THE BEST BEACHES IN ESPERANCE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
As you may know, I am currently working with Australia’s Golden Outback to showcase a beautiful slice of Western Australia - Esperance! If you haven’t already read this blog post about where to stay (I’ll give you a hint - it’s amazing), make sure you do here. For this blog post, I am going to share a list of my favourite beaches in Esperance. And best of all? If you only have a couple of days in Esperance, you can see and swim at all of them in two days. Fantastic! Me personally? You need at least five nights in Esperance to truly enjoy all the beaches on offer.
WEST BEACH, GREAT OCEAN DRIVE
West Beach is the first beach on the Great Ocean Drive when you approach from the centre of town. You come over a hill and the view of this beach hits you with unimaginable beauty. You could easily spend a day here and not even look at the other beaches nestled along Great Ocean Drive. The surf here is also pretty good for those who want to catch a wave.
BLUE HAVEN, GREAT OCEAN DRIVE
Just down the road is Blue Haven. It’s a smaller beach tucked down a hill and shrouded in wild native bushland. Blue Haven is a favourite amongst locals as it’s more quiet than West Beach. You can go climbing on the rocks here and slid into the water when the water is calm.
11 MILE LAGOON, GREAT OCEAN DRIVE
We loved 11 Mile Lagoon. It’s along the Great Ocean Drive and one of the last beaches before driving inland. On high tide, a natural lagoon is formed and is the perfect spot to swim. It’s Mother Nature’s version of a swimming pool and absolutely perfect for kids. Do be mindful though, the water does move around a lot so keep an eye out for this.
TWILIGHT BEACH, GREAT OCEAN DRIVE
Twilight Beach is located along the Great Ocean Drive between Blue Haven and 11 Mile Lagoon. It has a huge carpark and a short flight of timber steps, which attracts a lot of families. There are also two huge rocks sitting up in the ocean in front of the beach, which helps protects the bay from winds and wildlife. Dusty particularly loved this beach and we saw lots of kids rocking jumping into the salty water.
LUCKY BAY, CAPE LE GRAND NATIONAL PARK
Cape Le Grand National Park, where to start! Lucky Bay is definitely the main attraction here and for good reasons. It has the softest and whitest sand in the world (it feels like flour!) and the very friendly local kangaroos who like to come down to the beach during the warmer months. Most visitors visit Lucky Bay because it’s so pristine, but I think the great amenities (toilets, BBQs, camping) also appeal to people. And the fact that you can drive onto the beach doesn’t hurt.
THISTLE COVE, CAPE LE GRAND NATIONAL PARK
Last, but not least, is my absolute favourite beach in Esperance - Thistle Cove. I have a hot tip from me to you; no one ever comes here, so go here! Everyone flocks to Lucky Bay but on the two separate days we went to Cape Le Grand National Park, there was not a single sole on the beach at Thistle Cove. Each time, in peak season might I add, we enjoyed the blissful dreams of all holidayers - to stow away at a stunning beach without anyone else around. So yes, definitely visit Lucky Bay and Hellfire of course. But make sure you spend the most amount of time at Thistle Cove, you won’t regret it.