Steep Point is the westernmost point of mainland Australia, home to towering cliffs and epic 4WD adventures.
Sitting within the Edel Land National Park (proposed), Steep Point makes for one of the best viewing spots along the coast to see the spectacular Zuytdorp Cliffs which tower some 170 metres above the ocean. Watch out for blowholes, which shoot sea spray some 20-30 feet into the air as you marvel at rugged coastline. The Zuytdorp Cliffs stretch for more than 200 kilometres along Western Australia's coastline, from Steep Point all the way south to Kalbarri. Local operators offer wildlife, sighseeing and diving tours to explore these magnificent cliffs or, alternatively, take a scenic flight along this stretch of the coastline for breathtaking views and ample photographic opportunities. Named after the Zuytdorp ship that was wrecked by the rugged coast in the early 1700s, the ship remains on the seabed near the cliffs.
Steep Point is also a mecca for fishermen, known to be one of the world’s most successful land-based fishing locations. Here, fishermen use ballooning equipment to carry bait out into deeper water where gamefish can be found. Many pelagic fish inhabit the waters off Steep Point including Spanish Mackerel, assorted Mackerel, Sailfish, Tuna, Cobia, Yellow Tailed Sea Kingfish, and monster Tailor, as well as great bottom fishing in the evenings.
The area around Steep Point is governed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPAW). Entry to Steep Point costs $12 per car (up to 12 legally seated people). Access is by four-wheel drive only and visitors are advised to exercise caution and bring their own drinking water and supplies.
For those who are making their own way to Dirk Hartog Island via 4WD, an adventure to/from Steep Point is a necessity. Spend the night camping at Steep Point's Shelter Bay before catching the morning barge to Dirk Hartog Island to continue your adventure.
Steep Point is accessible by high-clearance 4WD along approximately 140km of unsealed road, the last 30km of which are a single lane soft track winding around sand dunes. It's an unforgettable adventure recommended for experiened 4WDers. All visitors are recommended to exercise caution, be prepared and bring adequate food and water supplies.
Steep Point offers remote camping at the edge of mainland Australia, with three designated camping locations in the Steep Point Area: The Oven, Faultline and Shelter Bay (note: Shelter Bay is reserved for those catching the barge to Dirk Hartog Island). All locations are managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife, and advance bookings are strongly recommended. Bookings can be made up to 180 days prior to arrival. Campers will need to collect an access permit on arrival by calling +61 8 9948 3393. Camping fees are $11.00 per adult/night, $7.00 per concession/night and $3.00 per child (aged 5-16 years)/night.