The Best Beaches in Esperance

Esperance is a small, laid-back coastal town in the south of Western Australia. It´s known for its many incredible beaches with white sands and crystal clear turquoise waters. We spent 4 days in Esperance to explore all the beautiful beaches in this area from Cape Le Grand National Park to Duke of Orleans Bay to the Great Ocean Drive. In this blog post, I will share a list of my favorite beaches in Esperance that you don´t want to miss.

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– Lucky Bay
– Thistle Cove
– Hellfire Bay
– Le Grand Beach
– Wharton Beach
– Little Wharton Beach
– West Beach
– Blue Haven
– Fourth Beach
– Twilight Beach
– Observatory Beach
– 11 Mile Lagoon & Beach
– Wylie Bay

The Best Beaches in Esperance in Detail:

~ Cape Le Grand National Park ~

Cape Le Grand National Park is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful National Parks that Western Australia has to offer. Here you can find not only amazing beaches but also panoramic views of the coast, wild western grey kangaroos and a fantastic short hike up to the summit of Frenchman Peak. This place is what dreams are made of. We visited Cape Le Grand National Park twice because I really fell in love with this area.

Tip: You have to pay an entry fee to visit Cape Le Grand National Park. If you visit a couple of National Parks on your Western Australia trip, it´s worth buying a ‘Holiday Pass’ to save money.

Let´s start with the best beaches in Cape Le Grand National Park:

 Lucky Bay

Lucky Bay is one of the most iconic and famous beaches in Australia. For me, it´s hands down one of my favorite beaches not only in Western Australia but worldwide. I mean, where in the world can you meet wild kangaroos at the beach!? It was such a unique experience to share the beach with them. But not only the adorable ´roos make this beach special, Lucky Bay is also known to have the whitest sand in Australia. It´s a truly beautiful spot that you should add to your bucket list immediately!

Thistle Cove

Thistle Cove is another beautiful beach in Cape Le Grand National Park. It has perfectly white sand and turquoise water just like Lucky Bay but is much less crowded. You might even be lucky and have the whole beach all to yourself. The beach is sheltered by big granite rock boulders which add to the picturesque look of Thistle Cove. It´s a dream for any beach lover. In addition to the beach, it´s worth visiting the ‘Whistling Rock’ which captures the distinct noises of the wind and, thus, seems to be whistling.

Hellfire Bay

The beauty of Hellfire Bay is undoubtedly equal to Thistle Cove and Lucky Bay. This stunning beach in Cape Le Grand National Park is also blessed with crystal clear azure water and endless white sand. You can either relax at the sandy beach or on the large rocks right by the water. For me, Hellfire Bay ranks really high among my favorite beaches in Esperance. You should definitely go there!

Le Grand Beach

Le Grand Beach is certainly one of the longest beaches in the area. It´s the last beach that we´ve visited in Cape Le Grand National Park, so we didn´t spend as much time here as at the other beaches. The sand and the water were beautiful too but the scenery wasn´t as impressive compared to Thistle Cove, Hellfire Bay and Lucky Bay. So if you´d like to skip a beach in Cape Le Grand National Park due to time reasons, I´d recommend skipping this one.

~ Duke of Orleans Bay ~

The Duke of Orleans Bay, also known as ‘The Duke’, is located a bit further away from Esperance. The Duke is a picturesque coastal area with breathtaking beaches that are perfect for swimming, surfing and relaxing. The beaches here are free and not as crowded as famous Lucky Bay. I had the feeling that most of the visitors here were locals. We had a really great time at the beaches along the Duke. I can highly recommend visiting this incredible area.

Here are the most beautiful beaches in the Duke of Orleans Bay:

Wharton Beach

Wharton Beach certainly belongs to my top 3 when it comes to the best and most beautiful beaches in Esperance. This beach is probably the most popular beach within The Duke. We spent almost a whole day at Wharton Beach. I really loved the (rather) calm and clear blue water and the soft white sand at this beach. Wharton Beach is the perfect spot for an amazing beach day with a relaxed vibe. Believe me when I say, that you don´t want to miss this place! You can thank me later. 😉

Little Wharton Beach

Little Wharton Beach is located right next to Wharton Beach. This beach is a lot smaller but the chances are good that you will have this beach all to yourself. This beach offers a picturesque view of the small bay complemented by reddish rocks and a view of Lorraine Island which is located right in front of Little Wharton Beach. It´s a great spot for a short picnic stop without the crowds.

~ Great Ocean Drive ~

The Great Ocean Drive is a 40 km circular loop just a couple of minutes from Esperance. On this drive you will experience the most breathtaking coastal scenery including fantastic lookouts, spectacular views of the many incredible bays and the most beautiful pristine beaches with crystal clear turquoise waters and unbelievably white sands. Here are the best beaches along the Great Ocean Drive:

 West Beach

West Beach is the first beach on the Great Ocean Drive when coming from Esperance town. It´s a popular surfing spot. I really liked the impressive view of the bay and the rock formations. The scenery is simply picture perfect. The sand at this beach is very fine and the water is incredibly blue. West Beach is also a great place for taking a walk at the beach or watching the sunset. We came here twice to watch the sunset because it´s so close to town.

