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A wooded paradise for bird lovers, photographers,
bushwalkers and families
Birdwatching is a standout, because the birds
have no predators here. They appear quite
tame and are perfect for photography. The
trees are home to many woodland bird species
including golden whistlers, spotted pardalotes,
sacred kingfishers, red-eared firetail finches,
singing honeyeaters and rock parrots. Swim,
snorkel and dive in the crystal-clear waters
which, while not tropical, are home to many
colourful and unique fish and coral varieties.
Snorkel trails head into secluded bays and
the little penguin colony. There’s also fishing
off the Shearwater Bay jetty and rocks. On
land, wildlife can be spotted along the many
self-guided walking trails, the longest of which
takes up to an hour.
What to do
Unlike most islands in the archipelago –
and just as its name suggests – Woody Island
is heavily wooded, providing shade and habitat
for its abundant bird and animal life. There
are no beaches as such, with water access
off the rocks in small granite bays on calm
days. Only about 10 of the island’s 240ha
have been developed, meaning most of it is
in a pristine natural state.
Accessible only by boat, the direct ferry
service takes 30 minutes to cover the 15km
from Esperance, and is available daily during
peak periods. Moorings are available at
Shearwater Bay, and a landing fee is payable
per person for anyone coming onto the island.
Once there, the only transport method is on
foot – bicycles are not allowed, to minimise the
impact on the island.
Stay amongst the eucalyptus in sheltered
campsites, using tents or canvas safari huts
(for a very limited season). There is a kiosk that
serves meals and also a small shop for snacks
and basic supplies, as well as ice and bait.
Rainwater is available but BYO alcohol. You can
hire snorkelling equipment, kayaks and fishing
rods to fish off the jetty.
Coordinates: 33°57’43”S 122°00’40”E
June to October Humpbacks migrate south
at this time, calving in August
October to January This is when the seabirds
nest, and it’s possible to see the white bellied
sea eagle and pacific gull, among others
School holidays Camping is only open for
October school holiday, then end of November
to beginning of January, and the Easter period
The summer months Swimming is best in
summer, when the water temperature varies
from 18-21 degrees
Best time to go
Archipelago of the Recherche
(Photography Dan Paris).
Woody Island (Photography
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