19 Ideas on Where to Stay in Esperance in Australia’s Golden Outback.

Esperance Beach by Jo Castro

Turquoise water and white sand are characteristic of Esperance’s beaches

Looking for Accommodation in Esperance?

It’s a long way to Tipperary, but oh my goodness I think it’s even further to oh-so-beautiful Esperance, and when you get there, the first thing you need is a comfortable place to hang your hat, put your feet up and have an ice cold beer.

A holiday in Esperance will entail a lot of time spent outdoors exploring places like Cape Le Grand, walking the long stretches of white beaches, climbing enormous granite rocks, 4 x 4’ing if you’re that way inclined, biking, hiking, swimming, surfing or going on boat trips, and the list goes on.

Somewhere comfy, with space to spread out such as Island View Apartments (we stayed there) is definitely a must on a trip to this remote part of the world because Esperance as an area really is an assault on the visionary senses; squeaky-clean beaches, turquoise waters, 105 untouched islands, wildflower country, and golden outback, you name it – Esperance has got it in blindingly beautiful buckets.

Where to stay in Esperance by Jo Castro

Esperance is an assault on all the senses

Blown away by Esperance

It’s also a physical assault on the senses for travelling in late November we were stripping off rapidly when beaten by the heat of the sun as the temperature rose to 36 degrees, and then reaching for our woollies when the sea breeze was chilly enough to be nipping at our skin on a mid-day walk. Be warned, when the wind blows, it really blows.

Where is it?

Known as The Bay of Isles Esperance, the town, is 721 kms from Perth. You can fly, although the one and a half hour plane trip might be faster but maybe not as significant. For Esperance is a long way from anywhere, like another country, and the long drive makes you appreciate its remoteness and the reasons why it is still so pristine.

Where to stay in Esperance by Jo Castro

Esperance is really remote and pristine

What’s it like?

The drive to Esperance is long and hot and straight, whichever direction you approach from. The roads stretch like grey ribbon disappearing way over the horizon as if pulled by an invisible source, never ending, until yet another enormous road train carrying nickel from a mine near Ravensthorpe or sheep from a large merino stud come rumbling into view to break the monotony.

On first glance the town seems a bit, well, insignificant and without any special landmarks or architecture. There’s the feature clock which chimes out across the bay, and the pristine Esperance Bay is fringed with Norfolk pines. Here you’ll find a children’s play park and a maze, and a beach front cafe with a coastal garden fronting the harbor.

Where to stay in Esperance by Jo Castro

Town beach fringed with Norfolk Pine trees

Historical Esperance

As we opened our eyes to discover the unfamiliar we found the Bijou Theatre, oldest in Western Australia (1896), which was staging “Calendar Girls” which we went to watch one evening and loved, laughing out loud in places at the talented, amateur actors.

Then the next day we found the Historic Town Walk, and a map detailing a stroll taking you back in time to 36 places of historical interest, and we decided that the town wasn’t insignificant at all. It has an interesting history and an odd claim to fame  because it houses pieces of  Skylab, America’s first space station, which crashed out of control in 1979, and as it moved through the atmosphere pieces tore off and fell to earth in the Esperance region. Large pieces of it are now on display in the Municipal Museum along with other material from NASA.

Where to stay in Esperance by Jo Castro

The stand-out clock and the Bijou Theatre are two town landmarks.

Beaches and National Parks

After we had settled down from the drive and started to explore we began to understand what Esperance is all about and of course, mostly, it’s the beaches and untouched National Parks, such as Cape Le Grand or Cape Arid.

Where to stay in Esperance by Jo Castro

Exploring Frenchman’s Peak

And because they are spread out over a large distance you’ll want want to linger longer in Esperance.

Where to stay in Esperance

I have to say that initially I was disappointed because there are some dismal looking places to stay along the sea front, along with only a few brightly painted resorts which stand out in holiday white and blue relief. I had expected a quainter assortment of brightly painted, more welcoming establishments, probably because I’d seen so many pictures of Esperance’s colourful beaches and expected the town to reflect those colours.

