Dirk Hartog Island

Dirk Hartog Island is Western Australia’s largest island. For those who like a little seclusion, Dirk Hartog Island offers a peaceful retreat of beautiful scenery and private white sandy beaches.

Located around eight hours drive north of Western Australia’s capital city Perth, the island is named after Captain Dirk Hartog.

Dirk Hartog Island was the site of the first recorded European landing on Australian soil. Captain Dirk Hartog, who arrived on the 'Eendracht' on October 25, 1616  announced his arrival by nailing an inscribed pewter plate to a wooden post at the site now known as Cape Inscription. A replica of this plate can be seen at the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre.

Fishing is also very good from and around the Island. Dirk Hartog Island is home to some of the most amazing cliff fishing in Australia, game fishing, particularly on the relatively unexplored depths of the west coast part of the Island and year round sport fishing.

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Dirk Hartog Island attractions

  • Go fishing in the world class waters for Pink Snapper, Mackerel, yellow-fin tuna or sailfish
  • Spot any of the marine creatures that inhabit the waters of Western Australia including bottlenose dolphins, dugongs, turtles, humpback whales and sharks
  • Scuba dive or snorkel the reefs and beaches around Dirk Hartog Island
  • Relax on the homestead veranda and spot some of the 81 bird species that inhabit the island
  • Dare to walk along the cliff face on the island’s west coast, 300 feet above the sea
  • 4WD over pristine beaches and massive sand dunes
  • Take a relaxing swim off the islands unspoilt beaches

Dirk Hartog Island accommodation

Stay in the historic Homestead, originally used as a shearers quarters. Booking essential, with a maximum of 18 guests staying at one time.

Camp in one of six designated camp site locations around the island. Booking essential and are handled by Department of Parks & Wildlife's Denham office - +61 (0)8 9948 1208

Dirk Hartog Island tours

Air charters or boat transfers, tours and overnight accommodation need to be prearranged and bookings are essential. Visit the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre website or call +61 8 9948 1590 for more information on Western Australia’s Dirk Hartog Island.

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