If you're looking for an off-the-beaten-track adventure, look no further than Dirk Hartog Island in the UNESCO Shark Bay World Heritage Area.
Visit Shark Bay's largest blowhole, which can be seen from 20km in swells of 5m, and Quoin Bluff South, a historic site with remnants of an army outpost, stone jetty and other relics. Then, stop for a swim or go fishing at Herald Bay or Louisa Bay, a great snorkelling spot.
Then: The next morning, head north and visit the island's rose pink lake, Rose de Freycinet lakeVisit the historic site of Dampier's Landing, where William Dampier spent several days in 1699. A plaque commemorates his visit.If you want to explore the northern reaches of the island, set up camp at Turtle Bay, Urchin Point or The Block and base…
In preparation for your barge transfer off of the island, it's recommended that you head south the day prior to your departure and stay overnight at one of the Homestead Camp Grounds or at Cape Ransonnet. This means you won't need to drive after dark or around dawn to reach the barge site in time.
Western Australia's largest island is the site of the first recorded European landing of Australian soil, by Captain Dirk Hartog in 1616, and is today having its environment restored to how it would have been found those 400-odd years ago as part of Department of Parks and Wildlife's 'Return to 1616' project.
Department of Parks and Wildlife limit the number of 4WD vehicles allowed camping in the Dirk Hartog Island National Park to 20 vehicles at any one time, making staying on Dirk Hartog Island a truly exclusive experience.
Visitors to the island can expect to find a pristine environment with an array of natural attractions and activities, including self-guided coastal walks; rock pools and blowholes; the heritage-listed site of Cape Inscription - the landing site of Captain Dirk Hartog; the 600ft high Herald Height cliffs, where you can watch the 'last sunset in Australia'; a rose pink lake'; secluded beaches and crystal clear waters; diverse underwater ecosystems that are perfect for snorkelling and diving; seasonal whale watching and turtle nesting; epic sand dunes; 4WDing adventures; fishing; and an abundance of nature and wildlife encounters.
If you're going to self-drive Dirk Hartog Island, you'll access the island via barge transfer from Steep Point to Cape Ransonnet at the southwestern end of Dirk Hartog Island. You'll need to camp overnight at Steep Point the night before your barge transfer, as the barge departs Steep Point between 07:00am and 09:00am. Advance arrangements must be made for camping at Steep Point - enquire online via Department of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions' website. Advance bookings are essential for the barge
For more information about Steep Point, click here.
For more information about the barge transfers and bookings, click here.
There are multiple National Park campsites location around Dirk Hartog Island, plus camping grounds in Homestead Bay (managed by Dirk Hartog Island Eco Lodge). All Island campsites are booked through Dirk Hartog Island's website.
Urchin Point Camp is located in Dirk Hartog Island National Park, making it the perfect destination for a snorkelling and diving holiday. Urchin Poin…
Louisa Bay Camp is located in Dirk Hartog Island National Park, making it the perfect destination for a snorkelling and diving holiday. Visitors can …
Sandy Point Camp is located in Dirk Hartog Island National Park, making it the perfect destination for a snorkelling and diving holiday. Visitors can…