Distance from Perth: 697km (7 hours 26 minutes)
Known for: Best beaches in the world. Kangaroos on the beach. National parks.
Esperance is home to some of the whitest beaches in the world. Here you can explore the numerous lagoons and beaches along the breathtaking 40km loop of the Great Ocean Drive, sip on refreshments at the local brewery, sample local produce and take in the town museums and craft shops, before watching a sunset at twilight.
The nearby Lucky Bay in Cape Le Grand National Park lives up to its name in plenty of ways – translucent water and sand like icing sugar, not to mention sunbaking kangaroos! Explore other stunning beaches around Esperance via coastal walk trails – hike up Frenchman Peak or soak up the impressive turquoise ocean views of Hellfire Bay. Or for a bird’s eye view, take a scenic flight to witness the striking juxtaposition of bubblegum pink Lake Hillier on Middle Island against the blue ocean.