Esperance is a coastal town 700kms south of Perth and 800kms West of the South Australian border, both are about 7 to 8 hour drive. Esperance has a population of just over 13000 people and is famous for its beaches. Those beaches are known for having the whitest sand in Australia, the sand that squeaks as you walk on it and is nearly as white as snow.
When we arrived in Esperance it marked our seventh month on the road. What better way to celebrate than to soak up the sun on some of the best beaches in Australia. It was great that we were also here during the summer months, it made those beach visits all the more enjoyable.
Esperance is usually a quiet town with the usual travellers passing through the town often staying for a night or 10 but we were here during the summer school holidays and this usually quiet town was filled with tourists. We tried to book months in advance to stay at the famous Lucky Bay Campground or Cape Le Grand Campground but were booked out. While staying here we were at the RAC Caravan Park. Usually the RAC would have cost us an arm and leg for a family to stay here but as they had just taken over from the previous owners we were only paying $55 a night!
The RAC Caravan Park is due to have upgrades mid 2020, all amenities will be upgraded, a jumping pillow will be installed along with a pool. Plus loads of extras and all those big trees are going to pulled down and replaced with safer trees. What I mean by that is, that while we were there we had some windy days. One day was so windy it snapped a tree branch and landed on our van. Luckily there was no damage, the old girl came through unharmed (thank god!!!!!)
Even though it was summer, be prepared for all sorts of weather. We went from days of 42 degrees to then having the next day cloudy, windy and cold. The days were hot and the nights were cold. Sometimes it was four seasons all in one day. We kept jumpers in the car just in case. These were the times when you would love to sit around a nice toasty fire.
Esperance was filled with so many family friendly things to do that we were busy everyday doing different things. Our favourite place was Twilight Cove, yes Lucky Bay has the kangaroos and the sqeaky sand but Twilight Cove was a winner for us. Here are some of the things we did and more while in Esperance-
- Visit the kangaroos at Lucky Bay Beach
- Hire the Jalopy Bikes and ride along the foreshore
- Indoor Mini Golf
- Foreshore playground and the iconic whale tail
- Great Ocean Drive
- Twilight Cove
- Lucky Bay and Cape Le Grand
- Animal Bird Park
- Stonehenge Replica
- Woody Island
- Pump Track and skatepark
- Port Tours
- Museum Park
- Miniature Train Rides
If you are planning on heading to Lucky Bay for a day trip from Esperance the drive is going to take you about an hour. Here is a little tip- drive along the Cape Le Grand beach and it will cut 30 minutes off your drive. The sand is hard and you won’t need to let your tyres down. Although if the tide has come up and you are forced to drive onto the soft sand then make sure you have the equipment for the job. Lucky Bay you can drive onto the beach no worries, we seen a little Hyundai i30 drive on the beach so I am going to say anyone can get on there.
The kangaroos like to hang around the entry and the coffee vans. You are not meant to feed the kangaroos but I am sure over time they have been fed and that is why they keep coming back. They like to sit under your car canopy and will happily let everyone pat them. We put some water out for them to have a drink and they loved it.
Also don’t forget your boards-surf, sand or boogie. You can do all three here!! The waves are pretty decent and you can ride some cool waves in using the boogie board too. We then headed to some sand dunes at the back and had a lot of fun going down them.
There are plenty of places to eat in Esperance, we spent many afternoons at the Pier Hotel and lots of lunches at the bakery. The bakery is amazing!!! One of the best bakeries we have been too!!! As always we grabbed some fish and chips and headed down to the foreshore for dinner. The foreshore doesn’t get the sunset but is still a great place for a picnic dinner, play at the park and a lay on the grass with a cold bevvie. Those are our favourite type of evenings.
So if you are heading through Esperance make sure you stop in and do some exploring. I promise you will not regret it. Lucky Bay is where you will find the squeaky sand so grab your instashot while you are there!
Kylie and Dan
Fearlessly Living and Exploring