

Lake Monjingup
Lake Monjingup is located on Telegraph Rd, 14kms from Esperance. Easy walking trails meander through the Paperbarks trees and the boardwalk provides a great vantage point from which to view the peaceful surrounds and numerous water birds.

Helms Arboretum
Acres of a diverse range of botanical species. Wildflowers prolific in season, picnic areas and walk trails.

Bicycle Hire
Hire a bike from the Europcar shop on Dempster street, the Jetty Resort or from Dempster Sporting.

Esperance Mountain Bike Park
Located approx 15km out of Esperance along Esperance Norseman highway.

Bandy Creek Boat Harbour
The hub of the regions commercial fishing industry and a great place to drop a line in the water.

NATIONAL PARKS

There are three National Parks in the Shire of Esperance, Cape Le Grand, Stokes and Cape Arid. Each Park has its own unique attributes but all can boast beautiful coastal scenery, extraordinary flora & fauna, peaceful bushwalks and well maintained campgrounds.

Cape Le Grand National Park
56kms East of Esperance, $10.00 entry fee per car, all sealed roads, plenty of walk trails, camping fees apply. Cape Le Grand National Park Our biggest attraction, 2 wd access to the best beaches in the world. Great facilities for camping and walk trails

Cape Le Grand National Park Information

Stokes National Park
Approx 80kms West of Esperance on the Ravensthorpe Rd, Heritage Trail allow 1.5 hours return – 4.3kms easy walk, $10.00 entry fee per car, camping fees apply.

Stokes National Park Information

Cape Arid National Park
Coastal walks, camping, island scenery,wildflowers, rugged coastal headlands, abundant wildlife and amazing beaches.

Cape Arid National Park Information

MORE TO SEE

Orleans Bay and Wharton Beach area. 
A local's favourite for wildflower spotting. 80kms East off Fisheries or Merivale Road, past the Cape Le Grand National Park. Caravan Park located on the beach.  Superb place for wildflowers.

Mount Ridley.
1 hour north of Esperance.  Dempster Road (off Fisheries Road). Gravel pits alongside of road are full of wildflowers.  Mount Ridley has picnic areas, and our own wave rock. 4wd in winter months required.

Woody Island Nature Reserve
Woody Island is a unique nature reserve and the only island in the Recherche Archipelago with visitor facilities. During the summer months a boat visits daily.

Woody Island Nature Reserve Information

PLACES TO VISIT

Local Websites

Places to Visit Website
Esperance Tourism Video Lucky Bay, Esperance - Whitest Beaches in Australia
Esperance Visitors Centre www.visitesperance.com
Esperance Museum www.esperancemuseum.com.au
Esperance Civic Centre www.esperanceciviccentre.com
Bjou Theatre www.thebijoutheatre.org.au
The Cannery Arts Centre www.esperancecommunityarts.org.au
Fenwick Cinema Complex www.esperancefenwickcinemas.com.au
Baxter & Maree Gallery www.tammyandrews.com.au
Section Glass Gallery www.cindypoole.com.au
Mermaid Leather www.mermaidleather.com
Aussie Bight Expeditions www.aussiebight.com
Kepa Kurl www.kepakurl.com.au
Esperance Stonehenge www.esperancestonehenge.com.au
Esperance Island Cruises and Wood Island Ecostays www.woodyisland.com.au
BlackJack Charters www.blackjackcharters.com.au
Esperance Diving and Fishing www.esperancedivingandfishing.com.au
Eco-Discovery Tours www.esperancetours.com.au
Esperance Library www.library.esperance.wa.gov.au
Esperance Boulevard www.esperanceboulevard.com.au
Esperance Golf Club www.esperancegolfclub.com.au
Pink Lake Golf Club www.pinklakegolf.org.au
Esperance Bay Yacht Club www.ebyc.com.au
Esperance Festival of the Wind www.festivalofthewindesperance.org.au
The Esperance Show www.esperanceshow.com.au
Esperance Municipal Museum www.esperancemuseum.com.au
   
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Things to Do

The Rotary Lookout is located high on a granite outcrop, and offers expansive views of the Esperance, and the Recherche Archipelago. Two walk trails provide unique views of the Esperance coastline & port site.

Wind Surfing Board

Places to visit

Esperance Helicopters offers the opportunity for you to see Esperance from a birds eye view. Flights are conducted from the James Street groyne located on the foreshore in town central from October to April.

Lucky Bay Kangaroo

Western Australia Tourism
Family Parks
Star Ratings Australia
Go See Australia
Australian Tourism Accreditation

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