The Margaret River region getting a bit played out for you? Feeling like truly getting away from the big smoke and putting some real distance between yourself and the city? There’s a very good reason people are making the trek down to Esperance. Actually there’s a whole lot more than one, and here’s 10 of ‘em courtesy of the go-to guide on what’s happening in Esperance, @esperancetide.

SPEND THE DAY AT WHARTON BEACH


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With squeaky white sand and impossibly blue water, Wharton Beach is possibly the best in Australia. It’s located about 100km out of Esperance, so while it’s popular for day trips, you may want to stay the night at the adjoining Duke of Orleans Bay Caravan Park. This beauty has a nice wave for budding surfers and great snorkelling along the headland.


STAY THE NIGHT AT WOODY ISLAND


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Woody Island might just be the new Rottnest. The island is just a 20-minute boat ride out of Esperance Bay (if you don’t slow down to spot seals and dolphins along the way) and apart from a jetty, a spattering of safari huts and a licensed bar, you’re one with nature on this beautiful island. There’s plenty of snorkelling, fishing and hiking. You’ll never want to leave.


EAT LOCAL SEAFOOD AT FISH FACE


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With a thriving seafood industry, sampling Esperance’s local produce is a must. If you want it cooked by the best, pop into low-key seafood restaurant Fish Face. Owners Dalia and Craig Adams are the best in the business and serve up an ever-changing menu of local catch. Best of all, the restaurant is BYO so you can afford that extra serve of the best scallops on earth.


SWIM IN THE LAGOON AT ELEVEN MILE BEACH


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Ultimate beach babes will love the lagoon in, and pastel hues of Eleven Mile Beach. Sheltered from the prevailing winds, it’s a reliable fall-back plan on breezy days and a good one to go to late in the afternoon. As the name suggests, this slice of paradise is located 11 miles out of the town centre, so pack a picnic and plenty of water.


SOAR OVER THE INFAMOUS LAKE HILLIER


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Middle Island is one of 105 islands that surround Esperance, but it’s the only one with a big pink lake and a fascinating pirate history. The island was the home of Australia’s only ever documented pirate, Black Jack Anderson and yep, the lake is really that pink. Take a helicopter tour of the Recherche Archipelago to see the stunning landscape, including the famous lake.


GRAB A COFFEE FROM DOWNTOWN


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A trip to Esperance is not complete without a coffee from Downtown Espresso Bar. You’ll forget
you’re 750km from the city when you step into this funky little coffee shop that’s famous for
the best cold brew and turmeric lattes in town. It’s a hot spot for locals and tourists alike,
making it a great place to people watch and peruse a copy of Esperance Tide.


MEET SOME SUPER CUTE KANGAROOS


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Cape Le Grand National Park harbours some of the best beaches in the world, including Lucky Bay. Famous for the friendly little kangas who frequent it and love a good selfie, you can add it to your collection of quokka selfies. Regardless of wind direction, there is always a sheltered beach in the park, all featuring that trademark squeaky white sand.


GO FOR A SURF AT WEST BEACH


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Esperance’s most popular surf break is located only a few seconds drive from the town centre, or walking distance if you’re staying in the West Beach area. Live like the locals do and choose from three different breaks along the perfect stretch of reef and sand, or frolic in the lagoons in front.


TASTE THE BEERS AT LUCKY BAY BREWING


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That’s right, craft beer fans, Esperance has its own beer. After a dip in the Eleven Mile lagoon, continue out to the microbrewery. Made with premium local barley, you can work your way through all eight brews. Lucky Bay Brewing run tours or you can just pop in for a paddle and take some chunky 1L cans to go.


CLIMB FRENCHMAN PEAK


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If you’ve dabbled in one too many craft beers and fish & chip combos over a couple of days, you may be in the mood for some fitness and there’s no greater challenge than the hike to the top of Frenchman Peak. Try not to look down as your plot your way up the goat trail to the top, and then try to believe your eyes at the view and incredible cave formations at the summit. For best views, climb it at sunrise.

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