Things To See and Do
Check-out our what's on page for a calendar of events, Civic Centre and Bijou Theatre shows, No Lights No Lycra, Argentine Tango and other activities in Esperance!
ART TRAIL – Take a look at Esperance galleries. Art trail guides available at the Esperance Visitor Centre.
ADVENTURELAND PLAYGROUND – Do you have young children looking for something to do? Try the Adventure land Playground located on the Esplanade next to the Taylor Street Tearooms.
BANDY CREEK BOAT HARBOUR – The bustling hub of the region’s commercial fishing industry; a great place to drop a line in the water. Turn right off Fisheries Road 6.5kms from town.
BICYCLE HIRE – Hire a bicycle from Dempster Sporting, and cycle the way from Castletown to Twilight. This track is about 15kms long.
BINGO – Every Friday night from 7.00pm. For eyes down at 7.30pm. Good Prizes, good atmosphere and good time with 25 games and 2 flyers. At the Esperance Bowling Club in Black Street. For inquiries please call 08 90711784
BIRD WATCHING – Nature reserves are some of the best places to see birds. Ask the Visitor Centre for more info.
The Esperance Bird Observers’ Group welcomes visitors, call Mike Gibbs (9072 1350) or Dale Johnson (0427 198 437) for more information about their group.
BLACK JACK CHARTERS – Fishing, diving and tours available. Phone 0429 106 960.
BRIDGE CLUB – Meets at the Senior Citizens Centre on Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday at 1pm, Saturdays 12:45pm, lessons for beginners on Friday from 10am to 2pm. Contact 08 9071 4926.
BRUCE MALLOCH STUDIO & GALLERY – Located on Lalor Drive, see brochure at the Visitor Centre.
CANNERY ARTS CENTRE - The Cannery Arts Centre is the premier exhibition space in Esperance. The Centre has a program of Touring Exhibitions, studios, and an art and craft shop where locally made items can be purchased in an environment of unique historical interest. Make sure you capture the views from the top of the lookout. Norseman Road. Ph 9071 3599
CIVIC CENTRE – Ask the Visitor Centre Staff about the shows coming to the Esperance Civic Centre.
DANCING IN ESPERANCE - Every Friday from 8pm at the RAOB Hall behind the Bijou Theater. Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy Old-time, New Vogue and Ballroom Dancing. Inquiries 9071 7503 or 9076 1246.
DEMPSTER HOMESTEAD – Built in 1867 this was the home of Esperance’s most/famous pioneer family. It is privately owned but can be viewed from the road. 155 Dempster Street.
DUKE CHARTERS AND TOURS. – Join the Leisurecat “TMAREE” for all your fishing and tours charters around the Duke of Orleans Bay. Full day charters available with all bait, tackle and food supplied. Ph (08) 90766223 Glen & June Mills Please phone for prices and times.
ECO-DISCOVERY TOURS – Half day, full day, two hour tours and tag-a-long tours available by prior arrangement. For more information phone 0407 737 261.
ESPERANCE BAY BOOTSCOOTERS – Visiting spectators and dancers are always very welcome. Tuesday & Thursday morning s 9.30am – 11am Held at the R.A.O.B. Hall on Dempster Street (The pink hall down the lane at the side of Bijou Theatre). Phone: 9071 4070 or 0414 733 775
ESPERANCE BIRD & ANIMAL PARK & CAFE – Located on the Norseman/Coolgardie Hwy (13km out of town). Ph (08) 9076 1067. Open Thursday – Monday from 9am-4pm. Open 7 days by appointment. Can close for a few days in winter (call to check). Cuddle cute rabbits and guinea pigs or hand feed animals.
ESPERANCE DIVING & FISHING – Fishing, diving, cruising and accommodation available. Ph (08) 9071 5111.
ESPERANCE PUBLIC LIBRARY – Located on Windich St. Ph (08) 9083 1500
OPEN Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri 10.00am - 6.00pm Tues 12 noon – 6.00pm Sat - 9am - 12 noon. Internet facilities available.
ESPERANCE MECHANICAL RESTORATION GROUP (EMRG) – Open Day at the Shed on McLean Road the fourth Sunday of the month (all year round) 10am – 4pm. See some restored engines & vehicles etc. & some in the restoration process & chat to the people whose passion this is.
ESPERANCE MUSEUM – Open every day from 1.30pm – 4.30pm. Ph 9071 1579.
