Arguably the best beaches in the world… Esperance on the South Coast of Western Australia hosts an abundance of extraordinary beauty in some of the world’s most pristine coastline. Nowhere else can you savour endless stretches of easily accessible beaches that boast the brightest, whitest sand & crystal clear turquoise waters.
A hidden treasure at the bottom of a winding staircase, tranquil turquoise waters & still conditions make this beach one of the most ideal for sheltered swimming. Take in the spectacular vistas from the viewing platform on your way down and don’t forget your bathers & towel! (Pet Friendly).
(Image below) Voted “Most Popular Beach in Western Australia”
Spectacular family beach 10km from town, with crystal clear waters, snow white sand and the iconic “rock with the hole in it”. The beach is patrolled by surf life savers during the summer weekends and is also frequented by the Ice Cream Van. Suitable for swimming, surfing, paddle boarding & snorkelling. Easy to access with few stairs and large parking area (suitable for RVs, Caravans & Coaches). Facilities: outdoor showers & toilets.
TEN MILE LAGOON
Fantastic swimming beach 19km from town, particularly for young families. A rocky shore acts as a natural breakwater, forming a long majestic pool that is considerably warmer than the ocean. Suitable for paddling, swimming, boogie boarding and surfing – whilst you’ll also spot people fishing off the reef. For naturalists, Esperance’s ‘free’ (nudie) beach is located 200m further down. (Pet Friendly).
A favourite with the locals and located next to the Bandy Creek Fishing Boat Harbour close to town. This beach features a long shallow bank that drops away suddenly to provide access to the harbour for boats and fishing vessels. Perfect for paddling, swimming, paddle boarding, canoeing & fishing. The beach is accessible by 2WD vehicles & is very sheltered. An ideal family beach.
Facilities: toilets located at the boat harbour. (Pet Friendly). *Black Jack Charters depart from Bandy Creek Boat Harbour.
(Image below) A favourite with Esperance residents and only 3km from town, this extraordinarily beautiful surf beach features swimming lagoons between the reef and shore, as well as surf breaks between / beyond the reef. Rips can be prevalent here, so the beach should be approached with caution. Beautiful sweeping shorelines provide the perfect canvas for a stroll, or to simply watch the sun set over the ocean. View the iconic “Dempster Head” headland to the eastern end of the beach as it drops down into the sea, or surf the break off Chapman’s Point and explore this headland at the opposite end. Facilities: showers & toilets.
Sweeping endless beach, very popular for those who are passionate about water sports. You are bound to find the perfect spot for a surf, body board, paddle board, or kite surf along this long stretch of coast. Whales can also be spotted along this section of coastline during Whale Season (July – Oct).
WYLIE BAY & CAPE LE GRAND BEACH
The first section of Wylie Bay is accessible to 2WD vehicles, featuring a sheltered headland with swimming area and calm waters (no camping allowed). 4WD vehicles can head around Wylie Bay beach toward Cape Le Grand, across the white sandy beaches. 5km around, surf the popular Kelp Beds (“Kelpies”) break.
Sweeping cliffs and an epic sheer drop into the ocean sets apart this hot spot – perfect for wind and kite surfers, promising awesome waves without the crowds. This beach is also great for surfing and the view from the carpark is remarkable. A sunset over Observatory is not to be missed! Facilities: toilets & look out.
Head out further (day trip or overnight) to explore the remarkable beaches that surround the Esperance township for miles – whether you voyage East or West, you wont be disappointed.
LUCKY BAY (CAPE LE GRAND NP) : EAST
(Image above) Located in the Cape Le Grand National Park and home to the iconic ‘Kangaroo on the Beach’, this unspoilt & spectacular beach features sand so fine and so clean it literally squeaks underfoot. Kangaroos are regularly spotted lazing on the beach, or in the nearby camping / BBQ picnic areas and love to say hello to visitors. The bay is well protected from the elements and is ideal for swimming, snorkelling, diving, fishing, boating and surfing. The recently upgraded camping facilities offer a fantastic bush setting overlooking the turquoise water. Lucky Bay is also home to the Lucky Bean Café – deliciously located right on the beach during the warmer months. When you’re not soaking up the sun, surf and sand, explore the rest of the park area, which offers bush walking and several hiking trails nearby. 66km from town. Facilities: camping grounds (fees apply), BBQs, shade shelters, hot showers, toilets, however be sure to bring drinking water. National Park entry fees apply.
