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Get­ting there

Shark Bay’s main town­ship, Den­ham, is about 820 kilo­me­tres, or nine hours’ drive from Perth. If driv­ing, the reser­va­tion-es­sen­tial is­land barge de­parts from Steep Point. It runs year-round, on de­mand; dirkhar­t­o­g­is­ SKIPPERS AVIATION is the sole avi­a­tor op­er­at­ing flights from Perth to Shark Bay (Mon­key Mia) on Mon­days, Wed­nes­days, Fri­days and Sun­days; From Den­ham air­port, take a highly rec­om­mended scenic flight to DHI with shark­bayavi­a­, or ar­range with the lodge to boat across. Pack­age stays in­clude trans­port to the is­land. Day trips are also of­fered.

Stay­ing there

Wild camp­ing and re­mote shed shel­ter around the is­land are op­tions, but we rec­om­mend the rus­tic com­fort of ei­ther the DIRK HAR­TOG IS­LAND ECO LODGE or pri­vate OCEAN VILLA.

Eat­ing there

With an all-in­clu­sive pack­age, meals are catered for by the cooks at Dirk Har­tog Is­land Eco Lodge. Guests who opt for a non-catered op­tion have kitchen and room fa­cil­i­ties avail­able. If you’re camp­ing, you will need to bring fuel and wa­ter.

Play­ing there

Along with beach walks, swims and snorkels, you can fol­low the old goat trails on self-guided walks and ex­plore the is­land by 4WD on your own or with a guide.

When to go

Shark Bay en­joys mild-to-warm tem­per­a­tures year-round; peak sea­son is March to May, but it’s pleas­ant through to Oc­to­ber. Wild­flow­ers bloom and whales breach from late Au­gust.

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