Esperance is approximately 720 kilometres south-east of Perth. Esperance is a regional port situated in the Goldfields-Esperance region about 399km from the mining town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, and 725km southeast of Perth. The coast has fine white sand and bright turquoise water.
Esperance is renowned for its natural beauty and is home to 9 national parks and reserves within the area:
• Cape Arid National Park
• Cape Le Grand National Park
• Esperance Lakes Nature Reserve
• Eucla National Park
• Fitzgerald River National Park
• Frank Hann National Park
• Peak Charles National Park
• Stokes National Park
• Woody Island Nature Reserve
The Great Ocean Drive is a 38km scenic loop which starts west of Esperance town, heading north up the coast past the wind farm, then inland to Pink Lake. The main attractions in town are the historic museum village where the visitor centre is located, an Arts Centre and a few art galleries. The tanker jetty had a resident sea lion called Sammy who suns on the sand and loves to be photographed.
The archipelago has over 100 islands, which can be seen from many lookouts within the town and along the coast. From June to October Southern Right whales can be seen from the bays close to town and the sheltered coves of the national parks.
In 1792 the French ships, L'Esperance and Recherche, were in need of shelter from a storm and found several accommodating bays - they named the area Esperance (which is French for 'hope'). A decade later Matthew Flinders discovered Lucky Bay and Thistle Cove within the Bay of Isles.
• Distance from Perth (km): 725
• Area (sq km): 42,450
• Length of Sealed Roads (km): 839
• Length of Unsealed Roads (km): 3,725
• Population: 13,329