Population: Approx 14,500
Esperance is the ideal location for beach lovers. Surrounded by National Parks and beaches with squeaky white sand, this town is a perfect base for camping, fishing, bush walking, snorkelling, sand boarding, canoeing and four wheel driving. You can also check out the museum, arts centre, art galleries and boutique aquarium with touch pool for kids.
Esperance is an ideal swimming spot, while West Beach, Fourth Beach and Observatory Beach boast some of the best surfing. If snorkelling appeals, locals say the lagoon to the east of West Beach is good, as is idyllic-sounding Blue Haven Beach and Twilight Cove.If you want to have a go at fishing, throw in a line at Tanker Jetty. Watch out for cheeky local Sammy the seal! There are six National Parks in the region, all of which have many great walking trails of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty, so please ensure you research before you head off, and take the necessary supplies with you.
Climate: The climate in Esperance is mild to cool, with temperatures averaging between 17 degrees (Jun to Aug) and 25 degrees (Dec - Feb). Warm clothing is recommended year round.
Distances from Esperance: Perth 712kms (9 hour drive or 1.5 hour flight), Kalgoorlie 435km, Albany 480km