While you're in Esperance, explore the magnificent coastline. Esperance has some of the finest beaches in the World including Lucky Bay which regularly makes the top ten lists in Australia and globally. Granite ridges, hills and mountains fall away into pure white sand - the kind that squeaks when you walk on it. The water graduates from crystal clear to turquoise and on to cerulean blue as the ocean leads out to the Recherche Archipelago. One of the most remarkable things about Esperance beaches is that it's not unusual to be able to find one all to yourself, even during high tourist season. You can explore the local beaches by taking in the tourist loop or simply walk across the road from your apartment and you'll find yourself on the foreshore of Esperance Bay.
Esperance has several National Parks nearby. Cape Le Grand is home to Lucky Bay which is frequented by the icon kangaroos and Frenchmans Peak (pictured) as well as a series of breathtaking beaches and wildflower walks. Further east you'll find Cape Arid National Park which has great camping on the beach and is a terrific place to go whale watching from May to October. Cape Arid is also believed to be the last place to hold a population of the critically endangered Western Ground Parrot. To the west of Esperance is Stokes National Park which has some reknowned surf breaks and the Moirs Homestead to explore for the historical buffs.
Fishing & Surfing
You don't need to travel far from town to find a decent surf break in Esperance. Locally both West Beach and Bandy Creek have easily accessible places with great sets and more can be found along our coastline if you are feeling more adventurous. For those that like to dip a line in the ocean, you can drop one in from the jetty at the end of Taylor Street (yep, that's just across the road from your apartment) or maybe try out some beach fishing from Salmon Beach or off the rocks at Blue Haven. If you want to take a tinny out in the Bay you might even catch a few squid at the right times of year.
Restaurants and Cafes
At Esperance Central Accommodation, you are walking distance to the best of the restaurants and cafes in Esperance. Across the road from you on the foreshore lies Taylors St Quarters which is a great place for lazy afternoon beers and snacks or evening cocktails and fine dining. The Loose Goose on Andrews Street is another great place for dinner and drinks. On the corner of James and Dempster streets is Fishface which makes gorgeous food from the best of our local seafood. Our local pubs like the Pier Hotel and Esperance Motor Hotel all offer easy meals. If you're in need of great coffee, try the Coffee Cat at the old Tanker Jetty or their sister venue Downtown Espresso Bar in town. Brown Sugar and Dome all have great coffee, meals and cakes.
Family Friendly Activities
The Esperance foreshore was built with families in mind. There are playgrounds dotted along the stretch of coastline amidst beautiful naturally landscaped bike paths and walkways. There is a miniature railway that operates most weekends, a maze, miniature golf and a world class skate park. Esperance Eco Tours can take you out on 4WD bush tucker tours or you can jump on the Woody Island Tours boat to head out and explore the Recherche Archipelago. Another must see on the list is our RAMSAR listed Lake Warden Lakes system which is a rich and diverse ecosystem well populated by walk trails and bird hides. Hunt for wildflowers most of the year or take a canoe out and really get amongst it all.