Another Slice of Heaven

Thoughts on Location No 61

Esperance, Goldfields-Esperance, Western Australia

Everything I’ve ever heard about this little town on the south coast of Western Australia is true and it took me less than 24 hours to declare that I could easily call Esperance home.

Nestled on the south coast of Western Australia, where the climate is similar to that of the Mediterranean, and with the backdrop of some of the Recherche Archipelago islands just off shore, I found the area to be one of the prettiest we’ve been so far.

It ticks all the boxes – my boxes anyway – no traffic lights, no traffic congestion, friendly people, great coffee, my favourite supermarket, Dean’s favourite hardware store and surf to be found (on the right day), a gorgeous foreshore to walk along and enjoy, and the crystal clear waters of the Southern Ocean gently lapping a plethora of white sandy beaches everywhere.

The following photos were taken at Twilight Beach.

There are so many beaches that if you arrive at one that’s busy, you need only drive a little further and you’re sure to find one that’s not.  Perhaps we were visiting Esperance during a quiet period with summer still a few weeks away, but we found ourselves on many deserted beaches and enjoyed walking along the firm white sand with the ‘not so cold’ water wrapping around our ankles.

I could easily have looked for a job and called an end to our travels.

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We stayed at the Esperance Seafront Caravan Park and, to be perfectly honest, I couldn’t leave the park quick enough.  It was grossly overpriced and we couldn’t see the value in the price we paid to stay there.

Esperance is such a beautiful area that we would loved to have stayed longer.  Unfortunately the park was a huge disappointment and therefore we moved on, making me question their affiliation with Top Tourist Parks of Australia.

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  1. Clare, we loved our stay in this park, we were overlooking the car park, and had a roomy site, until the 26th December, when the rest of Australia seemed to move in. We left the next day, but had planned on that anyway. We would definitely return should we ever return to Esperence. We also loved the place and the whole area. When we moved on to Albany, we stayed at Kalgan River. Oit of town, right on what is believed to be the oldest river in the world.

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    1. Hi Maggie,

      I guess I was put off by the $20 deposit for a boom gate tag. I’ve no objection to paying a deposit for an electronic tag, but although the staff member clearly circled where the boom gate was on the copy of park map she gave us, there was no boom gate, only evidence there had not been one for quite some time, years perhaps. When returning the tag to receive my money back I commented about the lack of a boom gate and (a different) staff members laughed at me and in a very condescending manner told me wasn’t a boom gate tag, it was a site tag.

      Seriously – If you have to provide a deposit for your ‘site tag’ to be taken off their wall so they can keep track of site availability, then just say so. Don’t use a red pen to circle the position of a non-existent boom gate and tell me I have the swipe the tag to enter and exit the park. I really object to being lied to – it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.

      Clare

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  2. Don’t you think the price of the park is a reflection of the abundance of beautiful beaches? My friend Kim is always telling me how beautiful and white the sand is in Perth. I do know it’s the 2nd or 3rd most popular beach area in the world for tourists. Sounds like that whole part of the country might be that way. Beautiful pictures…

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    1. Hi Calan,

      Yes it is a popular tourist area, but it’s also low season when the prices ‘should’ be a little cheaper. This part of Australia certainly is beautiful and at the moment we feel like we simply move from one amazing place to another.

      Clare

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