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Twilight Bay near Esperance
 

Esperance (including Israelite Bay)
Intensely beautiful town with some of the most stunning coastal scenery in Australia
For what it is worth I would suggest that the drive from Esperance west along Twilight Beach Road past West Beach, Chapman's Point, Blue Haven Beach, Salmon Beach, Fourth Beach and Twilight Beach is the most beautiful stretch of coastline I have seen anywhere in Australia. The impossibly white sands, the gently rounded granite cliffs, and the ocean changing from aquamarine near the shore to a deep blue out near the islands of the Archipelago of the Recherche is a combination of natural beauties which make Esperance one of the true wonders of the Australian coastline.

The sand dunes, pushed to fantastic heights by the unforgiving 'Esperance Doctor', are 50-60 metres high. They are so white and so battered by the winds of the Southern Ocean that there are places on the road where the sand has drifted across the road like snow.

Below the road the white sands of the beaches and small bays are edged by smooth and dramatic rocks and glorious displays of wildflowers. This is one of those areas where the beauty is so overwhelming that it takes the breath away. Located 721 km south-east of Perth, Esperance is increasing in popularity as travellers begin to realise its unique charms.

The first Europeans into the area were the Dutch aboard the Gulde Zeepaard who sailed across the Great Australian Bight in 1627. A chart of the southern coast of Australia printed in Holland in 1628 includes the islands off Esperance. It is therefore reasonable to assume that Pieter Nuyts and the crew of the Gulde Zeepaard sailed through the islands during their voyage.

It is certain that the coast was visited by other Dutch sailors, and probably sealers and whalers, in the 165 years which passed between 1627 and 1792 but the next important visitors were Captain Bruni d'Entrecasteaux commanding Le Recherche and Captain Huon de Kermandec of L'Esperance who were searching the Australian waters for the missing explorer La Perouse while charting the coastline and exploring the new continent.

Forced to seek protection from a storm the two vessels sheltered on the lee side of Observatory Island and that night d'Entrecasteaux wrote in his journal 'I decided to give the harbour the name of Esperance Bay, that of the first frigate to enter it.' A translation of Esperance from the French would mean something like "hope, with confidence and faith in the future".

There is a monument to the discovery and naming of the area at Observatory Point which is beyond Twilight Bay in Twilight Beach Road west of the town.

The next explorer to visit the area was Matthew Flinders who arrived in the area on 8 January 1802 and stayed until 17 January, exploring the islands and the mainland and naming Thistle Cove and Lucky Bay.

In the 1820s and 1830s the harbours and bays around Esperance were commonly used by sealers and whalers who lived a primitive and brutal life mistreating the local Aborigines, fighting with each other, living in primitive huts and surviving on a diet of seal meat and supplies they picked up at infrequent intervals from the colony at Albany.

The next explorer into the area was Edward John Eyre who, exhausted from his journey across the Great Australian Bight, reached Rossiter Bay (now part of Cape Le Grand National Park to the east of Esperance) in June 1841. Eyre's description of his arrival at the bay is one of sheer elation.

'In a short time I arrived upon the summit of a rocky cliff, opposite to a fine large barque lying at anchor in a well sheltered bay (which I subsequently named Rossiter Bay, after the captain of the whaler) immediately east of Lucky Bay and at less than a quarter of a mile distant from the shore...I tied up my horses, therefore, to a bush and waited for Wylie, who was not long in coming after me, having driven the poor horses at a pace they had not been accustomed to for many a long day. I now made a smoke on the rock where I was, and hailed the vessel, upon which a boat immediately put off, and in a few moments I had the inexpressible pleasure of being again among civilised beings and of shaking hands with a fellow countryman in the person of Captain Rossiter, commanding the French whaler Mississippi.'

The sailors on the Mississippi had established a kind of settlement in the area and were growing vegetables and raising sheep and goats during the non-whaling season.

Eyre was followed through the area by John Septimus Roe's surveying expedition of 1848 but Roe's report on the coast was unenthusiastic and did little to encourage settlement.

The first settlers were the Dempster brothers who drove sheep, cattle and horses from Northam in 1863, taking up a grazing lease of 304 000 acres. The former Dempster Homestead, located at 155 Dempster Street, is listed on the National Estate as an important relic of the early history of the area. Built in 1863 by the Dempster brothers it is rough in construction having used local limestone and a design based on needs rather than aesthetics. It has been restored and is now in private ownership and not open to the public.

Annie Dempster wrote in 1865: 'Andrew describes the place where they intend eventually to have their house - it must be a pretty spot at the entrance of Esperance Bay with a beautiful view of the bay which is twenty miles across - a good landing and a capital harbour - the bay seems almost landlocked with islands and the sea so quiet that when rough outside they could take a boat about to any part of it. Also enough good land for a garden and a field, and plenty of good water'.

Access to the outside world was greatly improved when the Overland Telegraph was opened in 1876. There were five telegraph stations along the southern coast at Bremer Bay, Esperance, Israelite Bay, Eyre (now the Bird Sanctuary south of Cocklebiddy) and Eucla. 200 km to the east of Esperance (the last 100 km is restricted to 4WD vehicles only and there are no facilities) is Israelite Bay where the ruins of the Israelite Bay Telegraph Station, which operated from 1877-1917, can be seen. The original building was constructed of timber. It was replaced by a standard stone building in 1896. The complex includes the ruins of a cottage built in 1884 and two graveyards where telegraph operators and others who lived in the area are buried. Although very inaccessible Israelite Bay offers both good fishing and good swimming. The road passes through Cape Arid National Park.

The town of Esperance came into existence in 1893 as a port facility for the Coolgardie goldfield. Its importance was short-lived. The arrival of the railway from Perth to Kalgoorlie in 1896 meant that most miners took the route from the west. The hotels, breweries, stores and guest houses which had sprung up to cater for the miners disappeared overnight.