Blue Haven

Blue Haven is a true gem. The beach is located down a steep, winding staircase and nestled between many rocks which give Blue Haven a wild and untouched character. The beach is popular among locals and the perfect spot for a relaxed day with lots of sunbathing and refreshing dips in the water. Blue Haven belongs to my favorite beaches along the Great Ocean Drive.

Fourth Beach

Fourth Beach is an endless beach that stretches for miles and miles. This beach is known for any kind of water sports like surfing, body-boarding or paddle-boarding. The coastline at Fourth Beach is stunning and invites for a long walk along the beach. It´s definitely worth stopping here when driving the Great Ocean Drive loop even if you´re not into water-related activities.

Twilight Beach

Twilight Beach is a popular, sheltered swimming beach that is known for the large rock formations sitting in the water right in front of the beach. This beach can get pretty busy due to its popularity among families and the proximity to town. Thus, Twilight Beach is not as peaceful as other beaches in Esperance but it´s still worth a visit. The shallow azure waters are perfect for floating in the waves and the soft white sand is ideal for lying around.

Observatory Beach

Observatory Beach is a great place to enjoy a long beach stroll with almost no-one around. I really liked the rugged, unspoiled character of this large beach. The wind and the rough waters make this beach perfect for wind and kite surfers. So if that´s your thing, you should definitely come here. Moreover, the Observatory Point & Lookout next to the beach are a great spot to enjoy the scenic, wild views.

11 Mile Lagoon & Beach

11 Mile Lagoon and 11 Mile Beach are the last beaches on the Great Ocean Drive loop before driving inland. Sheltered from the wind, the conditions here are great for swimming and relaxing. I really loved the beautiful lagoon with its unbelievable crystal clear water. I wish we could have spent more time here (it was our last stop of the day). We will definitely come here again on our next Esperance visit.

~ Bonus Tip ~

Wylie Bay

Wylie Bay is my secret tip for you. It´s a truly unique beach that can be reached via big sand dunes. What makes this secluded beach so special is the natural sandbar created by the rocks in front of the beach. It looks like you have a beach on each side. This place is a photographer’s dream! We came here twice and only met a few other people at this beach. The only minus is the predominant wind that was really strong when we were there.

I hope you found some amazing beaches to visit on your next Esperance trip in this blog post. Esperance was very high on my bucket list for such a long time and I´m so happy that we could finally visit this stunning place at the beginning of this year. For me, Esperance is what dreams are made of! I really cannot wait to come back here one day.

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  1. June 20, 2020 / 11:40 am

    Your images are stunning! I can’t even choose, I’d love to see all of those beaches! Definitely saving this for my trip to Australia, thanks for sharing!

    • Madeleine
      June 20, 2020 / 11:49 am

      Thanks Juliet! I´m so happy you liked this article. 🙂

  2. Suvarna Arora
    June 20, 2020 / 12:31 pm

    Aah, you make me wanna visit here so badly. I hope we can have good weather for 5 days so that I can go down south.

    • Madeleine
      June 20, 2020 / 1:54 pm

      I hope you can visit soon! I´m sending some sunshine over to WA! 🙂

  3. Léa
    June 20, 2020 / 1:07 pm

    Oh wow your pictures are all so dreamy! I hope to go there in the years to come so much, thank you for all the spots! By the way this Bonus tip got me <3

    • Madeleine
      June 20, 2020 / 2:09 pm

      Thanks Léa! I´m happy that you liked the bonus tip. 🙂

  4. June 20, 2020 / 1:12 pm

    I’m not usually a beach person, but a chance to meet wild kangaroos! I’m in !

    • Madeleine
      June 20, 2020 / 2:16 pm

      It´s such a unique experience to meet these furry friends at the beach!

  5. World of Lina
    June 20, 2020 / 1:16 pm

    Omg every single beach looks like paradise! Wanna chill at all of them 😍

    • Madeleine
      June 20, 2020 / 2:21 pm

      Esperance is a dream for any beach lover! <3

  6. June 20, 2020 / 1:46 pm

    I lived in Perth for a hot minute, and have been to Margaret River and Augusta, but never Esperance and I’m totally kicking myself because the beaches are so gorgeous!

    • Madeleine
      June 20, 2020 / 1:56 pm

      A good reason to go back! 😉

  7. June 20, 2020 / 5:34 pm

    All those beaches are so dreamy! Hard to choose one, I guess it’s better to see them all! Ok my first choice would be the one with the kangaroos <3 !

  8. Jiayi Wang
    June 20, 2020 / 9:44 pm

    These photos are so gorgeous!! Love how crystal clear the water looks. I especially want to go to Thistle Cove! 🙂

  9. Yasemin
    July 20, 2020 / 11:40 am


    so ein toller Blog alles sofort auf dem Punkt gebracht.

    Woher hast du die tolle Sonnenbrille her, die ist so schön

    • Madeleine
      July 20, 2020 / 12:31 pm

      Hi Yasemin, vielen lieben Dank! Es freut mich sehr, dass dir der Blog Post gefällt. 🙂 Die Sonnenbrille ist eine Sonderanfertigung (inklusive Sehstärke), die gibt es so (in der Kombination von Gestell/Gläser) nirgendwo zu kaufen.

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