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Memorial at Observatory Point and Lookout commemorates the sheltering of French frigates "Le Esperance" and "Recherche" .
Captain Bruni d`Entrecasteaux commanding "Le Recherche" and Captain Huon de Kermandec of "L`Esperance" were searching the Australian waters for the missing explorer La Perouse while charting the coastline and exploring the new continent. Forced to seek protection from a storm the two vessels sheltered on the lee side of Observatory Island and that night d`Entrecasteaux wrote in his journal `I decided to give the harbour the name of Esperance Bay, that of the first frigate to enter it'.
|Address:||Twilight Beach Road, Great Ocean Drive, Esperance, 6450|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -33.9075|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Event Start Date:||1792|
|Approx. Event End Date:||1792|