Attempts were made to open up the area as wheat farming land in 1912 and 1924 but the drought of 1914-1915, the Great Depression and the light salty soils thwarted the development. It wasn't until 1949 that the Gibson Research Station of Esperance Downs discovered that the local soil only needed additional trace elements to make it fertile. This simple discovery ultimately turned the area into a successful producer of wheat, sheep and cattle.

The success of this venture is vividly expressed in the fact that in 1954 there were 36 farmers on about 8000 hectares and by the mid 1980s there were 600 farmers utilising over 400 000 hectares. It was a good combination of Australian technology and American capital.

 


 

 

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Museum Park Period Village
 

Museum Park Period Village and Tourist Information
A good starting point for any visit to Esperance is the Tourism Association which is located within the Museum Park Period Village in Dempster Street. The Bureau has a number of excellent maps and books about the area and can provide information about local attractions, accommodation, horse rides, fishing charters, diving charters, fishing and diving supplies, island cruise operators, whale-watching cruises (late May to late October), walking and cycling pathways, hiking guides, windsurfing specialists, areas for viewing native wildflowers, scenic flights, abseiling guides, cycle hire, canoe and aqua bike hire, local art galleries and studios, 4WD and other sightseeing tours, car rentals and local events such as the annual show (October), the Angling Classic (February), the Wildflower Show (September) and the biennial Festival of the Wind (November).

The Museum Village is an interesting collection of historical buildings which covers an entire block. Apart from the old railway station and yards there is a former doctor's surgery, a school master's residence, a church and a private home, all located on an imaginary historic street.

The village incorporates a cafe, art gallery, a blacksmith's, craft shops and the town's visitor information centre which dispenses information relating to local attractions, accommodation, eateries, and service providers who offer such excursions as safaris to local beaches, bays, national parks and scenic regional towns, fishing charter services, scenic flights, horse rides and wildlife cruises through the Archipelago of the Recherche, involving sightseeing of dolphins, seals and sea lions. Such services include a stop-off at Woody Island and the Eco Tourism Retreat which offers hut-style accommodation.

The Visitor Centre and the Museum Village are open from 8.45 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. weekdays and 9.00 a.m.to 5.00 p.m. weekends. To contact the Centre ring (08) 9071 2330 or email admin@visitesperance.com

 

Esperance Museum
Located at the corner of Dempster St and James St, the Esperance Museum displays material relating to local history, including pioneer memorabilia, a 1951 coal-fire locomotive, shipwreck items, pieces of the US Sky Lab, which fell to earth in the Esperance region in 1980, Aboriginal artifacts, a room with antique musical items, a display of antiquated communications equipment and agricultural machinery. It is open from 1.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. daily, tel: (08) 9071 1579 or email: museum@emerge.net.au

 

Dempster Homestead
The first European settlers in the vicinity were the Dempster brothers who drove horses, cattle and sheep into the area in 1863, taking up a large grazing lease in 1866. The former Dempster Homestead, located at 155 Dempster Street, is listed on the National Estate as an important relic of the early history of the area. Built in 1863 by the Dempster brothers it is rough in construction having used local limestone and a design based on needs rather than aesthetics. It has been restored and is now in private ownership but can be viewed from the street (there is no access to the grounds or interior).

 

Tanker Jetty
There is an artificial reef just off the end of the town jetty which is a good spot for fishing and strolling. A local sea lion tends to make regular appearances, albeit at its own discretion. The jetty extends out into Esperance Bay from the point where Dempster St and The Esplanade conjoin.

 

Cannery Arts Centre
The Cannery Arts Centre is the major arts exhibition space in Esperance. It displays local and touring exhibitions and possesses studios in use by local artists. There is also an arts and crafts shop. It is located on Norseman Rd, just beyond Tanker Jetty. The centre can be contacted on (08) 9071 3599.

 

Bandy Creek and Bandy Creek Boat Harbour
About 3 km north of Tanker Jetty (via Goldfields Rd) is the turnoff into Daw Drive which leads to Bandy Creek Boat Harbour. This is the centre of the local fishing industry and a good spot to cast a line.

The harbour lies at the mouth of Bandy Creek. Canoes and Aqua Bikes can be hired from the Esperance Chalet village for usage along the creek.

 

Pink Lake
Pink Lake, when the conditions are right, takes on a soft pink hue owing to the salt-tolerant dunalella salina algae, although water temperature and salinity levels cause the colouring to vary considerably. There is a lookout, from whence one can see stockpiles of table salt, which is produced in solar ponds at the eastern end of the lake.The site is 5 km west of town along Pink Lake Rd which runs off Dempster St.

 

Grave of Tommy Windich
Just across the railway line from the harbour (on The Esplanade), is the grave of Tommy Windich. The headstone, erected by John and Alexander Forrest, explains his importance and why he is so fondly remembered. 'Erected by John and Alexander Forrest in memory of Tommy Windich - Born near Mt Stirling Died at Esperance Bay. He was an aboriginal native of Western Australia of great intelligence and fidelity who accompanied them on exploring expeditions into the interior of Australia two of which were from Perth to Adelaide.'

 

 

A view of Esperance from the Rotary Lookout
 

Rotary Lookout
Nearby, along Doust St (which runs off Twilight Beach Road) is the excellent Rotary Lookout which provides panoramic views of Esperance, Esperance Bay, Pink Lake, farmlands, and the islands off the coast. There is an associated loop walk.

But it is really the drive along the coast which takes the breath away. The visitor comes over the hill and there below, protected by thick wildflowers, is West Beach. The immediate response is: 'This must surely be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The sand is so white and the sea is so green.'

 

Miniature Railway
Miniature train rides operate in Port Authority Park in Taylor St. Times of operation vary so contact the visitor centre for further information, tel: (08) 9071 2330.

 

Archer Drive Lookout
This drive takes in attractive natural and farmland scenery as well as former goldmining sites. Information is available from the Information Centre.

