Romantic Things to Do in Esperance


If you’re after a romantic escape in Western Australia, look no further. From white sand beaches to national parks with stunning ocean views, the coastal town of Esperance offers plenty of opportunities to make your trip extra special. Continue reading to discover the best activities to do as a couple in Esperance

Hellfire Bay in Cape Le Grand National Park, is definitely one of the best beaches in Esperance

Lucky Bay

One of the most beautiful beaches in Western Australia, this 5 km (3.1 mi) stretch of powdery sand surrounded by the scenic landscapes of Cape Le Grand National Park is the perfect setting for a romantic day trip. Spend the day swimming and exploring the park’s granite rock formations, then tuck into a picnic on the soft white sand. 

Wondering when is the best time to visit the region? Read our guide to What Are the Seasons in Esperance.


Woody Island

One of the few islands in the Recherche Archipelago accessible to visitors, Woody Island offers a quiet and intimate setting perfect for enjoying a romantic day with your partner. The wildlife experience on the island is something special—expect to come across geckos, coastal seabirds, and depending on the season, dolphins and seals in the surrounding waters. There’s no doubt that Woody Island will make you fall in love with the region, securing its place as one of the most romantic spots on your trip to Western Australia.

Pontoon at Woody Island for swimming

Cape Le Grand National Park

The Cape Le Grand National Park might be best known for its pristine beaches, but that's not all the park has to offer. Home to rugged peaks and countless bushwalking, camping, and fishing spots, this is an ideal place for a couples’ day out in the Esperance region. Make the most of your trip by taking a walk along the Le Grand Coastal Trail, then enjoy a romantic picnic overlooking Hellfire Bay. 

If you are interested in visiting other national parks near Esperance, don't miss our Western Australia Self-Drive Itineraries.

Kangaroos on the beach at Cape Le Grand National Park

Frenchman Peak

For adventurous couples, there’s no better way to kindle love and romance than trekking in the great outdoors. Frenchman Peak is a spectacular but challenging hike within Cape Le Grand National Park that takes several hours to complete. Parts of the trail go over a shore-side granite cliff, making it suitable for the most confident hikers. But the breathtaking views of the coastline and Recherche Archipelago’s islands are more than worth it.

Read our guide to the Best Esperance Hikes for more adventure ideas to inspire your next trip. 

Lake Hillier

Nicknamed "Pink Lake" by the locals, this picturesque spot on the remote Middle Island within the Recherche Archipelago is among the top places to visit on a romantic trip to Esperance. Hop on a scenic flight for awe-inspiring views of the region’s idyllic islands and national parks. Or join a scenic island cruise that will bring you close to the lake, giving you a chance to experience the vibrant pink water up close and create everlasting memories with your loved one. 

For other activities in the region, see our guide to Must Do Highlights of Esperance.

Great Ocean Drive

Searching for the ultimate romantic experience in Esperance? The Great Ocean Drive—one of the most famous drives in Australia—is a spectacular way to explore the region’s landscapes and spend some quality time with your partner. There are plenty of secluded spots to stop along the way for swimming, sunbathing, snorkelling, and enjoying the incredible views.

one of the most enchanting stretches of oceanside road you’ll ever set wheels on, and for reasons that will become obvious, Esperance’s Great Ocean Drive will leave you wanting to drive on and on.

Esperance Esplanade

Take your significant other on a romantic stroll along the Esperance Esplanade that stretches along the waterfront between the Tanker Jetty area and Twilight Beach Road. You’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the coastline and the turquoise waters of the Southern Ocean. Admire the wooden sculptures of the Don Mackenzie waterfront garden and the Whale Tale along the way. At night, the Esplanade takes on a different charm, transforming into a romantic spot for fine dining beneath starlit skies.

Taylor St Quarters

The waterfront Taylor St Quarters is a stylish restaurant on the Esperance Esplanade offering an intimate dining experience for couples. Seasonal dishes and a selection of local wines are served on a deck overlooking the yacht marina. Charming ambiance, locally sourced ingredients, and exceptional service come together to make dining at Taylor St Quarters a unique romantic experience in Esperance.

The Perfect Esperance Itinerary for Couples

Ready to start planning a romantic trip to Esperance? Take a look at our Perth to Esperance Self-Drive Tour and other Self-Drive Tour Itineraries for in-depth descriptions of the best things to do and places to stay. And if you would like to have an itinerary customised to your interests, contact our Australia travel specialists who will design a perfect romantic trip just for you.

Irma Vuckovic
Irma Vuckovic
: 20 Nov 2023 (Last updated: 20 Nov 2023)

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