Western Australia

Breathe deep and smell that salt air. Blessed with endless beaches and an island-studded bay, Esperance is the perfect playground for water babies, no matter what your energy level. If you feel like taking it easy, simply stretch out on your pick of the beaches: we like Lucky Bay, where the kangaroos come to say hello. Alternatively, you might tackle the local canoe trail, or head out to explore one of islands of the Recherche Archipelago, just 15 km off the coast. (There are more than 100 islands to choose from!)

Looking for a different way to move your body? The area’s national parks offer plenty of trails to suit every level of fitness, from the challenging Mount Arid Walk in Mount Arid National Park to the family-friendly Stokes Heritage Trail in Stokes National Park, where wildlife spotting abounds. If you’d rather stay close to town, The Great Ocean Pathway can’t be beaten for knock-your-socks-off views.

Still want more options? Swap two feet for two wheels on the Esperance Mountain Bike Trail, or meet the area’s best growers and feast on farm-fresh produce at the Esperance Growers’ Market.

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