 

Great Ocean Drive and the Beaches to the West of the Town
What is difficult to comprehend is that West Beach is but one of a necklace of beaches and each one has its own special appeal and charm. These include Second Beach, Blue Haven Beach, Salmon Beach, Fourth Beach, Twilight Beach, Nine Mile Beach and Eleven Mile Beach.

But, for all its beauty, the white sands spilling over the road are a reminder that this stretch of coastline is whipped most afternoons by the dreaded 'Esperance Doctor'.

'Every afternoon!' one local wit declared. 'It started about 7 o'clock this morning.' Access to the beaches is via Twilight Beach Road which becomes Great Ocean Drive: a scenic 38-km circular loop drive which includes Twilight Beach, Rotary Lookout, the wind farms, Observatory Point and Pink Lake

 

Observatory Point and Lookout
At Observatory Point and Lookout a plaque commemorates the occasion in 1792 when the French frigates L'Esperance and Recherche sheltered there. The view of the bay and its islands is excellent. It is located on Twilight Beach Rd (access is via Great Ocean Drive).

 

 

Wind Powered Electricity Generators
 

Westwind Windmills
And if you need a reminder of the power of the winds blowing off the Southern Ocean there, over the road from Salmon Beach, are the huge Westwind windmills or, to use the technical term 'Wind Powered Electricity Generators'.

Six modernistic windmills driven by huge 16-metre blades and whirring like strange mechanical creatures from outer space. It is worth remembering that their expected output is one million kilowatt hours per annum and that they don't start producing power until the wind reaches a speed of 45 km/h. That is an awful lot of strong winds.

A sign near the windmills proudly declares: 'Power from the wind. Australia's first wind farm. The supplier was Westwind Turbines of Australia. They are a fixed pitch blade stall regulated, horizontal axis and a two speed generator. The height of the towers is 22 metres and the rotors are 16 metres across. They move between 34 and 45 revs per minute. The machines were built by Westwind Turbines and are based on a modified version of a prototype which has been tested at South Fremantle since March 1984. The involvement of the South East Electricity Commission of Western Australia in wind power goes back to 1980 when it trialed three machines on Rottnest Island. A total of eight machines have been evaluated. Esperance was selected because it has both high average wind speeds and relatively high fuel costs. The turbines were connected to the grid on the 6th April 1987'.

Esperance is the second windiest place in Western Australia after Cape Leeuwin which lies exposed to the full force of both the Indian and Southern Oceans. Those wishing to see the wind farms can turn off Twilight Beach Rd onto Stewart St or visit the site further west near Ten Mile Lagoon (via Great Ocean Drive).

 

Yabby Farm
Located at the north-western end of town, near the southern edge of Lake Warden, is a yabby farm which is open from Tuesday to Saturday. Call (08) 9071 3675 to arrange a time to visit.

 

Lions Lookout
From Six Mile Hill there are fine views of Esperance and of the coast and its offshore islands. The lookout is located at the northern end of town, just beyond Warden Lake (via Norseman Rd).

 

Helms Arboretum
Located 18 km north of town, along Norseman Road, is a sizeable area of trees and flowering native shrubs, with a focus on pines collected from around the world. Guided walks are available in springtime.

 

Speddingup Farm Wildflower Sanctuary
Located 45 km north of Esperance this nature sanctuary highlights the fine wildflowers of the southern sandplain. Visitors can meander along the pathways at their own volition or take a guided tour. It is open from August 1 to November 1 with morning and afternoon teas available and can be found at the intersection of Norseman Rd and Speddingup East Rd, tel: (08) 9075 6053 or (0429) 990 176.

 

Peak Charles National Park
Over 100 km north of Esperance is Peak Charles National Park, which centres on two ancient granite peaks - Peak Charles and Peak Eleanora. They offer excellent views over the surrounding sandplains with theie heaths and salt lake systems. No fees are charged for camping but there are no facilities at the designated camping area (other than toilets) and no water.

 

Hellfire Gallery
To the east of town, on Tyrrell Rd, is the Hellfire Gallery, which is situated in an attractive garden setting with over a thousand lavender plants, which bloom from November to January, although lavender products are avalable all year round. There is also a cafe, tel: (08) 9075 9042.

 

Cape Le Grand National Park
50 km south-east of Esperance is the 31 390-ha Cape Le Grand National Park with its wildflowers (in bloom from September to November), rugged coastline, beautiful bays and beaches, rocky headlands and excellent coastal bushwalking tracks. Inland the park consists principally of sand plains covered by coastal heath environs and interspersed with the occasional swamp and freshwater pool. Mount Le Grand is the tallest of the park's several granite peaks, at 345 metres. The caves and tunnels in these structures are thought to have been caused by waves and other water erosion from a time when they were submerged. Potential park activities include walking, camping, boating, picnicking, sightseeing, nature study, swimming, photography and fishing.

The park supports a diversity of habitats and wildlife with banksia thickets predominating. The western grey kangaroo is quite common, especially at Lucky Bay where they are quite accustomed to the human presence. The park also has many reptiles and birds, as well as small mammals such as bandicoots and the pigmy honey possum.

Caravan and camping areas are available at Cape Le Grand Beach and Lucky Bay. The appraoch is via Fisheries Rd, Tyrells Rd, Merivale Rd then Cape Le Grand Rd. All are bitumen but all roads beyond them are gravel. Visitors should note that the beaches are treacherous for vehicles and many become bogged in innocent-looking wet or dry sands. Ask the ranger about tides and surface conditions. It is best not to attempt to launch a boat at Rossiter Bay. Cape Le Grand Beach is a better option and Lucky Bay is the best bet for launching.

There is no power at the campsites but there are solar-heated showers, septic toilets, tank water, picnic areas, shade shelters, information bays, walking track, tables and barbecues. However, firewood is scarce in the park so you should bring a portable gas stove. Camping fees apply.

A marked 15-km one-way trail traverses the coastline from Rossiter Bay to Cape Le Grand. It has been broken into four sections but can be traversed in 6-8 hours in its entirety. The shortest portion is that between Lucky Bay and Thistle Cove, which is an easy stroll, taking about half an hour to complete.

