National Park Camping

Bring your own four-wheel drive (BYO 4WD) and camp on some of the most remote and exclusive island beaches you will find in the world. There are 9 National Park campsites on Dirk Hartog Island. The east coast offers seclusion, shelter from the wind, shallow entry beaches, great beach fishing, awesome snorkelling, flat water for stand-up boarding, historical sites and for the kids great beach combing. The west coast is more rugged and suited for cliff-based fishing, interesting geology and landforms and you get to witness the last sunset of the Australian continent each night.

With DBCA’s  Return to 1616 Dirk Hartog Island National Park Ecological Restoration project being conducted between 2018 and 2030, you may encounter some unique wildlife being restored to the island.  All of these reintroduced native animal species are endangered (threatened by extinction) and exist on the island in very low numbers. They use the same vehicle tracks you drive on.  It is important that you don’t drive from dawn to dusk when these species are active and using the vehicle access roads.

You can contribute to endangered native animal species conservation.  When driving the most important action you can take is to plan your trips to be during daylight hours only – and not between dusk and dawn. From dusk to dawn, speeds above 30km/h are a high risk to running over one or more of these unique native animals.

  • Download the island protection brochure to find out how to prepare for your trip and look after the threatened animals that share the island with you.
  • Fires are not permitted within the national park. Please don’t bring firewood onto the island.  It can harbour invasive pests that can harm the fragile balance of the island’s ecosystems.
  • Keep to existing tracks and camp at designated campsites to avoid damage to native vegetation.
  • Secure and store all rubbish away from animals.
  • Bag all your rubbish and remove it from the island when you leave.
  • Plan your driving during daylight hours only – and not from dusk to dawn. Speeds above 30km/h are high risk to running over one or more of the endangered native animals.

Check out the campsite location map below to see all the National Park campsites and where they are located on the island!

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