Our Inland Wonders
The Shire of Esperance is home to some spectacular inland experiences. From the granite outcrops of Peak Charles, Mount Ridley and Frenchman Peak to the Kepwari and Stokes Heritage walktrails, our region is extensive and wild. While you are experiencing nature at its best, there are some things you can do to make your journey safe and enjoyable.
To stay up to date with local road and weather conditions we recommend following the links:
Bureau of Meterology (BOM)
Please note: Mobile coverage isn't guaranteed. Make sure you carry a map with you.
The Shire of Esperance is in a Prohibited Burning Time. This means no fires are to be lit in the open air. Gas & electric barbeques are permitted at any time.
The Shire of Esperance manages three bush campsites within shire coastal reserves. For more information, please contact the Esperance Visitor Centre on (08) 9083 1555.
Alexander Bay – Located 100km east of Esperance – 4WD only.
Munglinup Beach – Located 130km west of Esperance – 2WD accessible.
Quagi Beach - Located 80km west of Esperance – 2WD accessible.
Information on camping within National Parks can be found through the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
CAMP RULES - You can help to preserve these unique natural areas by observing the following rules;
- Camping is allowed in designated bays only.
- Camp sites cost $15 per site, per night (Munglinup, Quagi and Alexander Bay only).
- No open fires from 1 November to 30 April (Burning periods can alter without notice. If you are unsure please contact the Shire on 9071 0666.)
- Please use toilets where provided to protect our environment and for the health of other campers.
- Generators are to be set up within camp sites and only used between the hours of 7 AM – 10 PM.
- Please put rubbish in the bin. If bins are full please take your rubbish with you.
- Please respect the native environment by staying on tracks and not damaging live vegetation.
- Please do not feed the wildlife.
- Pets permitted. Must be on lead or contained within camp site. Please clean up after your pets and dispose of waste appropriately.
- There are no dumping points on site. The nearest dump disposal facility is located on Shelden Road, Esperance. Please take a portaloo to campsites without facilities.
If you witness other people littering, lighting illegal fires or vandalising campsites, make note of the vehicle registration number and contact the Shire Rangers on (08) 9083 1533 as soon as possible.
BUSH WALKING / HIKING
Plan your walk & know your limits – stick to trails which suit your experience level.
Tell someone where you are going – Let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return. This is the golden rule of bush walking.
Personal Locator Beacons – parts of our region has little to no mobile coverage. If you are planning to explore the heart of the region, PLB or EPIRBS is a good tool to have.
Pack for your adventure – It doesn’t matter if your walk is a short 5km or an extended day walk, always be prepared. Water and food is essential, plus your phone, PLB or EPIRB, and a first aid kit are a good start to a Bushwalkers must haves.
Bushfires are unpredictable and happen every year. When a bushfire starts, things can change in a matter of minutes, so you need to keep connected and updated regularly during bushfire season. By being alert and following official warnings closely, you, your family and friends have the best chance to act early and leave for a safer place.
It is vital you know how to drive safely and lightly to protect yourself and this fragile environment and ensure the south east coast remains just as magical in years to come. Keep safe with the Code Off-Road and think about the following:
Maintenance – Make sure your vehicle is maintained and in good working order, and check over before setting out.
Supplies – You might be loaded up with fishing and camping gear, but remember to make room for basic supplies such as water, food, first aid kit, extra fuel as well as vehicle maintenance equipment.
Recovery – The suggested minimum kit essentials for a 4WD would include:
- Air compressor with gauge
- Tow rope, make sure there are strng attachement points on your chassis – not tiedown points
- Jack and a jack plate or air exhaust jack
- Bow or “D” shackles
- Vehicle tool kit
- Rigger’s gloves
- Recovery tracks
- A shovel
Training – Consider undertaking 4WD training through a registered provider – guaranteed fun will be had and you’ll pick up great driving skills for life.
Awareness – Always carry a map of the area you are travelling in (mobile coverage isn’t guaranteed). Take notice of any signage at entry points and note emergency contacts and location ID.
Snake bites are not common in Australia, but all should be treated as life threatening. Snakes force venom out under pressure through fangs in the upper jaw. The spread of snake venom depends on its absorption through the lymphatic system.
In a medical emergency call Triple Zero 000.