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Esperance is a town in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia. It's a popular travel destination for locals, noted for magnificent coastline, spectacular beaches, outdoor activities and fine fishing.


Esperance was first named by the French who sheltered in the bay here in 1792.


Pirates roamed the nearby islands during the 19th century, harkening back to a period when the west was indeed wild.

Parts of the NASA Skylab space station fell close to town when it dropped from orbit in 1979.

Esperance has the necessities for a prosperous town - a deep-sea port, airport and railroad junction. Esperance is awakening, slowly and surely, as more people discover the natural wonders of the town. Whether this is good or bad is a matter for debate.

The weather is very changeable.

Get in[edit]

Esperance is located 720kms south-east of Western Australia's capital, Perth, by road. It is approx a 7 hour trip from Perth. The nearest major towns are Albany, to the west, and Kalgoorlie, to the north. The highway across the Nullarbor T-junctions between Kalgoorlie and Esperance.

Esperance is serviced by air from Perth by REX - a 90 minute flight. The Esperance Airport is approximately 20km from town; taxis and car rental is available from the airport.

There are buses 6 times a week run by TransWA from Perth to Esperance via Jerramungup, Dumbleyung, Kulin or Hyden. It takes around 10-12 hours by bus, depending the route. There are connecting busses that also run to both Albany & Kalgoorlie.

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There is no public transport within the town of Esperance. This leaves car rental as really the only way to get around. This is particularly important, as Esperance's most spectacular beaches are some 10km away from the central town.

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  • Historic Museum Village, Dempster St. Old buildings of various vintages whose former life as a Police Sergeants quarters, school house, doctors surgery, courthouse or hospital has been relocated and repurposed as cafes, Art galleries and retail shops. Oldest of the bunch is the tiny wood and iron Methodist Church built in 1895.  edit
  • Esperance Museum, Cnr James St and Dempster St, +61 8 90711579. daily 1:30PM-4:30PM. A rambling array of objects stacked almost up to the hefty timber rafters of the old goods warehouse that houses the collection. Nautical flotsam, domestic ephemera and antiquated machinery are intermingled with all kinds of social curios drawn from a lengthy timeline of Esperance history. The 442 tonne steam train dominates, but debris from the 1979 crash of Skylab are the arguable highlight. There is a lot to see, so the short opening hours demand a second visit to fully explore every corner.  edit
  • Pink Lake, Pink Lake Rd. Not particularly pink nor lake-like, it's a large salt pan that is either white and crunchy or grey and muddy depending on how much it has rained recently. The northern side has built up dam structures used to harvest the salt that may exhibit a pinkish tinge caused by the concentration of algae.  edit
  • Wind power turbines, (19km west of town). Massive propellers slowly spinning in the breeze look attractive from afar but are quite intimidating up close as the blades slice through the air with a low growl.  edit

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  • Have a swim (Esperance Beaches). At many of the fine beaches are located near town, like Twilight Beach and Wharton Beach.  edit

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  • Esperance Chalet Village (Esperance Chalet Village), Frank Freeman Drive, Esperance, (08) 9071 1861, [1]. Esperance Chalet Village is a collection of rustic chalets, cabins, and shacks all individually styled, an idyllic bush hideaway located on the edge of town.  edit

Get out[edit]

Cape Le Grand National Park - A ruggedly beautiful landscape of coastline, gnarly hills and bushland.

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