In stark contrast to the red earth of the Outback, the brilliant blue water and snow-white beaches of Esperance and the southern coast provide a spectacular coastal backdrop to a region of magnificent national parks and unspoilt marine playgrounds.
A visit to Esperance Stonehenge will surprise
Take a scenic flight over Lake Hillier
How to get there By Road:
In this pristine and almost magical wilderness lies a profusion of plant and animal life, as well as a stunning ‘necklace’ - a string of close to 105 islands in crystal clear water just off the shoreline.
Back on the mainland, the region’s stunning national parks are not to be missed. Cape le Grand National Park is perhaps the most popular, thanks to breathtaking coastal scenery, rugged granite peaks and sweeping heathlands. The Fitzgerald River National Park is similarly impressive, especially for its incredible assortment of plant and animal life. The Park is known as one of the most bio-diverse flora regions in the world, harbouring 1,900 beautiful and bizarre species of flowering plants. The numbers represent nearly twenty per cent of Western Australia’s total plant species. Ravensthorpe and Hopetoun are both gateways to this national park. The Golden Outback’s coastal strip is also a gateway to the Nullarbor Plain. The plain includes one of the country’s most important road arteries linking east and west. From Norseman you commence an amazing journey eastward, experiencing attractions including, blowholes, the Eyre Bird Observatory and the old Eucla Telegraph Station ruins.
Road conditions are excellent, with sealed main roads heading in and out of Esperance. Esperance is accessible from many of the drive routes from Perth and the Nullarbor. By Air: Esperance is serviced by Rex with daily
91 | Esperance & The Coast | australiasgoldenoutback.com Esperance is the main township - a coastal jewel ne tl d along a str tch of m gnificent, largely untouched coastline. It forms an ideal base from which to explore the natural wonders of this region in the Golden Outback.
Begin by cruising the paradise that is the Recherche Archipelago. Around the islands you’ll come face to face with dolphins, whales, seals and seabirds. Visitors can spend time on Woody Island as part of a day cruise, or stay on the island experiencing the safari hut accommodation and excellent walking trails. Just off Cape Arid is Middle Island that has become famous for its year-round rich pink Lake Hillier, accessible by scenic flight.
flights from Perth. Tel: 13 17 13. Skippers flies between Perth and Ravensthorpe. Tel: 1300 729 924. By Coach:
Transwa operates regular coach services from Perth to Esperance. There is also a service from Albany to Esperance via Ravensthorpe that departs Wed. (11.45am from Albany), Thu. (8am from Esperance). Tel: 1300 662 205.
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