This attraction initially didn’t make it on our list of things to do when we got to Esperance, but once we got to town and heard about how magical it was, we had to check it out for ourselves.
The Esperance Stonehenge is a full size replica of the original Stonehenge in the UK, as it would have looked around 2000BC. It was originally destined for Margaret River but the guy who started the project went broke and the plans were thrown in the bin. Lucky for Esperance, the couple who lived across the road from the mine where the stones were being quarried took over and organised for the Stonehenge to be erected in Esperance.
Kim and Jillian had the 137 hunks of pink granite stones transported to their property and now have a magnificent structure that is just metres from their home. The Esperance Stonehenge is complete with a Trilithon Horseshoe comprising of stones that weight between 38 and 55 tonnes, a Sarsen Circle, Bluestone Circle and the Altar Stone. It is aligned with the summer solstice in Esperance, with the Station Stones positioned along this line so that the sun’s rays can touch the Altar Stone.
While the structure is visible from the road, it doesn’t compare to being amongst the pink granite, meandering through the stones and absorbing the atmosphere and presence that the structure creates.
The Esperance Stonehenge is open Thursday – Friday, public holidays and school holidays. Summertime hours are 8:30am to 5pm and winter hours are 9:30am to 4pm.
Entry for adults is $10 each, group bookings are available, and you can even use the location as a venue for your wedding or next family picnic.
Phone: 08 9075 9003