Last in this region, but certainly not least, is the breathtaking region of Esperance and the interesting geological phenomenon, Wave Rock. Don’t let the name fool you, this rock is nowhere near the ocean. Wave Rock is a multi-coloured granite cliff measuring 15m high, 110m long and shaped like a huge wave!
The town of Esperance is an ideal base to explore a string of stunning beaches and the natural wonders on the south coast of WA, including Cape Le Grand National Park, Cape Arid National Park and the islands of the Recherche Archipelago.
In Esperance, you’ll find the Great Ocean Drive – a 38km loop taking you past stunning beaches, rocky headlands, steep cliffs and hidden ocean pools. From snorkelling, surfing, swimming, bike riding and bushwalking, there’s lots to experience on the way!
The drive includes popular spots like Twilight Cove beach, Rotary lookout and Pink Lake (although not pink anymore, you can read about the lake’s history at the lookout). If you had your heart set on seeing a pink lake, Lake Hillier is closeby and still bubblegum pink, but you’ll need a scenic flight or boat charter to reach it.
Cape Arid National Park is just 120km East of Esperance. Take some time to explore this untouched paradise and camp out under the stars, swim at secluded bays, see colourful wildflowers and go whale watching (seasonal).
Join a full or half-day eco-tour through the Recherche Archipelago – a collection of 100+ islands just 15km off the coast. Woody Island is one of the most popular – where dramatic rocky headlands, sheltered bays and tall eucalypt woodlands provide a haven for wildlife. It’s a great spot for bushwalking, swimming, snorkelling and relaxing.
Now onto one of my favourites! Located within the Cape le Grand National Park, Lucky Bay is Australia’s whitest beach. With its white sand, turquoise waters and resident beach-loving Kangaroos, Lucky Bay is a must-do on your Western Australia adventure!
Lucky Bay is a little slice of heaven, with its white sand and sheltered waters, it’s perfect for snorkelling and wading in the shallows. The best part is that Lucky Bay stretches for 5km, so it’s never too overcrowded! There’s nothing quite like seeing a Kangaroo sunbathing at Lucky Bay – how Australian, right?
Remember not to feed these guys or try to touch them as they are still wild, though if you’re happy to wait for them to approach you, they seem to like the seaweedy areas!