Take to the skies and see the best of Esperance from the air on an unforgettable scenic flight.
Traditionally named Kepa Kurl by the local Indeigenous people, the Nyungar and Ngadju people, this stunning piece of Western Australia is home to some of the most spectacular wildflower displays in the world, which bloom into a blaze of brilliant colours from June to November. In summer, the beaches sing out an irresistible call to dive into their turquoise waters and explore the variety of sea life below. But regardless of when you visit, the best way to soak it all up is with a scenic flight in Esperance.
Scenic flight to Cape Le Grand – 45 mins
This is an experience worth splashing out on. Ascending high above the Esperance coastline, you’ll discover Cape Le Grand National Park in all its glory. Circle around Lucky Bay, Hellfire Bay and Frenchman Peak. If you’re visiting during whale migration season, you’ll be able to spot the gentle giants from above.
This 45-minute scenic flight departs from Esperance Airport and begins by zooming over the township and continues on, following the brilliant white sand beaches and turquoise waters along the rugged coastline.
Scenic flight to Twilight Bay – 20 mins
Short but sweet, this 20-minute scenic flight in Esperance gives you a taste of the sheer beauty of Esperance from above. Departing from Esperance Airport, your pilot will gently glide around the township and port of Esperance before heading towards the gently rounded granite cliffs of Twilight Bay. You’ll also discover the wide expanse of wind farms in the area and the natural gems of Wylie Bay. Keep an eye out for Lake Spencer, and on the descent, witness the ant-like people wandering out along the jetty in Esperance’s port.
Scenic flight to Lake Hillier – 90 mins
A real treat for travellers, this 90-minute scenic flight covers a whopping 300 kilometres of Western Australia’s gorgeous coastline. With informative commentary throughout the flight, you’ll witness a spellbinding colour palette as you glide over Cape Le Grand National Park, the dazzling pink Lake Hillier, white sandy beaches and jagged cliffs. You’ll discover water so clear that you can see the distinct reefs and sandbars from above.
Seeing Lake Hillier from above is truly remarkable – located on Middle Island out near the Recherche Archipelago, the vividly coloured lake gets its hue from the presence of Dunaliella Salina – a type of green micro-algae found in salt fields.
Once you’ve done your scenic flight in Esperance (and collected a zillion photos as proof), you’ll still have plenty to tick off your must-do list.
Enjoy a picnic at Hellfire Bay, tucked in between two rocky headlands. This calm, secluded bay is perfect for a beach picnic and a dip on a hot day. The bay is thought to have been named after St Elmo’s fire – a bluish flame-like electrical discharge that sometimes occurs above a ship’s mast. Here, you’ll find picnic tables, BBQs and large shelters, but the best spot is right on the sand.
Take a hike through Cape Le Grand National Park and make your way to Mandooboornup (Frenchman Peak). The summit walk up the eastern slope takes between 1–3 hours to complete, depending on fitness levels. It’s a relatively challenging 3-kilometre return trip that begins in the carpark at the foot of the Peak. Frenchman Peak was named by colonist John Forrest after his brother because its shape was said to resemble a man wearing a Frenchman’s cap, although the true Indigenous name of the peak is Mandooboornup.
Go snorkelling at Lucky Bay and discover the vibrant sea life teeming below the water’s surface. This sheltered bay is perfect for swimming, snorkelling, diving and fishing – lots of people also kayak and SUP here too. When the swell is up, there’s a nice shore break for novice surfers. There’s a great little coffee van to get your morning brew and you’ll be greeted by a handful of friendly kangaroos who hop along the beach throughout the day. The nearby campsite is perfect for those who want to be fully immersed in the natural beauty of this remote and rugged area.
Where to stay in Esperance
When it comes to finding well-located, comfortable and affordable accommodation in Esperance, Comfort Inn Bay of Isles is a no-brainer. Part of the globally-renowned Choice Hotels™ range, this cozy abode enjoys stunning views out towards the Recherche Archipelago (Bay of Isles) and sits within walking distance to arguably some of the most pristine beaches in the world. Twilight Bay is just a short, scenic drive away along the Great Ocean Drive.
The relaxing, modern hotel is ideal for business or leisure travellers, with a versatile selection of rooms and layouts to suit individuals, couples, groups or families. Some rooms have spas, and others have kitchenettes. Relax by the outdoor pool, have a drink or dinner at Eljay’s Restaurant, or visit the museum, conveniently located next door. With its central location within walking distance of town, and just opposite the beach, the Comfort Inn Bay of Isles is the ideal accommodation in Esperance.
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