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“Dirk Hartog Island”
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Dirk Hartog Island
Ranked #918 of 1,808 things to do in Western Australia
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Owner description: Dirk Hartog Island National Park, in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, has immense historical significance and offers great fishing, steep cliffs and secluded beaches. Visitors can bring their own 4WD vehicles or boats to the island to Explore & Discover this hidden treasure.
Reviewed 26 October 2017

Unfortunately this island is out of reach of families as the price for a two hour visit is extremely high, not the way to have families and people experience WA and encourage tourism.

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank jenny G
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Reviewed 20 April 2017

We spent 3 nights and 4 days on the island and loved it. We camped 2 nights at the Wardles Homestead camping area which had toilets, showers and a camp kitchen, right on the edge of the bay. We travelled around the entire island and camped at a spot on the north west side. The DPAW camp sites have no facilities.Its rugged, remote and a great adventure.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Peterlee543
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Reviewed 4 September 2016

We were lucky enough to join this trip at short notice thanks to the Denham information centre. The scenic cruise in the purpose built boat was relaxing and comfy. Kieran gave us an outstanding commentary as we viewed spectacular cliffs with bird breeding colonies and searched for marine life. We enjoyed seeing dolphin playing alongside the vessel in their environment. After reaching the island we were off on a 4WD adventure trip to visit blowholes and have a good look around the island. Kieran has a family history that goes back several generations on the island and we were enthralled to have the maritime history that we had learned about in Freemantle about the first European on the island bought to life by actually being there. The morning tea was home made and delicious, the lunch a BBQ of seafood and afternoon tea at the Dirk Hartog lodge was another array of home made delights. At the lodge we relaxed watching the sea and bird life; ospreys and pelicans. Thank you so much Kieran, this goes down the highlight of 12 weeks in WA

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Jules068
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Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

We just spent 2 amazing weeks camping at Louisa Bay 50m from the water on DHI.
Had a camper and small dingy . Fish for dinner every time we went fishing for an hour or so . Lots of fish!
This is serious camping and four wheel driving and needs a lot of thought and planning . The barge is not for the faint hearted . But easily managed if your an experienced 4x4 driver .
Blue water and wildlife galore . Kids made friends with a little native mouse that visited our camp each evening . Ended up being able to pat the mouse by the end of our stay .
Make sure you plan your water , fuel , gas , solar and food carefully . There is NOTHING there , save a 5 hour round trip to BUY water from the DHI lodge .

This is an unbelievable experience , you have to go and experience it with your kids before they leave home .

Fishing was great on plastics , didn't need bait at all . Make sure you take a good selection of plastics , with big and small leads and plastics . Pink Snapper , emperor , gold trevally and XOS whitting galore in the bay .

Plan your drive from the barge to Louisa Bay at low tide , can get tricky in a few spots otherwise , especially if towing some bigger weights .

We pulled in 1.8 t on the tow ball , and all went smoothly in low 2-3 and 18 psi . We did have a 6.5 Chev doing the work .

Managed two weeks for 4 with 220 litres of fuel , 300 litres of water , and had left overs . Didn't drive around heaps . Covered about 200 kms touring the Island .

Patchy mobile reception , go to the top of the hills .

Date of experience: July 2016
15  Thank 434GrantP
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Reviewed 6 December 2013

We've been Dirk Hartog regulars for over 10 years (trip # 16 coming up in March 2014). Each visit brings new experiences, from the 4WD and fishing adventures to the relaxed homestead stays you can't beat Dirk Hartog Island. Awesome food and service at the Homestead in such a remote location is really quite unique. No crowds, outstanding scenic tours, the best boat and land based fishing...what more could you want. This is an island holiday with difference, whether its a family stay at the homestead with the Wardles or a camping trip with your friends you won't forget the experience in a hurry. There's no power, water, fuel or food north of the homestead so you'll need to bring what you need. Be prepared, a quality 4WD and a sat phone are recommended if you're planning to travel the island. The northern end of the island about 3 hours drive from the barge landing boasts some amazing wildlife action you just won't see anywhere else...sharks in feeding frenzies, eagles hunting, dolphins surfing in pods of 30+, whales breaching (30 metres from shore). Visit Charlies Harbour if you have time, you might even get a glimpse of Charlie, the biggest Tiger shark you're ever going to see.

Date of experience: October 2013
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2  Thank Blake S
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