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Esperance - Cities, Towns and Localities
Esperance is located 725 km south-east of Perth, with wide sandy beaches, scenic coastlines and the islands of the Recherche Archipelago, offshore, is known as the ‘Bay of Isles’. They are named after a French frigate L’Esperance, with its companion vessel Recherche, that sheltered from a storm in the bay while exploring the coast of Western Australian in 1792.

The agricultural heart of the district is rimmed by spectacular coastline that stretches from near Munglinup in the west, to Salmon Gums in the north and out to the edge of the Nullabor Plain on the east. Located in the South West region, it is also part of the larger Goldfields-Esperance region.

For most of the twentieth century the area around Esperance was regarded as too infertile for intensive agriculture. It wasn’t until 1949 that the Esperance Downs Research Station discovered that the local soil only needed additional trace elements to make it fertile. This simple discovery turned the area into a successful producer of wheat, sheep and cattle. The success of this venture is vividly expressed in the fact that in 1954 there were 36 farmers on about 8,000 hectares and by the mid 1980s there were 600 farmers utilising over 400,000 hectares. Today Esperance thrives on agriculture, fishing, farm forestry and tourism.

Check out our listing of Esperance accommodation, South West accommodation and Goldfields-Esperance accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Esperance Visitor Centre
Esperance Tourist Bureau
Museum Village
Cnr Dempster & Kemp Streets
Ph: 08 9083 1555
Toll: 1300 664 455
Fax: 08 9071 4543
Email (Bookings) / Email (Information)
Open — Summer
Mon, Tue, Thu 9 am - 5 pm
Wed, Fri 8 am - 5 pm
Saturday 9 am - 4 pm
Sunday 9 am - 2 pm
Open — Winter
Mon - Fri Same as above
Saturday 9 am - 2 pm
Sunday 9 am - 12 pm
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre

A touch screen kiosk is located next to the entrance for after hours information.

Esperance Attractions

Archipelago of the Recherche
There are over 100 islands in the Archipelago, protected by the status of an A-class reserve. A lot of them can be seen from the ‘Great Ocean Drive’ and the town lookouts. Mackenzies Island Cruises offer daily Wildlife Cruises around the bay area and out to the islands. On this cruise you step off at Woody Island, which is fantastic for swimming, snorkelling, fishing, diving and bushwalking. Safari huts are dotted amongst the eucalypts for eco stays on the island.
Great Ocean Drive
A great scenic drive from the town centre is the 38 km tourist loop called the ‘Great Ocean Drive’. The drive takes in the beautiful surfing and fishing beaches. Other highlights on the drive include the Rotary Lookout, Twighlight Beach, Observatory Point, the Wind Farm and Pink Lake.
Lucky Bay Cape Le Grand National Park
Stretching for five kilometres and rated as one of the country's best beaches for its turquoise water and white sand, Lucky Bay is located within the Cape Le Grand National Park. The region offers some great coastal bush walks that take in view of the many islands, as well as the opportunity for sighting migrating whales, as well as kangaroos that come down to the beach. There are camping and caravan facilities, as well as opportunities for fishing and a place to launch your boat.
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Esperance Distance

Distance to Esperance
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Esperance:
Albany 480
Bremer Bay 420
Hopetoun 208
Norseman 203
Perth 925
• Salmon Gums 106
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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• Esperance Maps
Bing Maps - Esperance, WA
Google Maps - Esperance WA 6450
More information on Maps of Western Australia.

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