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.
“You can help to protect the the Dirk Hartog animals when visiting the island by watching the island protection video before you leave home”
Check out the campsite location map below to see all the National Park campsites and where they are located on the island!