Australia's Golden Outback 2023 Holiday Planner

Frenchman Peak

How to Get There

the waters lie like a boomerang.” Listen to Dreaming stories and discover the songlines of the land by choosing an Aboriginal-owned, local eco-culture tour during your visit. For the ultimate Australian road trip, traverse the Nullarbor Plain along the southern edge of the Golden Outback. Start at the woodland town of Norseman, where the corrugated iron dromedarie (camels) are a tribute to the camel trains of old, and continue east to the Caiguna Blowhole , Eyre Bird Observatory and the old Eucla Telegraph Station ruins . It’s a true outback Aussie culture fix. By Road: Road conditions are excellent, with sealed main roads heading in and out of Esperance. Esperance is accessible from many of the drive routes from Perth and the Nullarbor By Air: Esperance is serviced by Rex with daily flights from Perth. Tel: 13 17 13. Skippers provides charter services from Perth to Ravensthorpe. Tel: 1300 729 924. By Coach Transwa operates regular coach services from Perth to Esperance and from Albany to Esperance via Ravensthorpe. Tel: 1300 662 205.

Eleven Mile Beach

E sperance & the Fitzgerald Coast are cooling coastal oases and nature wonderlands within Australia’s Golden Outback — out of the way and out of this world. With brilliant blue waters, snow-white beaches and some of the most spectacular national parks, it’s a mesmerising place to bring the family, friends or embark on an a serene solo adventure. Pitching a tent at one of the local campgrounds is one of best ways to immerse yourself in the area’s great outdoors. Le Grand Beach and Lucky Bay Campgrounds are the ideal bases for exploring the majestic Cape Le Grand National Park , which combines sheltered bays, granite peaks, rolling heathlands and native wildlife into one nature wonderland. While Four Mile Beach and Hamersley Inlet, perched on the edge of the UNESCO recognised biodiversity hotspot Fitzgerald River National Park , are two spectacular spots worth experiencing. Ravensthorpe (home to the world’s largest wildflower show) and Hopetoun are both gateways to this spectacular park. Plan your road trips to take you through these otherworldly highlights with the Fitzgerald Coast Loop a popular drive and The Great Ocean Drive a must-experience route, taking you along Esperance’s coast from the Esplanade all

the way to the enchanting Twilight Bay. Drive yourself right into the quintessential Aussie beach holiday; no crowds, just space. Unplug for a moment, find a private cove, lay out your towel and exhale. Rock pools form natural aquariums where shy hermit crabs and starfish play hide and seek. Kangaroos sunbathe at Lucky Bay all day while you sip a signature ‘Kangacino.’ The southern gem of Esperance is the ideal base to explore the most mesmerising beaches and hinterland of this remarkable coast. Immerse yourself in its live music scene, enjoy outdoor movies and summertime twilight markets, explore the James Street Precinct and take a photo with the Whale Tail Sculpture or the full-size replica of Stonehenge on the town’s outskirts. Just offshore, 105 islands peek across the horizon presenting a maritime maze to explore by boat or air. The Recherche Archipelago is a paradise inhabited only by dolphins, whales, seals and seabirds. The largest isle, Middle Island , is home to the famed pink Lake Hillier , a sight best accessible by heli or scenic flight. From above, the contrast of the fairy floss lake and the azure ocean is especially striking. Kepa Kurl is the Wudjari name for ‘Esperance’ – which translates to “where | Esperance & the Fitzgerald Coast | 95

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