A kangaroo on a beach in Esperance, Australia
Cape Le Grand National Park is about a 30-minute drive east of Esperance. It's home to two fantastic beaches at Lucky and Hellfire Bays. At Lucky Bay, kangaroos are regularly spotted lazing on the sand. You can also hike Frenchman's Peak or the Le Grand Coastal Trail.
A small group standing on the sand at Blue Haven beach in Esperance, Australia
Check out some of the world's best beaches around Esperance. Twilight Beach is among the most popular in Western Australia. West and Fourth Beaches are ideal with surfers. Check out Blue Haven if you're looking for the perfect spot for sheltered swimming.
Take off your beach visor and put on your thinking cap. Esperance Museum holds various treasures that document the region's history, including vintage farm machinery, kitchen appliances and pieces of Skylab, a space station that crashed to Earth near Esperance in 1979. Then, visit the Cannery Arts Centre, or check out the full-scale recreation of Stonehenge.
Go where the locals go and visit Loose Goose Bar and Restaurant, which serves seafood caught in Australian seas only. Cruise to Esperance and try local scallops, grilled barramundi or prawns in sweet chili sauce. Or head to Fish Face for a lunch of classic fish and chips that you can take away and eat by the nearby beach.
ESP of Esperance, located in the town's Museum Village, offers an international range of accessories, giftware and even homemade fudge. Meanwhile, Flame of Esperance houses some great Australian brands, including Nikki Lissoni jewelry, Endless Jewelry and Holiday Trading and Co. Head to Mermaid Leather for products made from unique fish and shark leather.
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