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Places To Go in Esperance To Bremer Bay
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Cape Arid National Park, 120km east of Esperance, protects nearly 280 000 ha of sand plains and heathlands vegetation communities, but is perhaps best known for its stunningly beautiful beaches, clear blue seas and rocky headlands.
- Facilities:Walking Trails
- Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves
Low granite hills extend inland, and in the northern part of the park the Russell Range rises to its highest peak at Mt Ragged (594 m). Together with the Nuytsland Nature Reserve to the east, Cape Arid National Park forms a continuous area of nature conservation almost to the South Australian border.
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Cape Le Grand National Park, 60 km east of Esperance by sealed road, features attractive bays with white sandy beaches set between rocky headlands.
- Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves
Inland, the Park protects an undulating heath-covered sand plain interspersed with swamps and freshwater pools. In the south-west corner of the Park massive rock outcrops of granite and gneiss form an impressive chain of peaks including Mt Le Grand (345 m, Frenchman Peak (262 m) and Mississippi Hill (180 m).
Lake Hillier delights your eye with its pink colour.
- Natural Attractions:Rivers & Lakes,Unique Wonders
We learn from geography classes that water bodies are marked with blue on the map. But nature likes to mess with us and creates oddities just like Lake Hillier in Western Australia.
With its mere 600 meters in length, Lake Hillier is not one that will impress you by its size. Nor will it impress you by its diverse fishes that inhabit it.
Moreover, it lies just next to the Pacific Ocean, thus if you watch it from above, the contrast between the mellow pink of the lake and the blue of the ocean is striking.
The reason of its unique colour is still a topic that is not fully understood by scientists, although most suspect it has to do with the presence of the Dunaliella salina microalgae. The Dunaliella produces carotenoids, a pigment found in carrots as well. But the presence of halophilic bacteria in the salt crusts could be another explanation. A reaction between the salt and the sodium bicarbonate that is found in the water may cause it as well.
The Hillier Lake was first discovered in 1802 by navigator and cartographer Matthew Flinders who took samples from the lake and mentioned its existence in his journal.
The lake is located on Middle Island, off the coast of Western Australia. As noted above, the Hillier Lake is quite small, its length is 600 meters and its width is no more than 250 meters. It is surrounded by eucalyptus and paperback trees and the ocean on its northern part.
Its pink color is less accentuated when viewed from the surface but it is very prominent from above. However, unlike other pink lakes around the world, its water is still distinctively pink even when it is in a glass.
For a few years they used to extract salt from the lake but nowadays it is only used for tourism purposes. The water of the lake is otherwise clear and it causes no harm to the human skin and the Dunaliella salina alga is completely harmless as well. In fact, swimming in the lake’s water is safe and fun but impossible to do for normal tourists as the lake can’t be visited.
Lake Hillier Facts
• Lake Hillier is not the only pink lake in the world, for that matter, it is not even the only pink lake in Australia.
• Geographic coordinates: 34°5′45″S 123°12′10″E
• For a period of six years, in the early 20th century, salt was mined from the lake, but it is not anymore.
The white beach and turquoise waters of this wide, sheltered bay are a must-see and a great place to enjoy water-based activities.
- Facilities:BBQ,Camping Allowed,Toilets
- Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays
While exploring the south coast of Australia in 1802, Matthew Flinders sailed a dangerous route through the Recherche Archipelago. He named Lucky Bay when his vessel HMS Investigator took shelter here from a summer storm. The botanist Robert Brown went ashore and explored a diverse and largely unknown flora, discovering and naming many new species.
Enjoy a walk along the beach to a lookout where a plaque celebrates this historic event.
Boating and beach driving
The sheltered bay is ideal for swimming, snorkelling, fishing, surfing and launching small boats.
Be aware that these beaches are notoriously treacherous for vehicles and it is easy to become bogged in the most innocent looking wet or dry sand. Ask the ranger about surface conditions and tides.
If you drive your four-wheel-drive vehicle onto the beach, beware of pedestrians and drive slowly. Normal road rules apply.
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In 1792 the French frigates L ‘Esperance & Recherche sheltered at this spot. A plaque commemorates this event. Breathtaking views of the bay and islands.
- Natural Attractions:Lookouts
Woody Island is situated in the Recherche Archipealago. The island boasts shady camping amongst tall eucalypts and a Visitor Centre with kiosk, interpretive display, and large deck area overlooking Shearwater Bay.
- Natural Attractions:Islands,National Parks & Reserves
With a wealth of things to see and do, come explore and stay at Woody Island, a nature lover’s paradise, just 15km off the coast of Esperance, Western Australia in the Recherche Archipelago (also referred to as the Bay of Isles).
Woody Island Eco Tours will transport you to this unique wilderness island, where history, wildlife, scenery and aquatic adventure abound. Spend the day, stay the night or take the week to relax and enjoy the island.
Be prepared to fall in love with Woody Island!