Located along the southern coast of Western Australia, 720 kilometres southeast of Perth and directly south of Kalgoorlie, Esperance is a true paradise of sun, surf, sand and scenery. With a population of approximately 10,000 people, this soothing town is famous for some of Australia’s best beaches, with beautiful soft, snow-white sand and dazzling blue waters.
Besides relaxing on the beach, holidaymakers on P&O Cruises and Royal Caribbean International can also spend the day on a 4WD beach safari, fishing charter boat, scuba diving expedition or explore the national parks and local wildlife.
Esperance Port sits south of the town in West Beach along James Street. A $54 million upgrade in 2002 made this port one of the deepest in southern Australia, allowing it to handle vessels of up to 180,000 tonnes. Over 200 ships and 11 million tonnes of trade make their way to the port every year. Most of the cargo is nickel, iron, grain, fuel and fertilisers.
All of the facilities you will need are within walking distance from the dock, along The Esplanade towards the centre of town.
Facilities nearby include:
Toilets (by the skate park)
A snack bar
A post box.
How to Get Around
Various facilities in the town of Esperance, such as shops, restaurants, bars and cafés, can be easily reached on foot. The main natural attractions like Cape Le Grande National Park, and the Great Ocean Drive are best visited with a tour. Otherwise, you can also hire a bicycle or rent a car if you prefer to see the sights independently.
Travel times from the port:
It is a 23 minute journey to the centre of town
It is an 27 minute journey to the Esperance Visitor’s Centre
It is a 61 minute journey to Blue Haven Beach.
It is a 4 minute journey to the centre of town
It is an 8 minute journey to Blue Haven Beach
It is an 10 minute journey to Pink Lake
It is a 42 minute journey to Cape Le Grande National Park.
Currency – Esperance uses the Australian Dollar. Coins are available in silver 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent and 50 cent coins, as well as gold $1 and $2 coins. Coloured banknotes can also be found in $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.
Time Zone – Esperance runs on Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), meaning it is 8 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) all year round.
Weather – Esperance’s climate can be described as Mediterranean, meaning warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters are the norm, although temperatures can easily rise higher or drop lower. Winter runs from June to August and daytime temperatures tend to be fairly pleasant with an average of 18 degrees Celsius. Summertime sees an average of 26 degrees Celsius during the day; however, temperatures can easily swing up and over 35 degrees Celsius during December, January and February.
Pink Lake – Lying roughly 3 kilometres west of Esperance is the 4-kilometre-long Pink Lake, which gets its namesake thanks to the abundance of brine prawn and salt tolerant alga (Dunaliella Sailina) in its astonishingly rosy waters. Bear in mind, Pink Lake may not always be pink - it takes the right salinity level, temperature and enough sunlight for the lake to start blushing. Just ask at the Visitor’s Centre before heading off.
Cape Le Grande National Park – Situated along the coast and a 45-minute drive east of Esperance is one of Western Australia’s best beauties. Hike up the granite shorelines of Frenchman’s Peak (3 kilometre round trip) and find yourself enjoying spectacular views of the park. If you are a little more adventurous (and you have the time – one way is 15 kilometres), spend the day trekking the Coastal Track from the beach to the bay. As the national park is along the coastline, you can also spend the afternoon on the beach sunbathing with the local kangaroos.
Blue Haven Beach and Twilight Beach – If you head west of Esperance, along Twilight Beach Road, you will stumble across some of Australia’s best beaches and have the chance to hop from one to the other. Blue Haven Beach is a great spot for surfing with views of the Recherché Archipelago. Twilight Beach, which is just a 3-minute drive further down the road, is perfect for families, with an off-shore rock island that can be fairly easily reached by swimming a short distance. Both beaches are blessed with white power-soft sand and stunning, heavenly blue waters.