Twilight Cove, along the Great Ocean Drive
The Great Ocean Drive starts just a few kilometres from Esperance, so first of all grab a coffee at one of the town’s cafés and settle in to the first section, stopping in at West Beach, Blue Haven Beach, Salmon Beach, and Fourth Beach. Marvel at the polished granite boulders and formations rising from the water, and watch out for schools of salmon running along the coast between December – February.For expansive views of Esperance Bay and Twilight Beach, call in at Observatory Point. Keep an eye out for dolphins and migrating whales (June-October) – often only a hundred metres or so from shore.
The final stage of the Great Ocean Drive returns into Esperance via Pink Lake; contrary to its name the lake has returned to a whiter colour in recent years, but still offers bushwalks and a thriving habitat for local birdlife.
End the Great Ocean Drive back in Esperance, with a walk through the town’s acclaimed museum village, with its galleries, craft shops and restored heritage buildings. The bi-weekly farmers’ markets trade local honey, fruit, vegetables, and homemade breads and craft goods on alternate Sundays.