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Your Shot Winner: The Reclining ‘Roos of Esperance

WRITTEN BY EDITOR • AUGUST 28, 2014

  • “Lucky Bay Esperance is considered to have some of the whitest sand of any beach in Australia. Not so on this particular winter day. Strong seas had covered the beach in a blanket of seaweed and the local ’roo population thought it looked too comfortable to pass up! Kangaroos are a common sight here and are not concerned by tourists. It’s a truly beautiful part of Australia.”
    David Ashley

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    For this photo, AT reader David Ashley has won a Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 lens (model number A009), valued at $1699. This lens is the apex of Tamron telephoto zooms in a compact package that is the smallest in its class. Vibration Compensation image stabilisation boosts the low-light shooting capacity of this fast-aperture lens, while Tamron’s proprietary Ultrasonic Silent Drive motor delivers speedy, quiet, accurate autofocus, which captures those decisive moments.

     

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    93: See Aboriginal art in Esperance (WA)

    WRITTEN BY EDITOR • DECEMBER 11, 2013

    Taking its name from the local Aboriginal term for Esperance (‘kepa’ means water and ‘kurl’, boomerang – put together, it translates as ‘where the water lies like a boomerang’), Kepa Kurl runs an Aboriginal art gallery in Esperance’s historic Museum Village, selling the work of local artists as well as that of South Australian artists.

    The spacious gallery is a great way to introduce kids to Aboriginal art. The paintings come with a certificate of authenticity.

    The Museum Village is housed in a collection of buildings dating back to the 1800s, with the art gallery occupying the old courthouse.

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    The Kepa Kurl Gallery is open daily from 10am to 4pm. Call 08 9072 1688

     

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    48: See an extraordinary bubblegum-pink lake (WA)

    WRITTEN BY EDITOR • DECEMBER 10, 2013

    The remarkable Lake Hillier is a 600 metre-long, bubblegum-pink oasis set among the lush greenery of Middle Island, the biggest island of the Recherche Archipelago off the coast of Esperance in WA. Separated from the deep blue of the Southern Ocean by a thin strip of sand and vegetation, it’s an arresting sight – and one that’s off limits to those on foot, so the only way to view it is by air. For flights, call local pilot Bob Rolland on 0428 912 210. The cost is $800 per flight, for five people.

    For something a little more accessible, try the aptly-named Pink Lake, around 7 kilometres from Esperance on the WA mainland, which turns a soft rosy pink in certain weather conditions thanks to salt-tolerant algae in the water. Walk along to the Pink Lake lookout for the best views.

    There are also other (non-coastal) versions, such as the Pink Lakes on the edge of Victoria’s Murray Sunset National Park. See visitesperance.com for more information.

     

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    87: See the hunting grounds of Australia’s only pirate (WA)

    WRITTEN BY EDITOR • DECEMBER 9, 2013

    The Recherche Archipelago is a beautiful collection of over 100 islands (and 1500 ‘islets’) scattered along the sparkling sapphire coast of Esperance. The archipelago is full of shipwrecks to explore and was home to Australia’s only recorded pirate, Black Jack Anderson, in the 1830s.

    Originally from the US, Black Jack – a former whaler – turned to piracy after being accused of murder, basing himself on Middle Island, hunting seals and plundering passing ships until he was murdered in his sleep. Esperance Island Cruises will introduce you to the archipelago, its wildlife and marine life, with stories and commentary about its colourful history.

    The details

    Esperance Island Cruises and Woody Island Eco Stays offer various cruises around the archipelago – you can also stay overnight on Woody Island (usually during school holidays only). 08 9071 5757;

     

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    Cape Le Grand – A Grand Escape

    WRITTEN BY ADMIN • JULY 5, 2012

    Turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, kangaroos stopping by your campsite and 360-degree views make Western Australia’s Cape Le Grand National Park well worth discovering

    Words by Claudia Bouma      Photography by Chris Bouma 

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    100 Best Views In Australia #31 Great Ocean Walk/Cycle Way, WA

    WRITTEN BY ADMIN • APRIL 1, 2012

    Where is it?

    Esperance, 730km south-east of Perth

    How to see it for yourself?

    The 15km walking and bike trail commences at Castletown Quay and follows the foreshore through Esperance, taking in the Esplanade, Rotary Lookout, West Beach and Blue Haven and finishing at Twilight Beach. Sections can be accessed from car parks along its length. This view is from the car park at Salmon Beach, about 11km along the trail. There’s a 40km Great Ocean Drive, too, from the Cannery Art Centre along the coast to Observatory Point, Nine Mile beach and Ten Mile Lagoon before looping inland to Pink Lake and the Glass Gallery.

