Camera IconBeach on Twilight Beach Road. Esperance, Western Australia. Credit: Stephen Scourfield/The West Australian
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Esperance and the Fitzgerald coast feels like another world — an “island”, way out east, sort-of between us and the South Australian border.
Adrift between our suburban metro lives, the Southern Ocean perambulating the planet to the south and the agriculture and woodlands to its north.
It is its own little world — and a rare little world.
The town of Esperance has a “go it alone” feel. It has a strong colour palette — deep ocean the colour of lapis lazuli; shallows of opalesque turquoise. Blindingly white sand.
The Fitzgerald coast is a true rarity — a botanical hotspot, an oasis, an ocean lookout.
And the towns around — Ravensthorpe, Hopetoun, Jerdacuttup, Munglinup (with its caravan park), Coomalbidjup, Dalyup — have strong local character full of, well, strong local characters.
The most direct routes from the Perth metro area to Esperance are about 700km. Basically — prepare the night before, leave early (“before the traffic”), enjoy some breaks and get there mid to late afternoon…