An eco lodge with a castaway vibe, Dirk Hartog Island, WA, is number 11 on Australian Traveller’s ‘100 amazing places you haven’t been to yet’. Nominated by: Kerry van der Jagt, travel journalist.

If WA’s Coral Coast does all the right things for you, but you’ve never actually ventured ‘off’ the coast you’ve been missing out, says van der Jagt.

“Dirk Hartog Island is just off the coast of Denham and part of the Shark Bay World Heritage area, a ‘conservation ark’ teeming with dugongs, loggerhead turtles and sea birds,” she says.

“The eco lodge there is a castaway kind of place with gourmet meals, swimming, snorkelling and 4WD trips to Cape Inscription, where you can see Hartog’s landing site.”

Next year marks the 400-year anniversary of the Dutchman’s landing, she adds, making it an optimal time to visit.

Reach the island by car barge, boat or plane. From $290 per night at Dirk Hartog Island Eco Lodge, minimum two-night stay.


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