ESPERANCE, WA

February 25, 2016

After the long drive across the Nullarbor, three days & three nights in Esperance was a welcome break…The town is great! Lots of young families, it’s super kid friendly, so much so that we spent our first afternoon enjoying the brand new playground and facilities on the foreshore, enjoying excellent coffee (for the first time in a few days!) from the Coffee Cat, a food truck that calls the new playground home. Bliss!

It’s not often that you see a picture of something, and it lives up to, or surpasses your expectations…Lucky Bay, in the Cap Le Grand National Park was BREATHTAKING. We were taken by the landscape all through Esperance, but this national park, a one hour drive out of town was incredible.

We saw plants we had not seen anywhere on our travels…unique, and ancient! The biodiversity was amazing, the flip side of all this was vast areas that had been devastated by the bushfires that swept through only weeks before.

We came up a hill, and on the other side, the whitest sand I’ve ever seen, paired with water that can only be described as aquamarine, and kangaroos on the beach (until Kinga decided she was going to teach them how to jump, bye Kangas!) The sand was squeaky (something to do with the high silicone content!?), much to the kids delight, and they revelled in running around making the sand screech…we walked up the south end of the beach, over mounds of dry (slightly pongy sea reeds) and climbed up the cliffs for a different perspective.

Also worth checking out, a short drive down the road is Thistle Cove, more of that beautiful pure white sand, and cliff looks outs to open ocean… next stop Antarctica should you get too close to the edge!

Fiona is an ex-Sydney sider (though originally from WA!) who now owns the Esperance Chalet Village, and was really one of the highlights of our stay…she went above and beyond to ensure we got the most out of our trip; from recommendations of where to eat,(Ollies Cafe for beautiful healthy breakkies & smoothies, call ahead, they are a bit random in their operating hours!) to walking us along a creek and over dunes to get to the local beach, to hooking the kids up with playmates (her kids are similar ages to ours) and pony rides! The chalets were a very welcome change from accommodation across the Nullarbor, with lovely beds (and bedspreads that were NOT bought in the 1980’s!) and mod cons. Top spot, just out of town!

Worth noting that Esperance is very far south, and seems to enjoy its own micro climate…It can get very fresh, even in summer, so it’s a good idea to pack some trackies & a hoody… the wind that blows in from the Southern Ocean is COLD!

Esperance has a feeling of a fast growing town and this hardly surprising given it’s proximity to so much natural beauty…Definitely worth the distance travelled!

We stayed at

Esperance Chalet Village

Frank Freeman Drive | Esperance, WA, 6450

We ate at

Ollies Cafe

51 The Esplanade, Esperance WA 6450

Taylors beach bar & Cafe

1 Taylor Street, Esperance WA 6450

Golden Orient Chinese

49 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450

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