This morning you can leave the car keys in your room, as you'll be picked by your Aboriginal guide for a eco cultural discovery tour of the area with Aboriginal-run company Kepa Kurl. This memorable half day experience will give you some truly interesting insights into how the local Aboriginal Noongar people have hunted and gathered food here for thousands of years. You'll see plenty of native wildlife and some Aboriginal rock art as well as getting a great orientation to the area. Returning to town about midday, hop in your car and head to Yirri Grove, a restaurant in an olive grove 20 minutes out of town (open Fridays to Mondays only; alternatively, grab ingredients for a picnic from one of the four supermarkets in town). Esperance has some of the whitest sand in the world. After you've eaten, get a feel for the area's beauty on the Great Ocean Drive, a 38 kilometre (24 mile) loop from town that showcases the sugary beaches and translucent waters of the area. (Be warned, you won't be able to stop yourself from pulling over every few minutes to take photo after photo.) Along the way, look out for Twilight Bay – a firm favourite for its translucent, turquoise waters, sculpted rock formations, picnic tables and showers – and the breaks at West, Fourth and Observatory beaches, where local surfers can often be seen enjoying the water. You can snorkel at Blue Haven Beach, Twilight Cove and the lagoon to the east of West Beach (hire your mask and fins here). Call in to the Esperance Museum if you have time (it's only open from 1.30pm to 4.30pm each day). This quirky space is filled with unusual artefacts steeped in Australian humour, including the remains of America's first space station, Skylab, which plummeted to the earth here in 1979. The Shire of Esperance charged NASA AUD$400 for littering. Have dinner at The Pier Hotel, a relaxed pub opposite the water in the middle of town.