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For squeaky-white beaches, getting off the beaten track and bunking down under the stars, head south to Esperance. This place is so relaxed even the kangaroos sunbathe on the beach.

Situated a one and a half hour flight or a nine-hour drive from Perth, it's the ideal location for beach lovers. The town is nestled on the shores of Esperance Bay with hundreds of islands dotting the coast making up the Recherche Archipelago.

The authentic way to see Esperance is by four wheel drive. Four National Parks take you up close to pristine nature with beautiful seasonal wildflowers, granite headlands, rugged coastal scenery and views over the islands of the Recherche Archipelago. Great for camping, fishing and bush walking, one of the best spots there is Lucky Bay. The campsite has solar hot showers, camp kitchens and barbecues and plenty of bush walks with excellent coastal views.

Esperance has heaps to do including four wheel drive safaris, coach tours, helicopter tours, island cruises, diving charters, fishing, abseiling, skateboarding, sand boarding, canoeing, mini golf and a steam train. Check out the museum, arts centre, art galleries and boutique aquarium with touch pool for kids. Esperance is an ideal swimming spot, while West Beach, Fourth Beach and Observatory Beach boast some of the best surfing.

If snorkelling appeals, locals say the lagoon to the east of West Beach is good, as is idyllic-sounding Blue Haven Beach and Twilight Cove. If you want to have a go at fishing, throw in a line at Tanker Jetty. Watch out for cheeky local Sammy the seal!