"Esperance" State of Western Australia Favorite Tip by iandsmith
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Favorite thing: Think Esperance, think harbour and beaches. This harbour hasn't really been active for much more than 100 years but, with the advent of the nickel boom, where the price went from $4,800 per tonne in 2002 to over $60,000 per tonne in 2006 (it's now back to around $45,000 in 2008), then Esperance was well placed to take advantage due to its proximity to new nickel mines to the north and west.
Iron ore is another significant contributor to the port's growth from 1.5 million tonnes in 1995 to over 8 million. The biggest single load to date was 201,000 tonnes!
Sulphur and lead are other things that are traded through here as well.
However, for most of its life, Esperance has been a grain port. At its peak there were over 500 holdings before the Great Depression but these days it's around 480 with over 1,100,000 hectares used for agriculture.
Fondest memory: All the above needs infrastructure and one of the things that will cost is water. A huge desalination plant is currently underway to solve this problem and also provide other towns with more water.
On the weekends Esperance, like Australian towns everywhere, comes out to play and water again features with sailing prominent, as well as fishing and swimming on some of their fine beaches, advertised as "The Best Beaches in Australia". Personally, I have to say that depends on how you rate beaches. For surf they're fairly useless and the fishing is only average but they are wonderful places just to visit with turquoise waters, white sands and tall granite headlands they certainly make you grab for you camera.
The Great Ocean Drive is definitely one of Australia's top 5 beachside roads.
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