Esperance is a coastal town located on the southern end of Western Australia. Surrounded by beaches with brilliant white sand and clear turquoise waters, the area boasts some of the best scenery in the country.
The town is surrounded by a host of attractions, including five national parks, a tourist driving loop, vineyards with award-winning wines, an arts center and more. Cape Le Grand National Park is the most celebrated of those in the vicinity, with its picturesque granite shoreline and opportunities for hiking, fishing, snorkeling and off-roading. The popular Great Ocean Drive is a 24-mile (38 km) tourist route that takes visitors along the coastline and past Pink Lake–a body of water named for the algae and brine prawn that color it flushed.
Off the coast of Esperance lies an archipelago of over 100 islands, including Woody Island, a popular spot for fishing, bushwalking, snorkeling and diving. The area around Esperance is a diver’s paradise; many visitors come entirely for the waves. From June to October, migrating southern right whales shelter in the bays around the town.
Esperance lies within a two-hour flight from Perth. It can also be reached by way of an eight-hour drive from Perth. The region enjoys a Mediterranean climate, which makes it a perfect holiday spot year-round, although spring is a fantastic time to visit and see whales and wildflowers.