AUSTRALIA

Esperance & The Surrounding Area, Western Australia

Esperance is situated in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia and is the gateway to some of the most beautiful coastline in Australia. There are four national parks in the surrounding area. These protected areas have been responsible for preserving the natural beauty of the region. The coastline would have to rate as some of the most beautiful in Australia, if not in the world! I am already planning my next trip to this stunning part of Southern Ocean coastline. 

West Beach – Esperance

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Esperance Tanker Jetty

The Deepwater Wharf or Tanker Jetty was opened in 1935 and was mostly used to unload bulk fuel and load grain for export. The jetty was last used commercially in the mid 1980’s. The aging structure will be demolished in the next few months and a new structure will be built sometime in the future.

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Australia’s Own Stonehenge

The Esperance Stonehenge is a full scale replica of the original Stonehenge in the United Kingdom. It has been set out to look like Sonehenge did in 1950 BC.

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Cable Beach – Albany

Cable Beach is in Torndirrup National Park, just a short drive from Albany. I stayed overnight in Albany in order to break the long drive to Esperance.

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Alpaca – South Western Australia

An alpaca stands amongst wildflowers on a farm close to Esperance.

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Mt Hassel, Western Australia

The peak of Mt Hassel, Stirling Range is a challenge  for unfit weekend climbers. The scramble over rocks and through dense bush is worth it though, as the view from the summit is amazing. It is advisable to give yourself a few hours to summit Mt Hassel, enjoy the view and then wend your way down again.001b Esperance 349

Albany to Esperance – Western Australia

Esperance is a resort town situated just over seven hundred kilometres south of Western Australia’s state capital, Perth. It is renowned for its stunning granite coastline, picturesque outlying islands, turquoise water and the whitest beaches you can imagine. The drive from Perth may seem challenging but the scenery along the way is diverse and visually appealing. The kilometres just seem to fly by. Visitors can always overnight at Albany which is a leisurely four and a half hours from Perth.

Albany is a port city in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. It is the oldest permanently settled town in the state. Albany is situated just over four hundred kilometres south east of the capital, Perth. This historic town has a number of heritage listed colonial buildings and is set within a startling beautiful rugged coastline. 

West Beach – Esperance

West Beach is a short three kilometre drive west of Esperance city centre. It is flanked by rocky headlands and is a popular surf and swimming spot.

West Beach, Esperance

Frenchman Peak, Cape Le Grande National Park

Cape Le Grande National Park is a forty five minute drive from Esperance and is my favourite part of the southern region of Western Australia. The park is home to the western grey kangaroo, pygamy possums and a multitude of different species of bird. Cape Le Grande is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia, including Lucky Bay, Thistle Cove and Hellfire Bay. There are also a number of natural attractions in the park of which Frenchman Peak is well worth the hike to the cave close to the summit. The views from the cave and its surrounds are majestic.

Frenachman Peak, Esperance

South West Wheat Belt, Western Australia

The Southern Wheatbelt region of Western Australia is renowned for its gentle rolling pastures, shimmering salt lakes and expansive golden wheat fields. Wheat production accounts for seventy percent of total cereal production in Western Australia and a significant portion of the crop is exported each year. Export proceeds are in excess of Australian $3 billion each year.

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Thistle Cove, Cape Le Grande National Park

Thistle Cove is protected by granite outcrops at each end of the kilometre long beach. This helps to moderate the waves and keep it clear of rips. The beach sand is snowy white and the water in the bay is crystal clear.

Thistle Cove, Esperance

Mount Hassel, Stirling Range

Mount Hassel is in the Stirling Range National Park in Australia’s South West and has a popular three kilometre walking trail to the peak. The climb takes about an hour and summits at 847 metres. The views from the top are spectacular and well worth the challenging hike up a rocky path.

Mt Hassel, Western Australia

Canola Production – South West Australia

Canola is becoming an increasingly important crop in Western Australia and the estimated crop revenue for the 2016/17 season is in the region of $1 billion. The flowering canola fields along the roads leading to Esperance add vibrant colour to the landscape.

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Cave Point Lighthouse – Albany

Albany is the perfect place for a holiday or for travellers visiting Esperance to overnight. There are a number of attractions and sights in and around the town, including the Cave Point Lighthouse which is a short drive from the town centre in the Torndirrup National Park.

Esperance Lighthouse

Perth – City & Surf (cont.)

I recently visited Japan on a skiing holiday and, as always, it was a delight to return home to the warmth and familiarity of Perth.

This is a follow-on from last week’s post with captures of the beaches and the city centre of Perth, Australia.

Mossy Rocks of Trigg Beach

Trigg Beach Rocks, Perth

Rio Tinto Building, Perth

Rio Tinto Building, Perth

South Perth Jetty

South Perth Jetty

Perth Beach Sunset

Perth Beach Sunset

Scarborough Dog Beach, Perth

Scarborough Dog Beach, Perth