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Top 25 things to do in Esperance

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Esperance is located right on the beach in Western Australia’s far south. With recent redevelopments of the foreshore, great local events year-round and amazing outdoor experiences, Esperance has quickly become a hot spot for travellers willing to travel a bit further out from the major city.

So, are you looking for things to do in Esperance?

Summerstar has put together the ultimate Esperance travel guide for visitors to the region. Better yet, you can book your Esperance accommodation and experiences right here on the Summerstar website – it doesn’t get much easier than that!

Find things to do in Esperance below.

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Things to do in Esperance

Esperance weather

Find the best season to book a trip to Esperance.

Summer Dec, Jan, Feb 14°C - 26°C
Autumn Mar, Apr, May 11°C - 25°C
Winter Jun, Jul, Aug 8°C - 18°C
Spring Sep, Oct, Nov 10°C - 23°C

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Esperance art galleries and culture

esperance art galleries culture

Head to the cinemas with the family on your next Esperance adventure.

Learn about Esperance’s rich history and culture at a local art gallery or cultural hot spot. Esperance has many local theatre and cinema events including stand up comics, the latest movie releases and live acts.

1. Bijou Theatre

Built back in 1896, the Bijou Theatre has been a popular meeting point and venue for local entertainment and live acts. To this day, the Esperance theatre still holds live acts, stand up comics, movies and more. Get a rich cultural taste of Esperance by visiting the Bijou Theatre during your stay.

2. Fenwick 3 Cinemas

If you can’t wait to see the latest movie releases while holidaying in Esperance, stop in at Fenwick 3 Cinemas. Located right in the town centre, the cosy cinema features all the latest and upcoming movies with fresh popcorn and candy, air conditioning and comfortable cinema seating.

3. Stephanie's Studio art gallery

Stephanie’s Studio features a range of art including oil & pastel paintings, wildflowers, silk art and more. Stop in at lunchtime from Wednesdays to Sundays (10 am-1 pm). If you fancy yourself a bit of an artist, Stephanie Stacey also runs popular art classes and workshops for both beginners and more experienced artists.

Esperance outdoor experiences

esperance outdoor experiences

Explore the stunning Esperance foreshore with the iconic whale tail structure.

With some of the best beaches and landscapes when looking for things to do in WA, you will need to get out and about in Esperance and explore the great outdoors. Head off on a road trip around the town, stop off at the Esperance foreshore or head down to the beach for a swim or fish. You’ll never run out of things to do in Esperance.

4. Stokes National Park

Located just west of Esperance Bay Holiday Park, Stokes National Park is the ultimate travel destination for surfing, beachside relaxing and birdwatching. Take a scenic hike through the area, cool off at one of the multiple inlets within the park or check out the Moir Homestead Ruins.

5. Esperance fishing

There is some fantastic fishing around Esperance for both shore and boat anglers. The region is famed for its salmon fishing; however, mulloway is also a regular catch.

6. Esperance foreshore playground

On the beautiful foreshore at Esperance is a great play area for kids. Just off the beach is a fenced play area, with traditional playground equipment, skate park, occasional food trucks and a large jetty.

7. The Great Ocean Drive Esperance

The Great Ocean Drive is a 38-kilometre circular loop drive around Esperance taking in some of the most beautiful coastal scenery Australia has to offer. Throughout the drive, not only will you see great views over the ocean with sandy beaches and crystal-clear water, but you’ll also be driving through lush forests.

8. Lucky Bay and the Duke of Orleans

The white beach and turquoise waters of this wide, sheltered bay are a must-see and a great place to enjoy water-based activities. Head down to Lucky Bay in Esperance for a snorkel, fish, swim or even adventure down the coastline in your 4WD (just be careful of the notoriously treacherous beaches which often bog vehicles).

9. The Recherche Archipelago

Nearly 100 untouched islands make up the stunning Recherche Archipelago off the coast of Esperance in the remote south-east of Western Australia. Head here to see amazing native and migrating wildlife including eagles, native birds and Australian sea lions.

Esperance tours

esperance tours

Head to the Esperance coastline for an epic tour.

Make the most of your adventure through Esperance by booking a local tour. There are many tour providers in Esperance that operate year-round to give you a unique and scenic trip by land, sea or air.

10. Port Authority Tours Esperance

Take a tour of Esperance Port by bus, conducted by the Esperance Apex Club every Saturday afternoon. The tour takes you through the Port of Esperance to view the large cargo ships docking, unloading and loading trade and exports.

11. Esperance Helitours

Take a scenic flight over the Recherche Archipelago by helicopter with flights running daily from October to April. If you’re visiting outside these times, get in touch with the team to organise a private charter.

