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Hi all,
        so is this the ultimate Western Australian Destination? All we need is the WA regions open again.
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Re: Dirk Hartog Island - Is This The Ultimate Camping Destination?
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2020, 07:59:03 AM »
Looks a great place for sure.  "Ultimate Destination".....means different things to different folks.  Many prefer rain forests, desert country, alpine regions et.etc.....whichever way you look at it.....Oz has plenty to offer so long as your willing to give it a go.   :cheers:
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Re: Dirk Hartog Island - Is This The Ultimate Camping Destination?
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2020, 10:26:01 AM »
Hi
    We considered it in our trip planning, did a bit of reading online but decided it was not for a solo trip even though it is the furthest point on the map from home.
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Re: Dirk Hartog Island - Is This The Ultimate Camping Destination?
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2020, 11:00:48 AM »
In the same area is Tamala Station. There are 20 odd sites dotted around the Tamala coast with multiple campsites.

There are plenty of Youtube videos on the net of Tamala as well as the Tamala Station site itself.

Pretty good, imo
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Re: Dirk Hartog Island - Is This The Ultimate Camping Destination?
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2020, 07:08:54 PM »
 HI Crusin, Look an orsome spot but its a Pretty dear ferry ride over there I think, Craig
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Re: Dirk Hartog Island - Is This The Ultimate Camping Destination?
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2020, 07:53:29 PM »
Having been to Cape Inscription on Dirk Hartog Island  I would venture that it's no surprise he didn't see much to inspire him and   sailed away and those of us on this side of the continent are not speaking Dutch. It's a pretty unforgiving environment.

The interesting part about the island today is that there is a project to return it to more what it would have been like when Hartog  visited.

Decades as a pastoral lease and the introduction of feral cats took a toll on the environment and the mammals that lived there.

But after years of negotiation it is now a national park, except for an area retained and used as a resort by the last lessees, the Wardle family.

The sheep and goats are gone and after a concerted effort the cats were eradicated.

Scientists indentified about 10 small mammals that used to found on the island but had disappeared. Now they have embarked on a project to reintroduce them. Many are animals  under threat on the  mainland. Think Noah's Ark.     The first translocations have gone well, the animals are breeding and the vegetation is recovering.     

There is a wealth of info here if you are interested
 
https://www.sharkbay.org/restoration/dirk-hartog-island-return-1616/

As the vision shows it's a spectacular place. The ferry cost and other issues will always limit the numbers who visit and that may be a good thing.   
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Re: Dirk Hartog Island - Is This The Ultimate Camping Destination?
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2020, 04:47:48 PM »
Hi Rossm,
              They have done a great job regenerating the fauna and flora. Apparently started from one end of the island to the other. Hence there is a fence in the middle of the island so they could eradicate the feral animals . We also came across some indigenous leaders who were taking some kids on a bush camping expedition on the island. We got were shown a secret spot where they swim . As they were moving from along they were collecting bush tucker.

As a side note - we we had the beers from the bush bar at the camping area next to the homestead. Not a cheap place to visit but well worth it for the restricted numbers!

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Re: Dirk Hartog Island - Is This The Ultimate Camping Destination?
« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2020, 03:29:29 PM »
In the same area is Tamala Station. There are 20 odd sites dotted around the Tamala coast with multiple campsites.

There are plenty of Youtube videos on the net of Tamala as well as the Tamala Station site itself.

Pretty good, imo

Far out I absolutely loved Tamala.... aside from Kalbarri, Tamala was my first taste so to speak of the magnificent fishing available in WA... that place is a freakn fishing goldmine.
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Re: Dirk Hartog Island - Is This The Ultimate Camping Destination?
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2020, 06:36:27 PM »
HI Crusin, Look an orsome spot but its a Pretty dear ferry ride over there I think, Craig

Yeah it is a bit costly!
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Re: Dirk Hartog Island - Is This The Ultimate Camping Destination?
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2020, 06:38:31 PM »
HI Crusin, Look an orsome spot but its a Pretty dear ferry ride over there I think, Craig
[/Yeah its a bit on the costly side]
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Re: Dirk Hartog Island - Is This The Ultimate Camping Destination?
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2020, 06:40:49 PM »
Yeah , it is bit cosly!
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Re: Dirk Hartog Island - Is This The Ultimate Camping Destination?
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2020, 10:33:47 AM »
Any Idea of the price over and Back on the ferry, Just asking as mite be heading over to the West for a look around, when things open up again, Craig
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Re: Dirk Hartog Island - Is This The Ultimate Camping Destination?
« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2020, 11:02:28 AM »
Here you go Craig

Sit down before you open the link.


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Re: Dirk Hartog Island - Is This The Ultimate Camping Destination?
« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2020, 11:51:33 AM »
Any Idea of the price over and Back on the ferry, Just asking as mite be heading over to the West for a look around, when things open up again, Craig
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Re: Dirk Hartog Island - Is This The Ultimate Camping Destination?
« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2020, 02:07:19 PM »
Its not that nice

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The adjacent (on the mainland) Steep Point may be  well named.

In the pre-national park days it was very popular with serious fishermen, the types who spend small fortunes on gear and then risk it fishing in treacherous reefy country. And probably still is.

Half a dozen blokes in two cars sharing the cost makes it  more manageable  I guess.

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« Reply #15 on: May 01, 2020, 07:44:38 PM »
Thanks Bird, It looks a great spot, Thats nearly spot on $1000 for my mob which is dear but we always shout ourselfs one good thing when we go away so if we get up there we mite go for a look, Craig
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