Things to see and do in Esperance, Western Australia

If you happen to be driving through along the south coast of Western Australia in your ZONE, make sure you stop into Esperance for a few days. In fact, because there is so much to see and do and because it’s a very caravan friendly destination, we think you’ll need at last five days in Esperance.


If you want to stay in Esperance town, you can park your caravan at the Esperance Seafront Caravan Park. It’s a relaxed and quiet caravan park overlooking beautiful Esperance Bay, and it’s an RAC Rated 3.5 Star park with terraced shady lawned sites and magnificent views. The beach is just across the road and the centre of town is just a short walk along the waterfront esplanade. It offers 170 powered caravan and tent sites across 10 acres, and the Esperance Seafront Caravan Park Shop and Reception is open daily from 8am to 6pm.
Our tip? Try to book in advance as it’s busy all year round. For all the park features, head here.

If you are thinking of staying in the beautiful wilderness, you can’t go past Cape Le Grande National Park and camp at Lucky Bay Campground. It’s truly incredible! With only 25 campsites, spots are strictly limited and booking is a must. With Lucky Bay right on your caravan step, it pays to be organised. And even better, you can drive on the beach at Lucky Bay and meet some very friendly local kangaroos. To book, simply visit here.

Things to do

If you are travelling with children, there are a couple of parks in town to keep them entertained.

Esperance is all about beach living, but don’t save all of your sandy adventures for Esperance Bay! Head out of town and drive the Great Ocean Drive loop. Along here you will find some of the most stunning, postcard perfect beaches Esperance has to offer including West Beach, Blue Haven, 11 Mile Lagoon and Twilight Beach. 

The best surprise of all is that Cape Le Grand National Park is only 45 minutes east of Esperance. Lucky Bay is an absolute must and everyone heads there for the great facilities, beach driving and the opportunity to get a photo with a local kangaroo. 

Whatever you end up doing in Cape Le Grand National Park, make sure you venture over to Thistle Cove for a full beach day – you will more than likely have the entire beach to yourself all day. There are no facilities, so pack plenty of food, shade and water. 

Places to eat

The beauty of Esperance is you can do as little or as much as you want in a day. There’s no rushing around here. The centre of town is located on the water just a short five to ten minute walk from Esperance Seafront Caravan Park. You can easily spend a day meandering slowly around town, and there are some seriously cute shops. 

Get your daily coffee at Downtown Espresso Bar; they also make their own pretzels by hand. The jalapeno pretzel is the best!

Stock up on groceries at Bob and Jim’s General Store if you fancy cooking up a storm.

Stocked up on salad sandwiches from the French Hot Bread Shop (who surprisingly do a really good Banh Mi) every day. It’s open early and is always busy. It’s the perfect place to grab lunch and snacks before heading over to Cape Le Grand National Park for a day trip.

Do a spot of shopping at Luna & Sage and the local surf shop Inner Tube. 

Enjoy a meal at Taylor St Quarters (the cocktails are really good) with views of Esperance Bay. Cocktails by sunset here are incredible and you really get that super friendly “locals only” vibe. 

If you fancy a night out, Fish Face is one of the best restaurants in town.