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Cruises to Esperance

Esperance (Photo:Tomas Sykora/Shutterstock)
Esperance (Photo:Tomas Sykora/Shutterstock)

About Esperance

Esperance is a long way from anywhere. It's a dot on the far south-eastern coastline of Western Australia, a state that itself is remote enough. It also has one of Australia's most stunning landscapes.

Esperance Bay was named by Frenchman Antione Raymond Joseph de Bruni d'Entrecasteaux while sheltering from a storm in 1792. He named it after his ship, Esperance, meaning 'hope'.

The town was gazetted in 1893. In the early days, the bays of Esperance were thronged with whalers, sealers and pirates. Then came pastoralists with huge land leases, and miners seeking treasure from the goldfields around Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie to the north.

Today's town, with a population of about 10,000, welcomes visitors lured by the pristine salt-white beaches that lead into gemstone-blue waters. Whether you come with a swimsuit or an SLR camera, Esperance delivers jaw-dropping scenery and ultimate seclusion.

Other highlights include whale spotting and wildflowers in season, island tours, diving, fishing, and several national parks ideal for hiking. The local museum has pieces of the US space station, Skylab, which crashed nearby in 1979, making the small town world-famous for a short while. Plus, the town even has its very own Stonehenge.

The mild Mediterranean-style climate is another bonus for Esperance.

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DAY 1: Perth

18 Night
Cruise to Esperance

Leaving:
Perth
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Esperance, Adelaide ...
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Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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DAY 1: Perth

16 Night
Cruise to Esperance

Leaving:
Perth
Visiting:
Albany, Esperance ...
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Cruise Line:
Azamara
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DAY 1: Bali

19 Night
Cruise to Esperance

Leaving:
Bali
Visiting:
Broome, Exmouth ...
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Cruise Line:
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
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DAY 1: Perth

14 Night
Cruise to Esperance

Leaving:
Perth
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Busselton, Albany ...
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Cruise Line:
Azamara
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5 Night
Cruise to Esperance

Leaving:
Perth
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Esperance, Albany ...
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Cruise Line:
Cruise & Maritime Voyages
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Why go to Esperance?

Pros:

Stunningly beautiful, unspoiled beaches make for a peaceful day and excellent photo opportunities

Cons:

This is an outdoor port experience with little to do indoors

Bottom Line:

A large number of sights and activities, despite its off-the-beaten-path location

Esperance Cruise Port Facilities?

The Port of Esperance is a busy cargo port servicing the inland areas to the west and north. Iron ore, nickel, grain and other heavy materials are shipped from here, and there can be space issues, in which case your ship will anchor and tender ashore. Free shuttle buses take you to the town centre.

As this is a busy cargo port, there is a shuttle bus into the town where you'll find the tourist office, shops and cafes, ATMs and banks, car hire and other facilities. The Esperance Visitor Centre is located within the Museum Village.

Getting Around?

On Foot: Most places in Esperance are within walking distance.

By Bus: There is a free shuttle bus into the town from the port or tender jetty.

By Car: Avis car hire (manual vehicles to 4WDs) is available on the Esplanade.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

ATMs and currency exchanges may be found throughout the town at banks and also in shopping centres as well as many hotels. For current currency conversion figures visit or www.xe.com. US dollars are not accepted, but credit cards are generally welcome.

Language?

English is spoken in Esperance.


Esperance Cruise Reviews

lindyloo59
Sail Date: Dec 2018
Esperance Town was not that exciting but Esperance is famous for its amazing white sand beaches where the Kangaroos bathe in the sea at Lucky bay. we will return to explore this beautiful part of WA in a 4wd and... Read More
Vasco da Gama (Cruise & Maritime Voyages)
wasatreas
Sail Date: Jan 2020
Typical WA summer holiday town... Read More
Celebrity Solstice
Graham98
Sail Date: Feb 2019
Just walked around this little town... Read More
Radiance of the Seas
janlodge03
Sail Date: Feb 2017
Not a great deal to see in Esperance and we had been before. Because the weather wasnt warm it put people off doing the wonderful scenic beaches excursion which is what Esperance is known for. The town brought I... Read More
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