Esperance, Western Australia © Tourism Western Australia
Guide to Esperance
Aboriginal name: Kepa Kurl (pronounced Kep-pa Kurl)
- Getting to Esperance
- When to visit
Australia’s whitest sands, striking turquoise waters and wild landscapes make Esperance one of the most visually captivating places in the country.
This special pocket of Western Australia is a true feast for the senses. Go exploring and you’ll find yourself marvelling at a bubblegum-pink lake, hiking along rocky coastline, fishing, sailing and more. In addition to its unrivalled scenery, Esperance offers the uniquely charming Lucky Bay – a beach equally as popular with people as with kangaroos.
The Wudjari Nongar people are the Traditional Custodians of Kepa Kurl (Esperance), which translates to ‘where the waters lie like a boomerang’ in Noongar language. Experience the connection between the Wudjari Nongar people and this pristine ecosystem during an Eco Cultural Discovery Tour.
- Traditional name: Kepa Kurl (pronounced Kep-pa Kurl)
- Indigenous Peoples: Wudjari Nongar people
- Traditional lands: Wudjari Nongar
- Traditional languages: Noongar
- How to say g’day in Noongar: kaya
You can fly to Esperance with REX (Regional Express) Airlines from Perth Airport on a 90-minute flight.
- Esperance Airport (EPR) is approximately 20km (12mi) from the town centre
- Taxis and car rental are available from the airport
If you’re keen for an epic road-trip, Esperance is approximately an eight-hour drive from Perth. Consider using the trip as an opportunity to explore Western Australia’s South West region on a two week road-trip.
As a coastal town with mild average temperatures, Esperance is perfectly poised as a summer getaway.
That’s not to say that summer is the only time this charming seaside town puts on a show. Winter marks the beginning of the southern right whale migration, wildflower season is in full bloom during spring and autumn sees the weather cool perfectly for exploring the local national parks on foot.
- High season: Summer (December to February)
- Low season: Autumn (June to August)
- Don’t miss: Wandering through carpets of wildflowers in spring (August to November)