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Esperance is a very vibrant community located 700km by road, south east of Perth, in the Great Australian Bight and in the Recherche Archipelago. The Shire covers an area of 42,450km2 with a growing population of about 15,000. The main industries are farming, fishing and tourism.

Current amenities include 3 state primary schools, 2 private primary schools, a senior high school, community college, campus of Curtin University & TAFE. There is a public hospital, about 12 doctors, 3 dentists, a nursing home of very high repute, nursing hostel, 3 cinemas, numerous restaurants, 3 hotels, a tavern, modern shopping centre, leisure centre with heated pool, numerous sports facilities and untold absolutely magnificent beaches.

White sand, turquoise water and blue skies with 105 islands dotted throughout the archipelago, make for picture postcard perfection. The population expands every year, when tourists arrive in droves and many choose to make their home among the pristine beauty of the area. Fishing, diving, surfing, swimming and boating are among the many marine pastimes favoured by locals and visitors alike, with the wreck of the Sanko Harvest a special diving feature.

The islands of the archipelago are uninhabited, but a low-key tourist development has been established on Woody Island, where visitors to the island can stay short term only. An unexpected delight for many is the local coral.

Esperance has always been a holiday favourite with the people of the Western Australian Goldfields, but in recent years has entered the list of favoured tourism spots, mainly because of its natural beauty. Locals are jealous of the pristine condition of its beaches and fight for conservation values to be upheld.


Click here to view the Esperance Tourist Bureau website


Click here to view the Shire of Esperance website


Click here to view the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission website


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