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Paradise found!!

I have died and gone to heaven!!

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Although I did update this blog 2 nights ago on our arrival in Esperance, I had not really formed any impressions of the place since it was all hands on deck to put up the tent, get the beds made and get down to the pub for dinner on the first night- priorities people!! We hadn't seen enough of Esperance to speak of, but now i think we have done the cooks' tour and can bring you up to speed on the delights of Esperance.

The town itself is centred around the large bay where cargo ships come and go, taking grain and iron ore with them. Apparently an upgrade to the port 10 years ago made it one of the deepest in southern Australia, enhancing its' capability of handling some of the worlds' largest cargo vessels, but as you can probably guess, this does not necessarily make it beautiful in the eyes of a tourist. There is a large, long jetty, built in 1902 - it was the engineers' first major work- I explained to Nick that this was a perfectly valid reason why I was not very happy walking on this (to me) rickety jetty- too old and built by someone with no experience! Have I told you of my fear of heights and old wooden bridges/jetties? - BINGO!!! We have a winner! Consequently, Nick was allowed, nay, encouraged, to go by himself late last evening to fish off this same jetty without me! One rather delightful aspect to the jetty, however, is Sammy the Seal, a gorgeous sealion who cruises underneath all day, in particular in the area where fishermen clean their catch. He is a beautiful boy, and one can lose track of time watching his languorous routine. For those of you wondering, Nick came back with 9 Herring, a smaller whiting type fish which we shall be sampling for dinner tonight, and tomorrow night, and maybe for breakfast, too!

So although Esperance is a perfectly nice town, and a reasonably large one with I think, about 14000 residents, its' real treasures lie on the outskirts of town. Here, we feasted our eyes on glorious white sand, aqua coloured beaches, each one more beautiful than the last and often utterly deserted. There are warnings at each beach concerning slippery rocks, rogue waves, and at only one beach, snakes. I thought they must be either very clever or very obliging snakes to elect to stay at one beach only, when the next beach was only 600 meters away, but no snake warnings there!

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Today we travelled 64kms east to Cape Le Grand National Park, and both Nick and I exclaimed out loud as we drove around the curve to our first glimpse of Lucky Bay, one of the gorgeous beaches in the park. These beaches were whiter than white and a lovely pale aqua in a serene bay- I know it sounds the same as the beaches at Esperance, but they seemed to be at a whole other level. If I was struck by lightning, I had already died and gone to Heaven! This is definitely a must for everyone's bucket list. The only flaw in this perfection?? I won't be able to bring The Best Dog In The World here..

Posted by NickandCathy 01:12 Archived in Australia Tagged park grand national le cape esperance

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