Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
Trip End Oct 31, 2013

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Esperance Bay Holiday Park
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Tuesday, January 4, 2011


JOURNEY: Cape Arid, Orleans Bay, Esperance- 176 kms

WEATHER: 25 DEGREES at 6.15am


ACCOMODATION: Esperance Bay Holiday Park $30pn

We made an early start from another new favourite place -Cape Arid and tackled the 15 km corrugated gravel road on the way to Esperance- it never seems so bad on the return journey, especially early morning!!!

Kath wanted to visit Condingup and Orleans Bay because so many people had mentioned these places while we were at Lucky Bay and in fact The Duke Caravan Park at Orleans Bay was a powered, supplied alternative to Lucky Bay. Well the extra 80 km trip did not reveal a special place (we are spoilt) but we did have breakfast watching boats launched into the bay. And it was a pretty bay.

We arrived in Esperance and decided only then to spend the night so we found the last site in our previous caravan park, even though the FULL sign was erected outside; it is peak holiday season. We went to the beach, did the grocery shopping and went to the movies, and this was a special treat -too bad about the movie!!!!!

Esperance is named after the French ship that found shelter here during a storm in 1792; the first white settlers were sealers and whalers in the 19th century. Today agriculture, tourism and fishing are the main industries with the port a major contributor to the economy. The town has no high rise buildings and has a friendly, slightly old fashion atmosphere. Population 13,000.

As we had visited the town several times before sight seeing was minimal and so we had a TV and internet night with a pizza from a nearby restaurant.

The following morning we did our 6km walk to the jetty and back and enjoyed the antics of the local sea lion.

The not to be missed 36km Great Ocean Drive Loop did not disappoint! Picture perfect beaches, white sand and that amazing crystal clear water and it was a sunny day so colours were at their best.


We left the Great Ocean Road and headed for Stokes Inlet National Park, 90kms west.

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