Nature & beaches
Fighting it out for the title of Australia’s whitest sand beach is Lucky Bay. Framed by olive green coastal scrub, and Listerine-blue waters, this glorious arc of coastline deserves the headlines. Even the local wildlife likes to stop by and enjoy the scenery here, with kangaroos regularly making an appearance at dawn and dusk. Lucky Bay is situated in Cape Le Grand National Park, just one of five major national parks that lie within easy reach of Esperance.
Gorge on the region’s highlights reel of natural wonders on the scenic Great Ocean Drive. A 40-kilometre-loop, it takes in staggering lookout points, sweeping licks of bone-white sand, small bays, steep rocky cliffs, and vast salt lakes.
Fishing & surfing
Sitting off Lucky Bay’s coast is the Recherche Archipelago, which can be visited by boat on a day tour, or on a diving or fishing charter.
Another popular spot for recreational fishing is Cape Le Grand National Park.
There’s plenty of surfing beaches around these parts, but some feature sharp reefs, and strong rips and currents, so it’s best to ask around for advice. For consistent breaks, surfers should hit West Beach or Second Beach at low tide.
Attractions & activities
Fancy sandboarding? A 4WD beach safari? Or a peep into the local Indigenous culture? Esperance Eco-Discovery Tours can cover all of the above.
If you have little ones in tow there’s also mini golf, a skate park and a miniature railway in town.