Another walk is that to the top of Frenchmans Peak (262 m above sea-level) which can be reached by foot in a two-hour, 3-km return trip from the car park. However, this is a deceptively steep, hard-going trek and it is not recommended at all in wet or windy conditions. The park also has a bird sanctuary which can be accessed via a 400-metre trail from the Rossiter Bay car park.

The park was named after Monsieur Le Grand, an officer of the L'Esperance, which visited these shores in 1792. Matthew Flinders arrived ten years later, naming Lucky Bay when taking shelter from a storm one day. In June 1841 explorer John Eyre was relieved to find, after crossing the Nullarbor, the ship the Mississippi, captained by a Mr Rossiter. It was anchored in what Eyre named Rossiter Bay while Mississippi Hill, at Lucky Bay, was named ater Rossiter's vessel.

Access to the park is via Cape Le Grand Rd which heads south off Merivale Rd. Regular tours to the park operate out of Esperance. For more information about the park ring the Esperance office of CALM on (08) 9071 3733 or call the on-site ranger on (08) 9075 9022.

 

Condigup
67 km east of town, along Fisheries Rd, is the small settlement of Condigup which features a tavern and general store. Due south is Duke of Orleans Bay.

 

Duke of Orleans Bay
Further east (85 km from Esperance) is Duke of Orleans Bay, which occupies a very beautiful part of the coastline. The Orleans Bay Caravan Park has full facilities, including petrol and a kiosk, tel: (08) 9075 0033. Access is via Orleans Bay Rd which heads south off Merivale Rd Nearby are Hammer Head and Whartons Beach.

 

Cape Arid National Park
125 km east of Esperance is Cape Arid National Park, covering 280,000 hectares. It offers even more remote sandy beaches, excellent costal scenery, the Thomas River and its estuary, granite outcrops and marshy clay flats, along with several rocky mounts which offer fine perspectives of the surrounding terrain. Park activities include bushwalking, camping, birdwatching, whalewatching, picnicking, photography, four-wheel-driving and fishing. Rock climbing is permitted with the ranger's permission, tel: (08) 9075 0055. The park is best visited in spring and autumn.

The flora consists chiefly of coastal heath systems, banksia woodland (which surrounds the Thomas River campground) and swamp yate woodland, with dense stands of mallee inland, as well as patches of paperbark and other semi-arid eucalypt woodland types. There are shrublands around rockier inland areas.

The fauna is correspondingly diverse and includes brush-tailed wallabies and honey possums, although the park is chiefly noted for its 160 or so bird species, including 16 honeyeater species (some are common at the Thomas River campground when the banksias are in flower), stints, sanderlings, pardalotes (in the yate woodlands), kites, currawongs, the scarlet robin, the ground parrot, the western spinebill, the pied butcherbird, the mulga parrot, the red-eared firetail (unique to Western Australia), lorikeets amid the mallee eucalypts in autumn, the silver gull, the crested tern, the pied oystercatcher (the latter three can be seen around the Thomas River estuary), and, in the heathlands, falcons, emu-wrens and bustards. Cape Arid is also home to the endangered western ground parrot and it is visited by rare species such as the Australasian bittern, Carnaby's black cockatoo and the hooded plover (at Yokinup Bay which extends eastwards from the estuary). The West Australian Cape Barren goose (estimated to number oly 650) breeds only in the Recherche Archipelago.

The park has a number of walking tracks: the Len Otte Nature Trail (1 hour) is self-guided, while the Tagon Coastal Trail, the Boolenup Trail and the Mt Ragged Trail are pegged. The Boolenup Trail entails an enjoyable meander through heath, banksia woodland, yate woodland and paperbark swamp, concluding at Boolenup Lake, populated by black swans, little black cormorants and musk ducks.

This is a large remote park and, although access to the main campground (Thomas River) is quite unproblematic, most other tracks in the park (including those which lead to the other campgrounds) are crude 4WD tracks and access along these roads is dependent on the weather. Most 4WD tracks are unsignposted. There is no power, visitors must bring their own drinking water into the park and remember that the nearest petrol supply is 55 km away at Condingup. There are no boat ramps and steep rocky slopes are slippery when wet. The campgrounds have pit toilets, picnic tables and gas barbecues.

The cape was named 'Cap Arride' in 1792 by Admiral D'Entrecasteaux of the vessel L'Esperance and it was anglicised in 1802 when Matthew Flinders inspected the area.

Access to Thomas River campground is via18 km of good quality, all-weather gravel roads, suitable to two-wheel drive vehicles. These access roads run off Fisheries Road which is sealed. For more information about the park ring the Esperance office of CALM on (08) 9071 3733.

 

Monjingup Lake Reserve
This reserve, centring on Monjingup Lake, is situated amid attractive bushland and offers walking trails, picnic and barbecue facilities, springtime wildflowers and birdwatching opportunities. It is located on Telegraph Rd which runs off the South Coast Highway to the north-west of town.

 

Telegraph Farm
Further along Telegraph Rd is Telegraph Farm which offers visitors a chance to view a working farm with such wildlife as red deer, kangaroos, emus and water buffalo. They have a protea plantation and a coffee shop and are open Thursday to Monday from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. with tours departing at 10.30 a.m., 1.30 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. Tours are also available from town. Evening meals are available on Saturdays and, by prior arrangement, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, tel: (08) 9071 1146.

