Are you looking for some beautiful and easily accessible beaches? How about visiting Esperance? A town located almost 700 km south-east of Perth, blessed with squeaky-clean white sand, turquoise waters, and remaining one of the top travel destinations in Western Australia. Interestingly enough, Esperance is situated only 50 km away from Cape Le Grand National Park, another must-see place in the South West region. In this blog post, I’m going to share with you some of the best things to do in Esperance. Have fun!
CAPE LE GRAND NATIONAL PARK
Cape Le Grand National Park, 50 km east of Esperance, features one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. You will find there, among others, the very famous Lucky Bay. A tourist hotspot, well-known for its bright white sands, turquoise-coloured waters, and… friendly kangaroos. I’m not joking! Kangaroos can be very often spotted in Lucky Bay, hanging out on the beach, and approaching visitors. How cool is that? I hope you are going to see them. Learn more about Cape Le Grand National Park in a separate blog post.
Is a trip to Cape Le Grand National Park a must to chill out on a stunning beach? The answer is no! Esperance is full of beaches as beautiful as those in the national park, and located close to the town centre. Starting from the easternmost tip of the coastline, make sure to stop at 9 Mile Beach, as well as Observatory Beach with a cool lookout, and Twilight Beach with gently rounded granite cliffs emerging from the ocean. Further east, check out Salmon Beach, Fourth Beach, Blue Haven, West Beach and Lovers Beach.
TEN MILE LAGOON WIND FARM
Third one on my list of best things to do in Esperance is Ten Mile Lagoon Wind Farm, Australia’s first commercial wind farm that is still operating. Drive up to the top of the hill, and walk among nine 225 kW turbines giving a total generating capacity of just over 2 MW. Ten Mile Lagoon Wind Farm was formally opened in October 1993, after a successful attempt of generating power in a smaller experimental wind farm at Salmon Beach. Esperance is an isolated town, therefore the need to use alternative energy sources.
Unfortunately, this time I have bad news for you. Pink Lake in Esperance had not been visibly pink for over 15 years, and no one really knows when this is going to change. There’s a little bit of science behind its pinkish colour though. It’s caused by a specific type of alga that needs high salinity water to grow. By the way, if you google Pink Lake in Esperance, you will get pictures of a pink one, which is very misleading. This is not the lake I’m talking about, but Lake Hillier on Middle Island. Getting there requires booking a tour. Alternatively, Hutt Lagoon may be a good option, if you are planning to visit Kalbarri National Park.
What’s the best business idea of all time? Build a replica of Stonehenge in your own backyard, and charge people AUD 12 for viewing it. I’m serious! Esperance Stonehenge is the only full size replica of the very famous British monument that was created over 5000 years later than the original. The construction consists of 137 huge stones, and weigh over 2500 tonnes. Is it worth to go there? Well, I wouldn’t say so. In my opinion it’s a tourist trap that should be avoided. Regardless of your choice, enjoy the time in Esperance!
These are the best things to do in Esperance in Western Australia. Where will you go first? Let me know by leaving a comment below!
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