First thing was get up and get to the tyre place and cross our fingers that the puncture was repairable and we didn’t have to buy a new tyre to replace the brand new one we had just bought! And thankfully it was – they fixed it up super quick and we were able to jump straight on the road down south to Esperance. We were really looking forwards to getting back to the ocean after a fair bit of time inland and Esperance blew us away.
The sun was shining and it wasn’t too windy, so we headed straight for West beach to have a swim which was amazing. It was the perfect temperature outside and the water was lovely and cool. There was beautiful soft sand, a sheltered break from the big waves, surfers to watch, sun, and it wasn’t too crowded. The view from the top of the stairs on the cliffs at the car park was spectacular! Smash had found a camping spot at someone’s property which was a yabbie farm just on the outskirts of town, so we went to check it out as Esperance has zero options for camping outside of caravan parks. The owner Steve was really nice and was happy to help us find a spot amongst the other vans and campers on his property, and talked about how the council was unfortunately shutting them down in 3 weeks due to zoning issues, but they were trying their best to get around it. The friendly family next to us helped us find a good spot next to them away from all the bull ants in the scrub. And they had an adorable puppy. So win win! There was lovely non-bore rain water in the shower and taps for drinking! An excellent spot for the night, but we wanted to make the most of the afternoon by continuing touring the beaches around the Great Ocean Drive.
All of the spots were beautiful and the sunset through the storm clouds was awesome. We stopped off at the very interestingly designed Rotary Lookout with a great view over town and towards West Beach and beyond, and met Leila, who goes to high school in Espo, talked a bit about living down there and uni and travel and then parted ways back to camp for the night.