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.
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 Virgin Australia - a 90 minute flight. The Esperance Airport is approximately 20km from town; taxis and car rental is available from the airport.
There are busses 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.
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.
Cape Le Grand National Park - A ruggedly beautiful landscape of coastline, gnarly hills and bushland.