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; dirkhartogisland.com. SKIPPERS AVIATION is the sole aviator operating flights from Perth to Shark Bay (Monkey Mia) on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays; skippers.com.au. From Denham airport, take a highly recommended scenic flight to DHI with sharkbayaviation.com, or arrange with the lodge to boat across. Package stays include transport to the island. Day trips are also offered.
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.
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.
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.