    Why I love it

    “The path is very popular with tourists and locals. The beaches around here are used regularly for swimming; the walk trail is great for cycling and is also used for triathlons.” – Tahnee Adamson, Esperance Visitor Centre

     

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    100 Best Views In Australia #34 Christmas trees at Cape Le Grand National Park, WA

    WRITTEN BY ADMIN • APRIL 1, 2012

    Where is it?

    On WA’s south coast, 50km east of Esperance

    How to see it for yourself?
    The WA Christmas tree, Nuytsia floribunda, produces spectacular flowers in summer but is rarely found outside the south of the state. Visitors can self-drive to the park by car and see the park’s wildflowers, fauna and idyllic beaches, but for local knowledge and expert advice, try a guided tour such as with Esperance Eco- Discovery Tours. Alternatively, Aussie Bight Expeditions runs wildflower tours during spring.

    Why I love it

    “Native Christmas trees are so vibrantly coloured, and when you pair them with clusters of tuftyheaded grass trees, the landscape takes on the aspect of a Pixar-created prehistoric world.” – Elisabeth Knowles, editor, Australian Traveller

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    Esperance Seafront Caravan Park – Affordable Beach Breaks

    WRITTEN BY ADMIN • OCTOBER 26, 2011

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    Esperance Island View Apartments

    WRITTEN BY ADMIN • MAY 26, 2009

    Experience the Australian Outback by the sea at Esperance Island View Apartments. The award winning Esperance Island ViewApartments offers luxuriously spacious apartments and magnificent ocean views.

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    20 Top Tours: Esperance Native Heritage

    WRITTEN BY ADMIN • MAY 15, 2009

    Gail Liston has hit the road and distilled her extensive travel knowledge to bring us the 20 Top Tours from all around Australia.

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    100 Best Towns In Australia #2 Esperance,WA

    WRITTEN BY ADMIN • MARCH 25, 2009

    It’s the real secret of WA. Esperance is insanely beautiful, and is described by most who see the remote area as the most beautiful coastline in Australia. The brilliant aquamarine water fades into deep blue and the sand is so blindingly white it looks like snow drifts across the road. Esperance was “discovered” by Europeans quite some time before the rest of Australia, with the islands off Esperance – The Recherche Archipelago – appearing on maps printed in Holland as early as 1628.

    Esperance was named by the French, the first Europeans credited with landing in the bay in 1792, off the ship l’Esperance – The Hope. To get the most out of the experience and the area, the Esperance’s Great Ocean Drive is a 38km loop that takes in the best landscapes and vistas – the lookout on Wireless Hill gives you a spectacular view of the coast and surrounds. The nearby islands are chock full of seals, penguins and birds and you can cruise out to the wildlife sanctuary on Woody Island

    “Years ago, after a long drive across the Nullarbor, Esperance and the beautiful offshore islands of the Recherche Archipelago cast their spell over me. I’ve spent the years since daydreaming of my return.” – Kerry van der Jagt 

    Cape Le Grand National Park to the east of Esperance is one of the best in Australia. AT reader Ewa Malinowska, who accidentally came across Esperance when her car broke down between Norseman and Albany, sums it up: “The national park is beautiful and the beaches pristine. It’s a paradise!”

    Where? // Around 740km (9hr) southeast of Perth.

    Did you know? // On July 11, 1979, Esperance was showered by sky debris from America’s first space station, Skylab. Esperance sued the US, seeking $400 for littering, but it was never paid. A San Francisco newspaper paid 17-year-old Esperance local Stan Thornton $10,000 for delivering the first piece of Sky Lab to the paper’s office – collected from his roof.

    [Note: according to AT Reader David “Esperanceguy”, who lives in Esperance, the above is no longer quite true: “They have in fact recently paid up: $400 precisely,” says David. “Considering Skylab fell 30 years ago, the interest on top of that $400 must be phenomenal!” Thanks, David — that’s a terrific pick-up. — Ed] 

     

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    Mermaid Leather

    WRITTEN BY ADMIN • JUNE 2, 2008

    Australian Traveller looks at Mermaid Leather, Australia’s only specialist fish and shark skin leather tannery, in Esperance WA. Continue reading

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    Esperance Helitours

    WRITTEN BY ADMIN • MAY 6, 2008

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    Escape to Esperance

    WRITTEN BY ADMIN • APRIL 29, 2008

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    025 See where Skylab crashed to Earth

    WRITTEN BY ADMIN • MARCH 18, 2008

    “We have the news that Skylab has splashed down safely in the South Atlantic.”  But it was only a slight miscalculation. Continue reading

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    Australia’s Luckiest Bay

    WRITTEN BY ADMIN • NOVEMBER 25, 2007

    Forget the Great Ocean Road. Australian Traveller readers Denis and Marcia Moore prefer a little southwest WA touring along the Great Ocean Drive . . . Continue reading

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