Cruises to Esperance
In this wonderfully remote western Australian town, experience nature at its most diverse and pristine, from untouched bushland to Australia's whitest beaches - where even kangaroos love to sunbake.
Esperance is French for hope and it’s the French that are credited with Esperance’s discovery. The town was named after L’Espérance, one of two French ships that anchored at Observatory Point sheltering from a storm. The Archipelago was named the Recherche after the second ship. A decade later, Matthew Flinders sailed the glorious waters of the Bay of Isles, discovering and naming gems such as Thistle Cove and Lucky Bay - Australia’s whitest beach. Whalers, sealers and pirates followed, as did pastoralists and miners, keen to cash in on free land and a gold boom at Kalgoorlie, to the north. Today, tourism, agriculture and fishing steer this stunning coastal community’s economy.
At A Glance
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What To See
Cape Le Grand National Park
From silky, squeaky sand (it really does squeak) and imposing granite peaks, to dazzling ocean as far as the eye can see, it’s little wonder Cape Le Grand National Park is one of Western Australia’s best known and most spectacular national parks. Make a point to visit Hellfire Bay, which despite its name, is one of the most beautiful spots in the park.
The 100-plus untouched islands that make up this stunning archipelago off the coast of Esperance are home to an amazing diversity of wildlife. See majestic white-breasted sea eagles soar, colonies of Australian sea lions and New Zealand fur seals unwind on rocky outcrops and bottlenose dolphins at play.
Great Ocean Drive
Breathtaking coastal imagery is broken up by fascinating landmarks on this beautiful 40-kilometre round trip from Esperance. The drive meanders past one of Australia’s best beaches, Twilight Beach. The Rotary Lookout offers a breathtaking bird’s eye view of Esperance and the Recherche Archipelago, and there’s a touch of history too - Observatory Point is where the two French frigates, L’Espérance and the Recherche, sheltered from a storm, before going on to explore the region.
Your ship will anchor offshore and a regular tender service will operate to and from Taylor Street Wharf.
Esperance's town centre and beachfront is within short walking distance.
A taxi rank is located near the post office in Andrew Street.
Esperance offers food and beverage outlets to cater for every taste - from casual family restaurants to cafes, coffee specialists, bakeries and takeaways.
Quarantine authorities do not allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products and sandwiches to be taken off the ship however commercially packaged confectionery, chips and bottled drinking water are allowed, subject to inspection.
There are a number of shops in Esperance including boutiques, gift and craft stores, which are all within walking distance. For a souvenir you won't find anywhere else, visit Australia’s only specialist fish and shark leather tannery, Mermaid Leather on Woods Street, where you can buy unique handbags, wallets and accessories made from fish and shark leather.
Esperance enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with warm to hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Daily temperatures range from 22 to 23 degrees in summer and 13 to 15 degrees in winter.
Major credit cards and charge cards are widely accepted. Automatic teller machines can provide currency to foreign cardholders.
Public telephones are available at the post office square. Mobile coverage is generally available as long as global roaming is selected prior to leaving home (where applicable). Free wi-fi is available at Taylor Street Bar and Café adjacent to the Taylor Street Jetty, at Dôme Café on Andrew Street, at Target in the Esperance Boulevard shopping centre, the Esperance French Hot Bread Shop (opposite the post office) and McDonalds on Dempster Street and Jax Snax on James Street.
WHAT TO WEAR ASHORE
To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat soled shoes, lightweight clothing and a hat. You are also advised to bring sunscreen and bottled water.
There are a range of Shore Tours available to really get the most out of your time at Esperance. Shore Tours can be booked onboard at the Shore Tours desk and are subject to availability. Guests are required to meet at a specific location for each Shore Tour departure. Please refer to your Shore Tour ticket for the correct time and place.
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