We found a place that mirrored the image I had of Esperance’s accommodation, and we stayed at Island View Apartments, which not only has streetside appeal, but is also  really comfortable, offering stylish apartments, many with sea views.

What I loved about Island View Apartments

Where to stay in Esperance, Island View Apartments, Esperance

Island View Apartments are situated right opposite the beach

  •  Upside down designs to get the best views.
  • Contemporary beach side architecture.
  • Airy and light, good breezes thought the apartment.
  • Decked area with barbie and lovely view of ocean.
  • King size bed.
  • Crisp white linen sheets.
  • Thoughtful amenities – bath and body products in the bathroom.
  • Views over Esperance Foreshore and Casteltown Quays with some of the Recherche Archipelago islands in the background.
  • Our unit had a sliding door leading from the bedroom out onto a small private, walled, grassed area.
  • Large bathroom with room to move, and a shower over the bath. Good water pressure.
  • Fresh white towels.
  • Laundry room and washing machine with laundry powder.
  • A washing line in the garden area, and a drying stand in the laundry.
  • A good size flat-screen tv, books, magazines, dvds, CD player.
  • Short walk into town.
  • Right opposite the beach.
  • Esplanade walkway and cycle path at the door.
  • Well appointed – it had everything we needed.
  • Very friendly welcome from Jen with lots of advice about where to go and what to see. “And don’t forget to visit Lucky Bay and Hellfire Bay, and take this road, oh here it’s gravel,” she explained, trying to give us the low down on how best to explore the area in 5 days. Jen arrived from Melbourne 12 years ago. “I love it here, she told me. I used to visit my sister on holidays, she’s been here for 25 years, and I liked it so much that I decided to relocate.”

To Contact Island View Apartments visit www.esperanceapartments.com.au, email: admin@esperanceapartments.com.au, Tel: 1800 440 508. 14 – 15 The Esplanade, Esperance.

A few ideas on where else to stay in Esperance

  • The Best Western Hospitality Inn
  • Driftwood Apartments
  • White House Beachside Apartments
  • Esperance Beachfront Resort
  • Esperance Chalet Village
  • The Jetty Resort
  • Comfort Inn Bay of Isles Motel
  • Pier Hotel
  • Archipelago Apartments
  • Esperance Bay Holiday Park
  • Esperance B & B ‘by the sea’
  • Bay of Islands B & B and Apartments
  • Tranquil Retreat Bed & Breakfast
  • Pink Lake Tourist Park
  • Esperance Eagle View
  • Esperance Seafront Caravan Park
  • You can also bunk down under the stars by the beach at Lucky Bay. There are solar showers, camp kitchens and barbies.
  • Wharton Beach has a campsite.

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Comments

  1. Esperance certainly has the whitest squeakiest beaches in Australia! In fact Lucky Bay was judged in 2006 by a national committee of scientific experts through Geoscience Australia to be the whitest beach in Australia! And the water, from my experience, is freezing – it does come straight from Antarctica! We stayed a duplex at the Esperance Seafront Caravan Park – ideally located.
    Great post Jo – very informative for travellers thinking of going to Esperance.
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  2. Gosh! I didn’t realise it had been judged so scientifically! Amazing. Yes the sea was freezing when we were there too :) Thanks for your tip on where to stay :)

  3. Hi Johanna,

    Will look forward to reading more on your trip. I’ve never been to Esperance but a good pal of mine from school (30 years ago!) lives there so will get there one day – finally! And we’d stay on her farm when we got there. My friend tells me about her life there and it sounds really appealling, so scenic, great beaches etc etc plus that remoteness which you’ve described well here.
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  4. To go to Esperance and spend time on a farm would be wonderful. How lovely that your friend tells you about her life there – I can understand why she finds it appealing. Yes, you have to go one day when you can :)

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