Approximately 7.5 hours' drive or a 1.5 hour flight from Perth, the state capital, Esperance is a popular destination for medium term trips for families based there. It is also around 4 hours drive south from the Goldfields mining town of Kalgoorlie, and offers a convenient get-away for weekends for the mine workers. Near the town itself are many attractive beaches, offering surfing, scuba diving and swimming. Also nearby are a number of salt lakes, including the famous Pink Lake, which gains its rosey hue from red algae living within its waters. There are also 5 national parks in the area including the Cape Le Grand National Park.