 

Dalyup River Wines
The only winery in the region, Dalyup is located is a river valley on an historic farm property. Red and white wines are available for tasting and purchase on weekends and public holidays from October to Eastere from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. The winery is located on Murrays Rd, which heads south off the South Coast Highway about 35 km west of Esperance, tel: (08) 9076 5027 or email: dalyup@wn.com.au

 

Stokes Inlet National Park
Located about 80 km west of Esperance (access is off the South Coast Highway), Stokes encapsulates about 10,000 hectares of gorgeous coastal scenery, ocean fishing and fine beaches for swimming. The park was named by surveyor-general John Septimus Roe in 1848, ater his friend, John Lort Stokes. Land on either side of the inlet was taken up as a pastoral lease in 1863. A decade later the Moir family were granted land around the inlet where they ran sheep. They also built a limestone homestead; the walls of which are still standing today within the park grounds. The estuary itself is cut off from the sea by an extensive sand bar and is typically surrounded by dense bushland.

The park's vegetation consists principally of coastal heath, scrub and areas of dense low forests. Paperbarks typically fringe the shore, along with sedge and samphire. Aquatic plants, such as seagrass, stonewort and a type of alga, are to be found in the waters of the inlet. Owing to the sandbar the salinity levels vary considerably. The larvae of mussels, prawns, cockles and some crabs enter the waters when the bar opens, as it does occasionally, but they die as evaporation intensifies salinity levels. Some species of worms, bivalves, shrimps and snails, which have high tolerance of the changing salinity, are present at all times, and a species of snail can, at times, number in the millions. Fish species also vary depending on the inflow of sea water. The fauna also includes 29 waterbird species, including Australian shelduck, grey teal, little black cormorants, black swans, chestnut teal and migratory species such as the common sandpiper, the red-capped plover, Australasian grebes, Australian pelicans, little pied cormorants, white-faced herons, great egrets and pied oystercatchers. There are also kangaros and the occasional seal can be found along the coast.

Access is via a 6-km gravel road which departs from the South Coast Highway 2 km west of the Young River crossing. This track leads to camping areas on the western shore of the inlet. They have no power or water but there are pit toilets, walking trails, dinghy-launching sites, tables and gas barbecues. The eastern shore is only accessible by boat or a rough 4WD track which runs off Farrells Road. It leads to the Old Moir homestead and Fanny Cove. Like Fanny Cove, Skippy Rock and Shoal Cape offer attractive coastal scenery but can only be reached via 4WD.

Visits are best planned for the spring, summer and early autumn (September to April). Birdwatching, fishing, camping, walking and canoeing represent some of the park's potential. The nearest supplies are at Munglinup, 30 km to the west.

 

Recherche Archipelago/Woody Island
The Recherche Archipelago is a large collection of 110 offshore islands spread along the coast to the west (and mostly) to the east of Esperance. They feature a vast variety of wildlife and offer crusing,diving, sailing and snorkelling opportunities. Local cruise operators offer treks around this Bay of Isles, involving sightseeing of dolphins, seals and sea lions.

Such services include a stop-off at Woody Island, which is the only island of the archipelago open to visitors. Options include day trips, serviced-hut accommodation and camping with ablutions block, barbecues and a playground. The island has glass-bottom boats, disabled facilities, water slide, snorkel hire, an interpretive centre, a cafe and a kiosk and offers opportunities for bushwalking, swimming and fishing.

 

 

 

 