HELLFIRE BAY (CAPE LE GRAND NP) : EAST
(Image above) Magnificently sheltered, this bay offers beautiful conditions for a dip or boogie board with the kids, as well as enough space for a game of beach cricket. Explore the many walk trails leading to and from the beach, or park at the adjacent picnic area and stop for a BBQ lunch. 56km from town. Facilities: BBQs, toilets. National Park entry fees apply.
DUKE OF ORLEANS TO WHARTON BEACH : EAST
(Image below) “The Duke” is a favourite with the locals just as much as it is with visitors and nestled between Cape Le Grand National Park and Cape Arid National Park, the Duke offers a variety of small sheltered bays and boasts magnificent coastal scenery. During wildflower season the area in and around the Duke is brimming with unmissable blooms. 4WDs have access to most beaches and you are sure to find one that is sheltered enough for a swim – no matter the weather! The Duke is ideal for swimming, fishing, boating, paddle boarding and diving all year round. The Duke of Orleans Caravan Park offers a range of camping accommodation & chalets and is the perfect base to explore the surrounding areas. The caravan park offers a shop, water, BBQs, toilets, washing machines, showers, and dogs are allowed! Deep Sea fishing charters are also available through Duke Charters and depart from the Duke beach. 89km from town.
ALEXANDER BAY : EAST
Enjoy stunning views of the coast & pristine white sand. A long sweeping beach that is 4WD access only, this sheltered bay is fantastic for swimming, fishing, camping & surfing. 108km from town. Facilities: camping ground (fees apply) & toilets.
THOMAS RIVER TO CAPE ARID (CAPE ARID NP)
Offering an array of natural wonders with abundant bird life and great fishing. This popular camping & fishing destination is perfect for families. All beaches have 4WD access – meaning you are sure to find your own section of uninterrupted beach! Don’t miss the sights of Yokinup & Little Tagon Bays, as well as where the Thomas River meets the sea. 122km from town. Facilities: camping grounds (fees apply) BBQs, toilets. National Park entry fees apply.
ISRAELITE BAY : EAST
For the more adventurous and those seeking a true remote coastal camping getaway, Israelite Bay provides sandy beaches, outstanding coastal scenery and great fishing. Discover the ruins of the old Telegraph Station, which operated from 1877 – 1917. This area can be very difficult to access (last 100km is restricted to 4WD vehicles only) and no facilities are provided, meaning it is the ultimate destination for fully self-sufficient campers & explorers! Visitors should check road conditions before departure & carry their own fuel & water. 200km from town. National Park entry fees apply.
QUAGI BEACH : WEST
One of the most popular camping sites for visitors to the Esperance area, offering beachside camping in a natural bush environment. 80km from town. Facilities: camping ground (fees apply) & toilets.
STOKES INLET (STOKES NATIONAL PARK) : WEST
One of the most picturesque & interesting estuaries along WA’s south east coast. Long beaches framed by rocky headlands, behind which lie sand dunes & heathland. After heavy winter rain, witness the inlet break through to the beach and fish the Estuary mouth. Follow the many beach tracks and discover the ruins of the Moir Homestead. 90km from town. Facilities: camping ground (fees apply), BBQs & toilets. National Park entry fees apply.
MUNGLINUP BEACH : WEST
Bordered by natural reef, you can swim, snorkel and experience the local marine life in crystal clear water. Fish from the beach or canoe on the Oldfield Estuary. 130km from town. Facilities: camping ground (fees apply) & toilets.