In stark contrast to the red earth of the Outback, the brilliant blue water and snow-white beaches of Esperance and the Southern coast provide a spectacular coastal backdrop to a region of magnificent national parks and unspoilt marine playgrounds.
In this pristine and almost magical wilderness lies a profusion of plant and animal life, as well as a stunning ‘necklace’ – a string of close to 110 islands in crystal clear water just off the shoreline.
Few areas of Australia are blessed with the number and variety of national parks located here.
If you are heading to Esperance, be sure to visit one or all of these places on Australia's Golden Outback.
Remote area travel
Australia's Golden Outback is remote - many parks are not accessible by conventional road vehicle, and some places cannot be reached overland in any vehicle.
If you don't have a 4WD or don't want to drive here, there are a number of companies in the regional centres that rent them. If you travel independently make sure you're familiar with all the advice and references for further information in the Know before you go section. Away from parks and main roads, you may need the permission of traditional owners or pastoral station managers for access.