Island Life: Dirk Hartog Island
Dirk Hartog Island is one of Australia's emerging nature based tourism destinations and Western Australia’s largest and most western island. Situated in the Shark Bay World Heritage area the island is renowned for tranquil beaches, stunning rugged landscapes and rich Australian history. Dirk Hartog Island is an 'ark' for endangered wildlife and the perfect place for an island adventure.
Dugongs, loggerhead turtles, humpback whales, giant manta rays and whale sharks all visit the waters surrounding the island making it an underwater paradise for snorkelers, divers and wildlife lovers. Whether it’s fishing, exploring the wilderness, swimming in secluded turquoise beaches, having a BBQ under the stars or enjoying the array of outdoor activities on offer, there’s no better way to take in the West Aussie Coast!
On the Map: Dirk Hartog Island
The island also has a prominent place in Australian history. The arrival of Captain Dirk Hartog in 1616 marked the first European landing on Australia's West Coast. He nailed an inscribed pewter plate to a post in a rock cleft leaving his inscription and placing Australia on world maps for the first time.
Travelling: Dirk Hartog Island
Guests can access the island by barge, charter boat or light aircraft. Please note that all transfer fees are included in the Dirk Hartog Island packages listed above via Barge ex Steep Point or light aircraft ex Denham.
Barge via Steep Point: The 4WD Barge operates 364 days a year ex Blackie’s Beach, Steep Point. The barge, Hartog Explorer is a purpose-built landing craft designed to carry a 4WD vehicle and off road camper trailer with passengers to Dirk Hartog Island.
Boat or Aircraft via Denham: Return boat transfers from Denham to Dirk Hartog Island are arranged upon booking. A light aircraft can also be arranged to transfer passengers direct from Monkey Mia Airport to Dirk Hartog Island airstrip.
Island Accommodation: Dirk Hartog Island
Wake up in rustic luxury with ocean views or camp under the stars! Accommodation on Dirk Hartog Island ranges from ocean front eco lodge rooms, an ocean villa, camping grounds or national park camping.
Package options include:
1. Eco Lodge: Sleeps up to 12 people – private double/twin rooms with en suites
The rustic luxury Dirk Hartog Island Eco Lodge is located only 30 metres from the ocean with stunning panoramic views of Shark Bay. Equipped with a bar area, pool table, open kitchen, outdoor dining area and private library the Eco Lodge is a home away from home waiting to be enjoyed as the fresh ocean air fills its walls. Spend days exploring the calm island waters by kayak or stand up paddle board then relax by your very own fire pit in the evening. The Eco Lodge provides a comfortable holiday setting in an exclusive yet relaxed environment. The lodge provides accommodation consisting of six double/twin rooms with en suites.
Packages available include the Historical Eco Tour and BYO 4WD Adventure and include transfer fees to the island and back. For more information on these packages please visit the Dirk Hartog Island website.
- Historical Eco Tour (3 nights /4 days) - $1,338 per person (min 2 people)
- BYO 4WD Adventure (3 nights /4 days) - $996 per person (min 2 people)
2. Ocean Villa: Sleeps 6 people – private villa for a group
The Ocean Villa option offers a self-contained villa providing a great getaway for small groups of friends and family looking for an island adventure. Located just 50m from the ocean, the villa is the perfect base to explore the island by BYO boat or 4WD. Features of the villa include a fully equipped kitchen, outdoor dining area and BBQ facilities to enjoy your fresh catch of the day.
Packages available for up to eight people are the BYO 4WD Island Escape or BYO Boat Adventure. For more information on these packages please visit the Dirk Hartog Island website.
- BYO 4WD Island Escape (4 nights/ 5 days) - $435 per night – sleeps 6
- BYO Boat Adventure (4 nights/ 5 days) - $350 per night – sleeps 6
3. Homestead Camping: 10+ sites available
Are you a happy camper instead? Another option to enjoy secluded Dirk Hartog Island is the homestead camping grounds located on the east coast of the island, only 20km from the barge landing area. Facilities include a camp kitchen with gas BBQ, fire pit, food preparation area and sink – all located 50m from the beach… Did someone say ‘gone fishing’?
Two toilets and hot showers are also available adding a little glamp to your camp. Staying at the Dirk Hartog Homestead camping grounds is a memorable way of enjoying this secluded island and its array of natural beauty.
Packages available are BYO 4WD Escape or BYO 4WD Adventure and include transfer fees to the island and back. For more information on these packages please visit the Dirk Hartog Island website.
- BYO 4WD Escape (6 nights /7 days) - $868 per 4WD | 2 Adults
- BYO 4WD Adventure (3 nights / 4 days) - $660 per 4WD | 2 adults
4. National Park Camping: DIY camping
Bring your own 4WD and explore the island yourself! With a variety of camping areas to choose from your camping style and daily activities are endless. Follow the rugged and wild coastline to fish, discover untouched crystal blue swimming bays or explore the wilderness at your leisure.
Dirk Hartog Island Homestead offers a BYO 4WD NP Adventure package which includes all transfer and national park fees. For more information on this package please visit the Dirk Hartog Island website.
- BYO 4WD NP Adventure (3 nights/ 4 days) - $715 per 4WD | 2 Adults