ESPERANCE STONEHENGE – Complete replica to scale of the original “Stonehenge” in the UK. Open Thursday to Monday, public and school holidays, closed August and Christmas Day; opening times Oct to March 8:30am to 5pm; April to Sept 9:30am to 4pm; outside opening hours by arrangement. Merivale road, 18kms from town centre.
EXPERIENCE ESPERANCE TOURS – various tours available to the national parks, the Great Ocean Drive and other attractions. Need minimum 6 people. Bookings through the Visitor Centre 08 9083 1555 or direct 0414 839 048.
GOLF CLUBS – 18 hole courses for the avid golfer to enjoy. The Esperance Golf Club is located on Dickenson Rd. Green fees are $15.00. The Pink Lake Country Club is located on Nicholson Drive. Club hire: Dempster Sports, Sportspower, Bay Of Isles Sports.
GREAT OCEAN DRIVE – Rotary lookout and boardwalks, Observatory Point, Pink Lake, Twilight Cove and Australia’s first wind farm.
HELMS ARBORETUM – Acres of a diverse range of botanical species. Wildflowers prolific in season, picnic areas and walk-trails.
HISTORIC MUSEUM VILLAGE – Fascinating collection of historical buildings which house art, craft and design shops, Aboriginal art gallery, Kepa Kurl Eco-Cultural Discovery Tours, E.S.P, café and the Esperance Visitor Centre is located here.
INDOOR MINI GOLF – This 18-hole mini golf is located on The Esplanade near the Taylor St Cafe. Great fun for all the family. Open all school holidays 10am – 4pm. Jolly Jalopy’s are also available for hire.
ESPERANCE ISLAND CRUISES – Offers wildlife cruises and Woody Island eco-stays. Half day and full day options are available, seasonally. Ph (08) 9071 5757.
KEPWARI TRAILS – The Wetland Trail consists of 1.5km of raised timber boardwalks, and 2.1km of surfaced trail. Access to the trail is via Windabout Way, or Lakes Road, both being adjacent to Fisheries Road.
LAKE MONJINGUP - ONLY STAGE II IS OPEN (stage I still closed due to bushfire damage) Lovely nature reserve with gardens and walk trails. 15kms west of town on Telegraph road.
MERMAID LEATHER – See the process that transforms fish skins into unique leather products. Factory tours and showroom, items for sale. Open Tues – Sun, 2pm – 5pm.
MINI STEAM EXPRESS – Open from October through to March. The kids and kids at heart will love it. Adult $2.00,
Child / Pensioner $1.00. Located on the Esplanade in the Adventure Playground. Ph (08) 9071 2402
MOUTAIN BIKE TRACK (The Piggery) – Free access to all MBT riders, ask Visitor Centre for more info.
NATIONAL PARKS – There are four national parks surrounding Esperance, Cape Le Grand (located 60km East), Cape Arid (located 120km East), Stokes Inlet (located 70km West) and Fitzgerald River (200km West). Entry and camping fees apply. More information and maps available at the Visitor Centre or the Department of Environment and Conservation (ph 9083 2100).
PORT TOURS – Every Saturday at 1.30pm. Departs from the Port Authority car park.
RECHERCHE ARCHIPELAGO – A haven for an enormous variety of wildlife as well as being a playground for holiday makers, offering excellent diving, snorkeling, fishing & sailing. Fishing charters and island cruises available.
SECTION GLASS GALLERY – Unique handcrafted gifts, glass objects, contemporary designer jewellery, and glass artwork. View the extensive works created by Cindy Poole. Relax at the Café. Open everyday 10am to 5pm. Phone 90714059 or mobile 0427 714059.
SURFBOARD HIRE – Twilight school of surf (may be unavailable if the Academy are doing lessons). Phone for more details 0433 128 102.
TANKER JETTY – CLOSED FOR DEMOLITION but you can still go down to the foreshore during the day and enjoy a Coffee from the Coffee Cat van or a smoothie from S’Juice, and get a bite to eat from the Burger Barn van.
TENNIS – The Esperance Tennis Club warmly welcomes visitors to the club. Entrance to the clubhouse and courts is via Black Street opposite the Leisure Centre. Turn right off the roundabout into the Show grounds. Social Days are: Tuesday from 7.30pm (contact Fred Degrussa 08 9078 2024); Wednesday from 9am (contact Jan Remnant 08 9071 1180); Saturday from 1.30pm (contact Noel Wilson 08 9071 4673).
THE SKATE PARK – With ramps is located along the Esplanade towards the Port.
TOMMY WINDICH’S GRAVE – Burial place of the faithful friend and companion of early explorer, John Forrest. Located in the Port Authority Park on the Esplanade.