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Abercrombie Caves Aberdeen Adaminaby Adelong Albury Alstonville Appin Araluen Ardlethan Ariah Park Armidale Ashford Australian Businesses for sale  Avoca Beach Barham Ballina Balranald Bangalow  Baradine Barham  Barmedman  Barooga Barraba  Barrington Tops  Batemans Bay  Bathurst  Batlow  Bega Bell  Bellbrook  Bellingen  Belmont  Bemboka Bendemeer  Bermagui  Berridale  Berrigan  Berrima  Berry Bilpin Binalong  Bingara  Binnaway  Blaxland  Blayney Bodalla Boggabilla  Boggabri  Bombala  Boorowa  Bourke Bowenfels  Bowral  Bowraville  Boydtown Broadwalk Business Brokers  Braidwood Brewarrina  Broadwater  Broken Hill  Broulee  Brunswick Heads  Bulahdelah  Bulli Bundanoon Bungendore  Bungonia Burrawang  Burrinjuck  Byrock  Byron Bay  Campbelltown Canowindra  Capertee Carcoar Casino  Cassilis  Cattai  Central Tilba Cessnock  Clarence Town  Cobar  Cabargo Coffs Harbour Coleambally Collarenabri  Condobolin  Coolah  Coolamon Cooma  Coonabarabran  Coonamble Cooranbong  Cootamundra Coraki Corowa  Cowra  Crescent Head  Crookwell Culburra-Orient Point  Culcairn Dalgety  Darlington Point  Delegate Delungra  Deniliquin Denman  Dorrigo  Dubbo Dunedoo Dungog  Durras Ebenezer  Eden Emmaville   Emu Plains Enngonia  Eugowra  Euston  Evans Head  Faulconbridge  Fitzroy Falls  Finley  Fingal Head  Forster-Tuncurry  Forbes Frederickton  Girilambone  Guyra  Gunnedah  Gulargambone  Goulburn  Gosford  Glen Innes  Gulgong  Griffith Glenbrook  Gundy Gresford Grafton  Gilgandra  Gerroa  Greta  Gunning  Gloucester  Gundaroo  Goolgowi  Gerringong Grenfell  Gooloogong  Gundagai Harden Hargraves  Harrington  Hat Head  Hawks Nest  Hay  Hazelbrook  Henty Hill End  Hillgrove  Hillston  Hinton Holbrook  Howlong  Hungerford  Huskisson  Iluka  Inverell  Ivanhoe Jamberoo  Jenolan Caves Jerilderie  Jerrys Plains Jervis Bay  Jindabyne  Jindera Joadja  Jugiong  Junee Kameruka  Kandos Kangaroo Valley Karuah  Katoomba  Kempsey  Kendall  Khancoban  Kiama Kiandra  Kincumber Kingscliff  Koorawatha  Kurnell  Kurrajong Kurri Kurri Kyogle  Lake Bathurst  Lake Cargelligo Lake Macquarie Lake Mungo  Lapstone  Largs  Laurieton  Lawson  Leeton  Lennox Head  Leura  Lightning Ridge Linden  Lismore  Lithgow  Lockhart  Lord Howe Island  Louth  Lucknow  Maude  Macksville  Maclean  Maitland Majors Creek  Manilla  Manly  Marulan  Mathoura  Mendooran  Menindee  Merimbula  Merriwa  Medlow Bath Michelago  Millthorpe  Morpeth  Mudgee  Milparinka  Milton  Mittagong  Moama  Mogo  Mollymook  Molong  Moree Morisset  Moruya  Moss Vale  Moulamein  Mount Kosciuszko National Park  Mount Victoria  Mount Wilson Mullumbimby  Mungindi  Murringo  Murrumbateman  Murrurundi  Murwillumbah  Muswellbrook  Myall Lakes Nabiac Nambucca Heads Narooma  Narrabri Narrandera Narromine Nelligen Nelson Bay Nevertire Newcastle Newnes Nimbin   Nimmitabel Norah Head Nowra Nundle Nyngan The Oaks  Oberon Ophir Orange Pacific Palms Palm Beach Pambula Parkes   Paterson Patonga Peak Hill Pearl Beach Penrith Penrose Perisher Valley Picton Pitt Town Pokolbin Pooncarie Port Macquarie Port Stephens Portland Queanbeyan Quirindi Rankins Springs Raymond Terrace Richmond  Robertson  The Rock Rockley Royal National Park Rylstone Sawtell  Scone Seal Rocks   Shellharbour  Shoalhaven Heads Silverton Singleton Sofala South West Rocks  Springwood  St Albans St Georges Basin Stockinbingal Stockton Stroud  Stuart Town  Sussex Inlet Sutton Forest Swansea  Sydney Tabulam  Talbingo  Tamworth  Taralga  Tarcutta  Taree Tathra  Tea Gardens  Temora  Tenterfield  Terrigal  Thirlmere  Thirroul Thredbo Village  Tibooburra  Tingha  Tocumwal  Tooraweenah  Toronto  Toukley  Trangie  Trunkey Creek  Tumbarumba  Tumut  Tuross Head  Tweed Heads  Ulladulla  Ulmarra  Uralla  Urana  Urbenville  Urunga  Vacy  Wagga Wagga  Wakool  Walcha  Walgett  Walla Walla  Wallabadah  Wallerawang  Wangi Wangi Warialda  Warren Wauchope  Wee Jasper  Wee Waa  Wellington  Wentworth  Wentworth Falls  Werris Creek  West Wyalong  White Cliffs  Whitton  Wilberforce  Wilcannia  Windeyer  Windsor  Wingham  Wisemans Ferry  Wollombi  Wollongong  Wombeyan Caves  Woodburn  Woodenbong  Woodford  Woolgoolga  Wooli Woy Woy  Wyong  Yamba  Yarrangobilly  Yarrangobilly Caves  Yass  Yerranderie  Yetman  Young  Broadwalk Business Brokers  Businesses for sale  Caravan parks for sale  Motels for sale  Hotels for sale  Bed & Breakfasts for sale  Management rights  Farms for sale Brisbane Businesses for sale  Gold Coast Businesses for sale  Sydney Businesses for sale  Australian Businesses for sale Motels for sale  Hotels for sale  Caravan Parks for sale  Businesses for sale  Coffs Harbour Businesses for sale caravan parks for sale nsw  caravan parks for sale ACT motels for sale NSW motels for sale ACT hotels for sale NSW hotels for sale ACT

 

Qld Towns

Agnes Water   Airlie Beach    Allora   Alpha    Anakie    Aramac  Atherton  Ayr  Australina businesses for sale    Cabinda   Baraga  Breadline  Barbara Beau desert     Beware Island  Beenleigh  Biggenden   Biloela  Birdsville  Blackall   Blackwater  Blair Athol   Boonah  Boulia   Broadwalk Business Brokers  Brampton Island  Brooweena   Buderim   Bundaberg          Burleigh Heads  Brisbane   Caboolture   Cairns  Caravan parks for sale  Calliope   Caloundra   Camooweal   Cape Tribulation Capella   Cardwell   Cecil Plains   Charleville   Charters Towers  Childers Chillagoe  Chinchilla  Clermont Cleveland   Clifton  Cloncurry  Collinsville Condamine   Cooktown   Coolangatta   Cooroy Crows Nest   Croydon   Cunnamulla   Daintree  Dalby  Daydream Island   Doomadgee Double Island Duaringa  Dunk Island   Edmonton Eidsvold Emerald Emu Park   Esk   Eulo  Fitzroy Island  Fraser Island Gatton     Gayndah   Georgetown  Gin Gin  Gladstone    Glass House Mountains  Goondiwindi  Gordonvale Grandchester    Great Keppel Island   Green Island   Greenmount   Gympie  Hamilton Island   Hayman Island   Herberton   Heron Island   Hervey Bay   Hinchinbrook Island  Home Hill    Hotels for sale    Howard   Hughenden Ilfracombe     Ingham  Inglewood  Injune   Innisfail  Ipswich  Irvinebank  Isisford  Jandowae  Jericho Jimbour   Jondaryan Julia Creek   Kajabbi  Karumba Kenilworth  Kidston  Kilcoy  Kilkivan  Killarney  Kingaroy   Kuranda  Lady Elliot Island  Laidley  Landsborough  Laura  Leyburn  Lindeman Island   Lizard Island   Logan City  Long Island  Longreach  Mackay  Magnetic Island  Malanda Maleny  Marburg  Mareeba   Marlborough   Maroochydore   Mary Kathleen   Maryborough  McKinlay  Miles  Millaa Millaa Millmerran  Mirani  Mission Beach  Mitchell  Monto  Moonie  Moranbah  Moreton Island  Mossman   motels for sale  Mount Garnet   Mount Isa  Mount Molloy  Mount Morgan  Mount Perry  Mount Surprise  Moura Mourilyan  Mundubbera  Murgon Muttaburra  Nambour Nanango  Nerang  Noosa  Normanton   Oakey Orpheus Island   Palmer River   Pittsworth  Port Douglas  Proserpine  Proston   Quilpie   Rainbow Beach Ravenshoe   Ravenswood   Redcliffe  Richmond  Rockhampton  Roma  Rosewood  Sarina      Seventeen Seventy  Shute Harbour   South Long Island  South Molle Island  Southport  Springsure      St George   St Lawrence   Stanthorpe   Stradbroke Island   Surat  Surfers Paradise  Tambo    Tamborine Mountain   Taroom  Texas  Thargomindah  Theodore  Thursday Island   Tin Can Bay    Tinaroo  Toowoomba  Townsville  Tully  Undara  Wallangarra  Wandoan  Warwick  Weipa  Whitsunday Winton  Wondai   Yandina Yeppoon  Yuleba  Yungaburra  Broadwalk Business Brokers  Businesses for sale  Caravan parks for sale  Motels for sale  Hotels for sale  Bed & Breakfasts for sale  Management rights  Farms for sale Brisbane Businesses for sale  Gold Coast Businesses for sale  Sydney Businesses for sale  Australian Businesses for sale Motels for sale  Hotels for sale  Caravan Parks for sale  Businesses for sale  Coffs Harbour Businesses for sale caravan parks for sale Qld motels for sale Qld hotels for sale QLD

