Esperance is a popular coastal resort town located 450 miles (720km) south east of Perth and about 4.5 hours from Albany. Esperance has beautiful coastal scenery with white sand beaches. There are 5 national parks around Esperance. The Cape Le Grand National Park is only 56kms from the town centre and this is where you can see kangaroos lazing on the beach. Further east is Cape Arid, which is also a popular park for camping, fishing and hiking.
A great scenic drive from the town centre is the 38km tourist loop called the Great Ocean Drive, which takes in the beautiful surfing and fishing beaches, the views over the Nay of Isles and the Pink Lake, which gains its rosey hue from red algae living within its waters. Some of the main attractions in the town are the museum, the historic museum village where the visitor centre is located, and the tanker jetty where the resident sealion lives.
Esperance, roughly translated, is French for hope and it's the French that are credited with the towns discovery, naming it and other local landmarks whilst sheltering from a storm in this area in 1792. Ten years later Matthew Flinders sailed the Bay of Isles, discovering and naming places likeLucky Bay and Thistle Cove. Whalers, sealers and pirates followed, as did pastoralists and miners, keen to cash in on free land and a gold boom to the north at Kalgoorlie.
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