The western tip of Australia
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.
For more information on visiting and staying on Dirk Hartog Island, go to the Department of Parks and Wildlife website and www.dirkhartogisland.com
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
Dirk Hartog Island
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.
- Email: email@example.com
- Web: www.dirkhartogisland.com
- Phone: 08 9948 1211
- Address: Dirk Hartog island WA 6537
4WD & Camping – Wula Guda Nyinda Eco Adventures
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’).
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Web: www.wulaguda.com.au
- Mobile: 0429 708 847
- Mobile: 0432 029 436
Monkey Mia Cruises
- Email: email@example.com
- Web: perfectnaturecruises.com.au
- Phone (within AU only): 1800 030 427
- Phone: 08 9948 1446
- Mobile: 0429 481 446
- Address: Monkey Mia Jetty, Monkey Mia WA 6537
Shark Bay Boat Hire
Hire-and-drive boat hire in Shark Bay. Provided ready to run, perfect for you to explore Shark Bay’s awesome sea scapes, isolated bays and prolific sealife.
- Web: www.sharkbayboathire.com.au
- Phone: 0474 556 296
- Mobile: 0474 556 296
Shark Bay Aviation
Scenic flights of Shark Bay and surrounding areas, day trips to outstanding destinations, plus general air charters to your choice of destinations.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Web: www.sharkbayaviation.com
- Phone: 08 9948 1773
- Mobile: 0417 919 059
- Address: 99 Knight Terrace, Denham WA 6537
4WD – Ocean Park
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.
- Web: oceanpark.com.au
- Phone: 08 9948 1765
Shark Bay Coastal Tours
Shark Bay Coastal Tours is a family-owned tour company offering unique 4-wheel drive adventures in the Shark Bay and Denham region.
Half and full day charters depart from either Denham or Monkey Mia and offer you the chance to learn about local culture, explore amazing remote beaches and walk through awe-inspiring World Heritage and National Park areas.
- Email: email@example.com
- Web: www.sharkbaycoastaltours.com.au
- Mobile: 0407 890 409
- Mobile: 0439 265 431
Scuba Diving & Snorkelling – Ocean Park
You’ll view the stunning beauty of Shelter Bay, take in the Zuytdorp Cliffs, see Steep Point and even set foot on Dirk Hartog Island.
We’ll also get you in the water for a snorkel at a picturesque spot over lunch. Our skipper and guides are full of knowledge about the area and to make your journey even more enjoyable.
You’ll receive a marine life briefing on the local wildlife and a maritime history briefing and all your snorkelling equipment will be provided as well as a scrumptious lunch.
- Web: oceanpark.com.au/dive-adventures
- Phone: 08 9948 1765