 

Victoria

Aireys Inlet  Alberton Alexandra Anakie  Anglesea Antwerp  Apollo Bay  Apsley Ararat Australian Businesses for sale Avenel  Avoca   Bacchus Marsh  Bairnsdale  Ballan  Ballarat  Balmoral Bannockburn   Barmah   Barwon Heads  Bass   Baxter  Bed and Breakfasts for sale Beaufort  Beech Forest Beechworth  Belgrave  Bells Beach  Benalla Bendigo Berwick  Beulah Beveridge Birchip  Blackwood  Bogong Boort  Box Hill Bright Broadford  Broadwalk Business Brokers  Bruthen  Buchan Buckland  Buninyong Businesses for sale Camperdown Cann River Cape Otway Caravan Parks for sale  Carisbrook Casterton Castlemaine  Charlton  Chewton  Chiltern  Churchill  Clunes  Cobden  Cobram Cohuna Colac  Coleraine  Corinella  Corryong  Cowes Craigieburn  Cranbourne Cressy  Creswick Croydon  Dandenong Dargo  Daylesford Derrinallum Dimboola Donald  Donnybrook Spa Dromana Drouin Drysdale Dunkeld  Dunolly Eaglehawk Echuca  Edenhope Eildon Eldorado Eltham Emerald Euroa Falls Creek Farms for sale  Ferntree Gully Flinders Foster Frankston French Island  Geelong Genoa Gisborne  Glenrowan Goroke Grantville Graytown  Great Western Guildford Halls Gap Hamilton Harcourt Harrietville  Harrow Hastings  Healesville Heathcote Heidelberg Hepburn Springs Heyfield  Heywood Hopetoun Horsham Hotels for sale  Inglewood Inverleigh Inverloch Inverloch Jamieson Jeparit  Kallista Kalorama  Kaniva Katamatite Keilor  Kerang Kilmore Kinglake Koondrook  Koo-wee-rup Korumburra Koroit  Kyabram Kyneton Lake Bolac Lake Condah Lakes Entrance Lake Tyers Lancefield Lavers Hill Leongatha Licola Lilydale Lismore Lorne Macarthur  Maffra Maldon Mallacoota Malmsbury  Mansfield Management Rights for sale  Marlo Maryborough Marysville Meeniyan Melbourne  Melton Melville Caves Meredith Metung Milawa Mildura Minyip  Mirboo North Mitta Mitta Moe-Yallourn Moliagul  Monbulk  Mornington Mortlake Morwell  Motels for sale  Mount Beauty Mount Buffalo Mount Buller  Mount Hotham  Mount Macedon Mount Baw Baw Moyston Murchison  Murrayville Murtoa  Myrtleford Nagambie Nathalia Natimuk  Nelson Newhaven Nhill  Noojee  Numurkah  Nyah West  Ocean Grove Olinda Omeo Orbost Ouyen Pakenham Patchewollock Paynesville Penshurst  Peterborough Phillip Island Point Lonsdale Pomonal Poowong Port Albert  Port Fairy Port Welshpool Portarlington Portland  Portsea  Powelltown  Princess Margaret Rose Caves Port Campbell  Puckapunyal  Pyramid Hill  Queenscliff  Rainbow  Red Cliffs Red Hill  Robinvale Romsey Rosebud  Rosedale Rupanyup Rushworth Rutherglen Sale  San Remo Sea Lake Serpentine  Serviceton Seymour  Shoreham Shepparton Sherbrooke  Skipton  Smeaton  Smythesdale  Somers Sorrento St Arnaud St Leonards Stanhope  Stawell Steiglitz Stratford Strathmerton Suggan Buggan Sunbury  Swan Hill Talbot Tallangatta Tarnagulla Tarraville  Tatura  Terang Timboon Tintaldra  Toora  Tooradin  Torquay Trafalgar Traralgon Trawool Trentham Tungamah  Turriff  Violet Town Wahgunyah  Walhalla Walkerville Wangaratta Warracknabeal  Warragul Warrandyte Warrnambool  Warburton Wedderburn  Werribee Whitfield Williamstown Wilsons Promontory  Winchelsea Wodonga  Wonthaggi  Woodend Wycheproof  Yackandandah Yambuk Yarra Glen Yarra Junction Yarragon Yarram Yarrawonga Yea Broadwalk Business Brokers  Businesses for sale  Caravan parks for sale  Motels for sale  Hotels for sale  Bed & Breakfasts for sale  Management rights  Farms for sale Brisbane Businesses for sale  Gold Coast Businesses for sale  Sydney Businesses for sale  Australian Businesses for sale Motels for sale  Hotels for sale  Caravan Parks for sale  Businesses for sale   Coffs Harbour Businesses for sale caravan parks for sale Vic Motels for sale VIC hotels for sale Vic

