Espérance is French for hope and that’s what French explorers had when they sought sheltered there from a storm back in the 18th century, they survived and they even gave Esperance its town’s named after their boat. Esperance is a long way from everything about 730 km from Perth, Western Australia capital city. The town developed from the gold boom back in the 19th century and is now a popular spot for surfing, swimming, fishing, camping, hiking and nature lovers.
The beaches around Esperance are among the nicest we have seen, beautiful white sand, clear blue waters. Twilight beach was our favourite with its rock formation, West beach for hard core surfers overlooked by Eagleview and Lucky bay with its white sand beach, the whitest in Australia apparently!
Another thing to do as well is the Ocean drive, a beautiful scenic drive with panoramic views and coastal sceneries.
Beaches and Walks to check out:
– Watego’s Beach
– Little Watego’s Beach
– Lighthouse walk from Wategos
– The Pass Beach
– Rainforest boardwalk behind The Byron At Byron
– Tea Tree Lake
Where to eat
The Roadhouse for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The food is incredible here!
Topshop for a great burger and fresh juice.
Town Cafe Restaurant in nearby Bangalow for an amazing degustation menu.
Harvest Cafe in Newrybar about 15 minutes drive from Byron Bay – a lot of the vegetables are grown in their own garden.
Milk and Honey in Mullimbimby for fantastic pizza
Where to shop
Spell Designs for gorgeous boho playsuits, skirts, dresses and jewellery.
Island Luxe Tribe for jeans, leather jackets & pants and gorgeous knits plus home furnishings.
Hope & May for raw and bohemian inspired fashion and interiors.
Cape Byron is Australia’s easternmost point of the mainland of Australia. Cape Byron is located about 166 kms South of Brisbane and is located in New South Wales (NSW). The Cape Byron lighthouse was built in 1901 and can be reached by car, cycling or walking. There are many walking tracks from Byron Bay via Wategos beach to the lighthouse. It is one of our favourite coastal walks, trekking through rainforest, picturesque beaches and you can often watch dolphins jumping the waves in Clarkes beach. At the top, you can also overlook the 6.5 km long Tallow beach, a great surf beach but with many rips, so make sure to swim between the flags there.