We started our stay here by going to the visitor information centre and historical village, after all why not hear what the locals believe are the best places to visit. We spoke to some very knowledgeable and happy locals who were eager to share info on their favourite places to visit. Also got some great tips from a local photographer, Sally Nevin of White Sands Gallery about good spots to visit and what time of day.
We are staying at the Foreshore Caravan Park which is really close to town and has a great view of the bay.
We’ve taken a drive out to Cape Le Grand National Park and were absolutely wowed by the stunning beaches including Cape Le Grand beach, Hellfire Bay and Lucky Bay. We’ve driven the Great Ocean drive which is a 40km loop around Esperance, taking in a lot of coastal scenery and tried a few frothies at the Lucky Bay Brewery.
Now we are enjoying Australia Day, starting with the celebrations and market at the Adventureland Park and helping to keep the local economy moving. We bought some ‘Natural Wonders, Good Riddance, tropical strength body mousse’, to keep the bitey critters away. I also bought a beautiful glass pendant with Lucky Bay sand in it from a local glass artist, Eimear O’Connor, and also did our bit to try and help save the Esperance Tanker Jetty. It’s WA election time so a good time for pollies to show their true colours. “Save Australia’s Jetties!”
And now it’s time for BBQ and beers and the Triple J Hottest 100 on the radio. But the last words today should go to Dorothea Mackellar who summed up this beautiful country so well in this excerpt from “My Country”,
I love a sunburnt country
A land of sweeping plains
Of ragged mountain ranges
Of droughts and flooding rains
I love her far horizons
I love her jewel-sea
Her beauty and her terror
The wide brown land for me.