12. Esperance diving and fishing

If you are looking for a tour of Esperance either above or under the water off the coast, look no further than Esperance Diving and Fishing. Jump onboard The Southern Conquest for a day in the sun attempting to nail that big catch!

13. Esperance Eco-Discovery Tour

Discover a land of untamed beauty combining breathtaking beach drives, exhilarating coastal walks and hidden bushland. The Esperance Eco-Discovery Tours will provide an experience guaranteed to keep you smiling.

14. Kepa Kurl Eco-Discovery Tours

Book a Kepa Kurl tour and receive a personalised and informative cultural experience which will guide you through the diversity of Aboriginal culture.

Esperance attractions

Esperance Attractions

Your Esperance holiday may not be complete without visiting the replica Stonehenge.

Esperance is home to a few unique attractions and experiences found nowhere else in the world. While you’re visiting, make sure you don’t miss these destinations.

15. Mermaid Leather Esperance

Mermaid Leather is Australia’s only specialist fish and shark leather tannery located in Esperance, Western Australia. Visit their studio to view amazing accessories made from local leather including handbags, wallets and more.

16. Esperance Stonehenge

The Esperance Stonehenge is such a unique experience when visiting the south-west. Being the only full-size replica of the original Stonehenge, it’s something you’ve likely never have experienced before.

Esperance cafes, bars and restaurants

esperance cafes bars restaurants

Listen to live music and enjoy delicious food during your Esperance holiday.

Indulge in local freshly made food and delicious coffee at one of Esperance’s many cafés, bars and restaurants.

17. Loose Goose Esperance

Stop in at the Loose Goose for a pint of your favourite beer and a delicious pub feed. The Loose Goose Bar & Restaurant offers a delicious dinner menu and a separate menu for the young ones using only Australian sea-caught seafood.

18. Golden Orient Chinese

If you’re seeking a delicious Asian noodle or stir-fry, drop past Golden Orient Chinese in Esperance. Better yet, grab some takeaway to enjoy back at your holiday unit at Esperance Bay Holiday Park.

19. Taylor St Quarters

Head down to Taylor St Quarters for delicious fresh and local food matched with great coffee. Open from lunchtime until late, Taylor St Quarters is the perfect stop for lunch or dinner, or even just stop past for a coffee as you are driving past.

20. Pier Hotel Esperance

The Pier Hotel Esperance has a full ala carte menu sure to peak your interest and suit all tastes. Indulge in some delicious wood-fired pizza for dinner or enjoy the all you can eat salad bar with your lunch or dinner meal selection.

Esperance sporting clubs and recreation

esperance sporting clubs recreation

Tennis, golf, surfing or reading. Whatever you enjoy doing, Esperance is the place for you.

Hang out with the locals and try your hand at a new sport at one of Esperance’s many sporting clubs. Whether you’re looking for a tennis court, want to play some lawn bowls or are chasing a hole-in-one, you’ll find the ideal location in Esperance.

21. Esperance Tennis Club

Esperance Tennis Club holds socials tennis events for locals and visitors alike every week. Learn the basics of tennis with like-minded people and get involved in the local Esperance sporting club.

22. Pink Lake Country Club Golf Course

Reasonably priced and well maintained, Pink Lake Golf course has the options of an 18-hole course or the shorter 9-hole course. Visitors are always welcome with no prior booking required.

23. Esperance Golf Club

Established in 1957, Esperance Golf Club has a full 18-hole course set amongst the beautiful Esperance wildlife. Hosting many competitions throughout the year, visitors are also welcomed to use the golf course for a small fee.

24. Esperance Bowling Club

Excellent bowling greens to test your talents at the Esperance Bowling Club. Give Barfoot Bowls a try or take it easy and hire your own bowling green.

25. Esperance Bay Yacht Club

Esperance Bay Yacht Club is located at the harbour end of the Esperance foreshore. Stop in and view all the local shops and chat with the locals about the best fishing and swimming locations in Esperance.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Where is Esperance?

    Esperance is located approximately 700km South East of Perth, the capital city of Western Australia. By car, the trip to Esperance will take you approximately 7.5 hours from Perth.

  • What are the best experiences in Esperance?

    Things to do in Esperance:

    • Art galleries and culture
    • Outdoor experiences
    • Tours
    • Attractions
    • Cafes, bars and restaurants
    • Sporting clubs and recreation

    Check out our Esperance Travel Guide for more info.

  • How can I book accommodation in Esperance?

    Accommodation at Esperance Bay Holiday Park can be booked directly on the Summerstar Tourist Park website. Book Now »

9 March 2020

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