Holidays are a time to recharge, relax and spend more time with your children, friends and family. Often, finding things that don’t break the bank but keep your kids entertained can be challenging, Luckily, we don’t have that problem in beautiful Esperance, where there is a wide variety of outdoor activities to keep you busy, and the best part is they are free.
Here are five free activities to keep your family entertained these school holidays.
- Cape Le Grand National Park
Of the three national parks in the Shire of Esperance, Cape Le Grand, a 30 minute drive east of Esperance, must be queen. Long white beaches, turquoise water, flower-flecked heathlands, and granite peaks are some of its most striking features. A top activity in the park is the 3 km long hiking trail up gentle slopes to Frenchman Peak, which rewards hikers with breath taking views over the park and the Recherche Archipelago.
- Twilight Beach
About 7 km west of Esperance, Twilight Beach was voted the most popular beach in Western Australia. Granite islets lie offshore, and the wide, flat shoreline and shallow sand bar create perfect conditions for families with small children. It's the safest beach in Esperance for swimming and surfing with lifeguards patrolling during the summer months.
- Esperance Museum
A visit to the charming Esperance Museum is like rummaging through all the treasures in grandma's attic, but with space junk thrown in the mix. This quirky little gem chronicles the region's social history according to topic, from antique farm machinery to early telephones, an old rail carriage, and even kitchen appliances. Perhaps the most unique exhibits feature the debris from Skylab, which plummeted to earth near Esperance in 1979. Interestingly, Esperance fined NASA $400 for littering. It took 30 years, but the fine has now been paid in full.
- Great Ocean Drive
The Great Ocean Drive is Western Australia's version of the country’s Great Ocean Road, an almost 40 km tourist route that curves along the unspoiled Esperance coastline and loops back into town. Along the way, sightseers can enjoy panoramic coastal views and stop at sublime beaches to surf, swim, picnic, or fish. Highlights include the Rotary Lookout perched on a granite outcrop with panoramic views of Esperance and the Recherche Archipelago, family-friendly Twilight Beach, the Western Power Wind Farms, and Pink Lake, which changes colour due to the salt-tolerant algae content in the water, though it hasn't been pink in a while.
- The Museum Village Markets
Why not visit the Market stalls on Sunday from 8.30am to 1.00pm? Check out the various arts and crafts on display, or sample the jams, honeys, fresh fruit and veggies. If all else fails, there is ice-cream available too. It promises to be lots of family fun.
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