 

Tasmania

  Australian Businesses for sale Ansons  Bay Avoca  Beaconsfield Beauty Point  Bed and Breakfasts for sale Bicheno Boat Harbour  Bothwell Branxholm  Bridgewater Bridport  Brighton  Broadwalk Business Brokers  Bronte Park Bruny Island Buckland  Burnie  Businesses for sale Bushy Park Cambridge Campbell Town Caravan Parks for sale  Chudleigh Cleveland  Colebrook  Coles Bay Cradle Mountain Cressy  Cygnet    Deddington Deloraine  Derby Derwent Bridge Devonport  Dover Dunalley Eaglehawk Neck Evandale Exeter Falmouth  Farms for sale  Fingal  Flinders Island  Forth Franklin  Geeveston George Town Gladstone Gould's Country Hadspen  Hamilton  Hastings Hobart  Hotels for sale  Huonville Kempton  Kettering King Island Kingston Koonya  Latrobe  Launceston Lilydale  Longford  Luina Management Rights for sale  Maria Island  Marrawah Middleton Miena Mole Creek  Motels for sale  National Park New Norfolk  Nubeena  Oatlands Orford  Ouse  Penguin  Perth  Pioneer Poatina  Pontville  Port Arthur  Port Sorell  Queenstown  Railton  Renison Bell Richmond  Ringarooma Rokeby  Rosebery  Rosevears Ross  Saltwater River  Savage River Scamander  Scottsdale Sheffield  Sidmouth  Smithton Snug  Somerset Sorell  Southport  St Helens St Marys  Stanley  Strahan Strathgordon Swansea Taranna  Tarraleah  Tomahawk Triabunna Tunbridge  Ulverstone Waratah Weldborough Westbury Wilmot  Windemere Woodbridge Wynyard  Zeehan  Broadwalk Business Brokers  Businesses for sale  Caravan parks for sale  Motels for sale  Hotels for sale  Bed & Breakfasts for sale  Management rights  Farms for sale Brisbane Businesses for sale  Gold Coast Businesses for sale  Sydney Businesses for sale  Australian Businesses for sale Motels for sale  Hotels for sale  Caravan Parks for sale  Businesses for sale  Coffs Harbour Businesses for sale caravan parks for sale Tasmania motels for sale Tasmania hotels for sale Tasmania

South Australia

Adelaide Adelaide Hills Aldgate  Aldinga  Andamooka Angaston Ardrossan Arkaroola Auburn  Australian Businesses for sale  Balaklava  Barmera  Beachport  Bed and Breakfasts for sale Beltana Berri  Bethany  Birdwood  Blanchetown Blinman Booleroo Centre Bordertown  Bridgewater  Broadwalk Business Brokers   Bruce Burra  Businesses for sale Cape Jervis Carrieton Caravan Parks for sale  Clare Coober Pedy  Coonalpyn  Coonawarra Coorong Copley  CrafersCrystal Brook Curramulka  Echunga  Edithburgh Eudunda  Farms for sale  Gawler   Gladstone Glendambo  Goolwa  Greenock    Gumeracha Hahndorf  Hawker Hotels for sale  Innamincka  Jamestown  Kadina  Kangaroo Island Kapunda Karoonda Keith Kingston-on-Murray Kingston South East Lameroo  Laura  Leigh Creek  Lobethal  Loxton  Lyndhurst Lyndoch Maitland  Mallala  Mambray Creek  Management Rights for sale  Mannum  Marion Bay  Marla Marree McLaren Vale Melrose  Meningie Milang  Millicent  Minlaton Mintaro  Moonta Morgan Mount Barker  Mount Gambier  Motels for sale  Mount Pleasant    Murray Bridge  Mylor Naracoorte  Nuriootpa   Oodnadatta  Orroroo Padthaway  Parachilna Paringa Penola  Penwortham Peterborough  Pinnaroo Port Augusta Port Broughton Port Clinton Port Elliot  Port Germein Port MacDonnell Port Noarlunga Port Pirie Port Victoria Port Vincent Port Wakefield Quorn Renmark Reynella  Riverton  Robe  Roseworthy Roxby Downs Salisbury Seppeltsfield Sevenhill Snowtown  Spalding Springton  Stansbury  Stirling Strathalbyn Summertown Swan Reach Tailem Bend Tanunda  Tarlee Terowie Tintinara Truro  Victor Harbor  Waikerie  Wallaroo  Warooka Watervale  Wellington  Williamstown  Willunga Wilmington Wilpena Pound  Woomera Yankalilla   Yorketown Motels for sale, Hotels for sale Caravan Parks for sale Australian Businesses for sale Broadwalk Business Brokers  Businesses for sale  Caravan parks for sale  Motels for sale  Hotels for sale  Bed & Breakfasts for sale  Management rights  Farms for sale Brisbane Businesses for sale  Gold Coast Businesses for sale  Sydney Businesses for sale  Australian Businesses for sale Motels for sale  Hotels for sale  Caravan Parks for sale  Businesses for sale  Coffs Harbour Businesses for sale

 

Northern Territory

Adelaide River Alice Springs Arltunga Arnhem Land Barrow Creek Batchelor Bathurst Island  Borroloola Daly River Daly Waters Darwin Dunmarra Erldunda  Escape Cliffs  Glen Helen   Gove Peninsula Groote Eylandt Hermannsburg Humpty Doo Kakadu National Park Katherine Kings Canyon Larrimah  Mataranka Melville Island Newcastle Waters Pine Creek  Port Essington Raffles Bay  Renner Springs  Roper Bar Ross River  Tanami Tennant Creek  Ti Tree Timber Creek  Uluru Victoria River  Wauchope Wollogorang

 

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