Steep Point, in an area named Edel Land, is the westernmost point of the Australian mainland. This alone makes it worth visiting, and the spectacular views are equally rewarding. Beyond Steep Point is the remote Dirk Hartog Island.
These areas are only accessible by 4WD or boat for some of the best fishing in Australia. This limited access helps to preserve the environment and enhance the wilderness adventure experience.
The western coast of Edel Land is bordered by the mighty Zuytdorp Cliffs, which in some areas soar to over 170m in height. Every part of the coastline offers a different vantage point and spectacular views, including the breathtaking blow holes at Thunder Bay, and a clear view of Dirk Hartog Island from Steep Point.
You can continue onto the island by 4WD via The Hartog Explorer, a barge that carries one vehicle and trailer at a time. Bookings are essential: your accommodation or tour operator will be able to assist you.
Dirk Hartog Island has a number of camp sites and excellent fishing spots for enthusiasts. Hire a 4WD and visit the island independently, join a land tour or cruise the coastline to spot some mesmerising marine life.
The area around Steep Point is also worth exploring. Experienced 4WD adventurers might want to drive from the northern end of Crayfish Bay to False Entrance along the sand dune track. These two bays are flanked by the Zuytdorp Cliffs and the reef runs the entire shoreline of both bays.
Swimming isn’t recommended due to the swell, but over on the north-east coastline, less than 5km from Steep Point, you can swim safely in the shallow waters of Sheltered Bay. As the name suggests, the bay is sheltered from the wind, and a great spot for camping.
Make sure you book your camping spot at either False Entrance or Sheltered Bay well in advance, especially during peak season. You can do this by contacting the Steep Point Ranger on (08) 9948 3993 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Embracing the dramatic beauty of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, the Eco Lodge is a rustic retreat where guests can ‘Escape and Discover’.
The 6 guests rooms and private villa blend simple elegance with luxury and comfort, offering stunning ocean views. The Eco Lodge is a destination in which to relax and reconnect with yourself, family and environment.
Alternatively, get a group together for a 4WD camping escape. The island is limited to 10 4WD vehicles at any one time. So get a group of 10 vehicles (20 people) and have the entire island to yourselves.
Join a cruise aboard the awesome 18 metre sailing catamaran Aristocat 2 and watch dolphins and dugongs and marine life in the wild at Monkey Mia. The only boat licensed by Department Parks and Wildlife to enter the Restricted Mammal Interaction Zone.
Wula Guda Nyinda Eco Adventures operates a Didgeridoo Dreaming night tour, kayaking and snorkelling tours, and 4WD adventures tours designed like no other to explore the cultural ties of the local Nhanda and Malgana Aboriginal people to Gutharraguda (local Aboriginal name for Shark Bay meaning ‘Two Waters’).
FRANCOIS PERON NATIONAL PARK, DIRK HARTOG ISLAND, STEEP POINT
Join us for a adventure and excitement in Shark Bay and is a mecca for nature lovers around the world.
The region is an excellent four wheel driving area, with red sand dunes covered by acacia and surrounded, by the beautiful waters of the Shark Bay World Heritage area. Dramatic cliffs and white sandy beaches complete the picturesque natural landscape.