An ocean beach near Esperance.

Esperance is a town in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia. It's a popular travel destination for locals, noted for magnificent coastline, spectacular beaches, outdoor activities and fine fishing.


Esperance was first named by the French who sheltered in the bay here in 1792.


Pirates roamed the nearby islands during the 19th century, harkening back to a period when the west was indeed wild.

Parts of the NASA Skylab space station fell close to town when it dropped from orbit in 1979.

Esperance has the necessities for a prosperous town - a deep-sea port, airport and railroad junction. Esperance is awakening, slowly and surely, as more people discover the natural wonders of the town. The weather is very changeable.

Get in

Esperance is located 720kms south-east of Western Australia's capital, Perth, by road. It is approx a 7 hour trip from Perth. The nearest major towns are Albany, to the west, and Kalgoorlie, to the north.

When travelling from eastern states, across the Nullarbor using the Eyre Highway, the first notable junction is that at Norseman - the road to the north goes to Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie, the road to the south is to Esperance.

Get around


Cape Le Grand National Park - less than 50km from town to the east - a mix of rugged wild coast and views of the Archipelago of the Recherche.




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