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Esperance & The Golden Outback, WA

The Golden Outback of Australia is a popular tourist destination thanks to its abundance of unique outback experiences, adventurous road excursions, and relaxing vacation spots.

Outback plains, vast deserts and salt lakes, steep rocky outcrops, wild woods, and some of the world’s whitest beaches make up the natural scenery. When spring arrives in Western Australia, the beautiful landscape is transformed by a rainbow of blooming wildflowers.

Esperance And The Golden Outback

In the landscape of Esperance, the vibrant tones are consistent. The beaches of Lucky Bay are some of the whitest you’ll ever see, and you can even spot kangaroos lounging on them. Lake Hillier, in the Recherche Archipelago, is a candy-apple pink, providing a striking visual contrast to the Indian Ocean’s deep blue.

Explore Western Australia’s Golden Outback

Taking the Brookton Highway eastward from Perth, you’ll arrive in Hyden around four hours later. It’s a popular stopping point for the over one hundred thousand people who visit each year on their route to see Wave Rock. Mulka’s Cave and Hippo’s Yawn are two further local natural landmarks.

The Aboriginal artwork in Mulka’s Cave is among the most impressive that can be discovered in southwest Australia. The name Mulka originates from a local Aboriginal myth tied with the cave. Mulka was the illegitimate offspring of a woman who had broken the law by marrying a man with whom she had banned romantic relations.

Mulka’s Cave

There have been numerous discoveries of stone tools that the indigenous people of this region utilized, and some of the hand prints painted on stones at the Humps may still be seen today. Hyden offers a variety of lodging options, including chic motels, charming cottages, and a campground with RV and camping sites.

An hour’s flight east from Perth, Kalgoorlie is the hub of the goldfields and one of Western Australia’s largest cities. Still active as a mining town, Kalgoorlie’s wide streets and grand old buildings are full of people living the prospecting dream.

Wave Rock

Wave Rock is located on a 160-hectare nature reserve only four kilometres east of Hyden. The Rock is an impressively sculpted granite cliff, 15 meters high and 110 meters long. For 2.7 billion years, water, weather, and chemical erosion are thought to have sculpted and coloured the initial granite structure, giving it a wave-like appearance.

Wave Rock in Hyden, Western Australia

Wind and precipitation have weathered Wave Rock, a granite inselberg, throughout millions of years. The ochre, red, deep grey, and sandy-striped wave witnessed today is the result of these erosional forces gradually sweeping the Rock. Minerals having washed down the stone are what give it the beautiful colours of wave rock.


One hour and a half is all it takes to drive north from Kalgoorlie to Menzies. There are frequent day trips from Kalgoorlie to the Antony Gormley sculptures and Lake Ballard, located 55 kilometres northwest.

The historic gold mine village of Menzies is the entry to the biggest and best gallery in the universe with one of the art world’s most unique shows, ‘Inside Australia.’ The town’s population doubled and then halved within a decade; however, you can still run into the occasional gold prospector or fossicker who has come to town in quest of their fortune. You’ll have to get a permit to go there and hang out with them.


The beautiful Grand gold rush buildings, such as the Menzies Hall, infamous for being “clockless” for a hundred years, reflect the city’s former greatness. They believe the ship transporting the original clock from England wrecked off Rottnest Island, taking it with it.


In the region’s heart, three hour’s journey northeast of Perth is Bencubbin. The region had sandalwood cutters as earlier as the 1860s, and a sheep unit was started in the same year. In 1908, the first piece of farmland was purchased.

Although a few farmers have branched into raising cattle and pigs, the area is mainly used to grow coarse grains, sheep, and wheat. The station country and wheat borders are where Bencubbin is located. This helps explain the incredible range of lovely flora and wildlife seen throughout the county.

The spectacular wildflower season runs from June to October, and there are plenty of birds all year. There are numerous unique areas of interest, and they are all accessible via good highways.


On the Moore River’s shores, Moora is about two hours north of Perth. Historically, a wheat and sheep farming town has cultivated cattle, wildflowers, and other cereals in recent years. The town is a hub for several other coastal settlements, including Jurien, Cervantes, and Lancelin.


Travellers on the beautiful wildflower route who are headed north frequently stop in Moora. Look for large amounts of blue Dampiera and Wattle in the winter and early spring. As summer draws near, the hues shift to white and pink feather flowers, orange Eremaeas, and yellow Kangaroo Paws.

Where to stay?

Esperance & The Golden Outback Destinations


  • Active
  • Caravan and Camping
  • Rural/Country
  • Cultural
  • Historic/Heritage
  • Nature based
  • Remote
  • Self-Drive

Popular Activities

  • Off Road Driving
  • Scenic Flight
  • Sightseeing
  • Wilderness
  • Wildlife
  • Outback
  • Beach
  • Fossicking
  • Caravan and Camping
  • Sandboarding
  • Food and Wine

About Esperance & The Golden Outback

  • Locality: Urban locality
  • Esperance & The Golden Outback Postcode: 6450
  • State: Western Australia
  • Region: Esperance & the Golden Outback
  • Latitude: -33.86129
  • Longitude: 121.89143
  • Elevation: 10m
  • Population: 2144
  • Median Income: $30732
  • Area (Sq/km): 2.508
  • Timezone: Australia/Perth

Explore The Outback

Australia has a vast remote interior, much of it largely untouched. By night, the outback is deathly quiet, with the only light provided by the stars and the moon - a perfect oportunity for stargazing. Explore the isolated heart of the country, meet and connect with Aboriginal people and experience one of the oldest living cultures in the world. Go ‘walk-about’ and immerse yourself with Australia’s endless outback horizons.

Outback Experiences

Luxe Accommodation

Enjoy a distinctly Australian luxury experience, such as the unforgettable reefs, islands, beaches and coast; rugged mountain ranges, rainforests and vast national parks; and the many vibrant food and wine regions. Take a once in a lifetime adventure and discover the sheer indulgence of experiencing the wonders of Australia in style and stay in total luxury.

Australia has wide variety of accommodation options to suit most budgets and travelling preferences. Choose from luxury lodges, boutique hotels, serviced apartments, motels, bed and breakfasts, caravan parks as well as youth and backpacker hostels.


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