Nature has bestowed upon Esperance a wide range of natural attractions. From spectacular national parks and pristine white beaches to wetland systems rich in native flora and fauna, Esperance has everything to offer to those in search of an unforgettable nature experience.
There are three National Parks in the Shire of Esperance, Cape Le Grand, Stokes and Cape Arid. Each Park has its own unique attributes but all can boast beautiful coastal scenery, extraordinary flora & fauna, peaceful bushwalks and well maintained campgrounds.
The Kepwari Wetland Walk Trail is a 3.6km long, one-way interpretative trail. The trail has been designed to educate the general public and to protect the native vegetation from the threat of dieback. Two bird hides have been placed along the trail which provides the opportunity to quietly view our local waterbirds . The trail consists of 1.5kms of raised timber boardwalks and will take approximately two and a half hours to walk.
Woody Island - Woody island is a popular wilderness retreat for locals and visitors alike, there's regular cruises Septer-April. Elevated safari huts are set amongst native plants and Eucalypt trees, with glimpses over beautiful Shearwater Bay. Activities that can be done on the island include jetty fishing, snorkelling & diving, swimming, bird watching and bushwalking. The island’s campgrounds are well set up with a camper’s kitchen, modern ablutions, BBQ’s and a sheltered deck area. The island Visitor Centre houses a kiosk. Café, souvenir shop, large deck with panoramic views over the bay and an interpretive display. For more information contact Woody Island Eco Tours.
Lake Monjingup ONLY STAGE II OPEN (stage I still closed due to bushfire damage) - is located on Telegraph Rd, 14kms from Esperance. Easy walking trails meander through the Paperbark trees and the boardwalk provides a great vantage point from which to view the peaceful surrounds and numerous waterbirds.
The Great Ocean Drive (Tourist Loop) is a 38km scenic drive that follows the local coastline and then loops back into town. Some of the highlights to see along the way are the Rotary Lookout, Twilight Beach, Observatory Point, the Wind Farm and Pink Lake.
Pink Lake (hasn't been pink for a while but Lake Warden sometimes is - ask at the Visitor Centre) gets its pink colour, and sometimes even purple, depending on weather conditions. The colour of Pink Lake is attributed to high concentrations of salt tolerant algae, Dunalella Sailina. This was first definitely established in 1980 after almost 200 years of conjecture. Confirmation came when Esperance Museum Curator prompted a W.A. University biologist to analyze lake water samples. These samples and others sent earlier confirmed Dunalella Sailina in the lake as well as Coccomonas Algae. The algae has been shown responsible for similar lake colourings in the U.S.A. The salt from Pink Lake is 99.9% pure used to be harvested for W.A. Salt Supply and sent to Fremantle for processing.
Lake Hillier is another pink lake. It is on a protected island called Middle Island (off Cape Arid national park, at least 120kms east of Esperance) and you need to get special permission from the Department of Parks and Wildlife to go there (contact Rob Block, email Robert.Blok@dpaw.wa.gov.au). You need to have your own boat to go to Middle Island, or you can charter a boat with Esperance Diving and Fishing, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 08 9071 5111. There are also scenic flights with Esperance Air Service, email email@example.com or call 0428 912 210; or Goldfields Air Services, call 08 9093 2116.
Mount Ridley (80kms North of town) 4WD access only, walks and a mini wave rock
For more information on these attractions please contact the staff at the Esperance Visitor Centre on 9083 1555.