Dirk Hartog Island - WA - Western Australia
Dirk Hartog Island is located just off the north coast of Western Australia approximately 830 km from Perth. It also forms the western boundary of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area. To reach the resort you simply fly to Denham and then take a one hour journey across Shark Bay via boat. There are also private air charters available from Perth if you wish to land on the Island’s airstrip for your private or corporate fishing tour.
The first site of European landing on Australian soil, Dirk Hartog claims a special place in Australia’s colonial history. Arriving on the ship ‘Eendracht’ on the 25th of October 1616, Captain Dirk Hartog declared his arrival by nailing an inscribed pewter placement to a post in Cape Inscription, just north of Turtle Bay.
Services & Facilities
The Homestead is made up of two twin rooms and five double/ twin rooms all boasting en-suite facilities. The main living area is the bar/games room which treats you to panoramic views of the bay. In the library you’ll find many native fauna and flora books, plus early explorer and mapping archives dating back to 1697 on display. Other entertainment facilities include DVD and CD player, plus satellite TV and pool table.
Start the morning with a generous continental breakfast and every second day have the option of a fully cooked breakfast. Throughout the day homemade cakes and biscuits are provided, with the ANZAC bikkies and banana cake always proving to be popular among guests.
Guests are invited to sit outside and enjoy the sunset while feasting on exquisite gourmet dinners prepared by resident Homestead chef Tory. Always on the menu is fresh seafood plus a range of other options are available including vegetarian for discerning guests. Your typical meal might start with a delicate entrée of Yellow Fin Tuna sashimi, followed up by a bed of mushroom risotto with greens which sits on top of fresh pink snapper fillets. As with all good meals a dessert follows; a variety of sticky date and walnut pudding served with cream and hot caramel sauce.
The size of The Homestead makes it perfectly suited for Corporate Fishing Tours and family visits. The relaxed environment allows guests to unwind and enjoy some quality time with their loved ones. Plus with everything taken care of, you can really enjoy taking a break from it all. Similarly, Corporate Fishing Tours love the casual environment and the option of cooked breakfasts and lunch. It’s this attention to detail which allows them to get out early in the hope of hauling in big. Plus we have a range of options available for informal meeting rooms.
One thing everyone notices about the Homestead is our staff. Because we cater to small groups we only have around three to four staff working at any given time, allowing for an informal and friendly atmosphere. All staff are highly trained and are experts on the local area and its surroundings. Plus they’re all a really friendly and outgoing bunch.
Dirk Hartog Island is ripe for exploring and most people don’t have the time to experience it all in a single visit. To help people get around however we provide all guests with guides during their stay. No one knows the island like our guides who have comprehensive knowledge of both the locality and the adventures to be had.
Additionally, our dedicated friendly team are always on hand to help with whatever needs you might have. Whether it’s how to tie a knot, a little history lesson or just someone to share a yarn with, it’s all just part of the Homestead.
The west coast of Dirk Hartog Island is relatively unexplored, meaning each Corporate Fishing Tour contains another surprise for angles to discover should they put in the time and effort. There are many reason Dirk Hartog attracts large numbers of game fish, not the least being the continental shelf lying about 60m off Cape Inscription. There is also the ‘Leeuwin Current’ a warm flow of water from the north that draws fish in. This warm water sometimes acts as a highway for game fish and licks the west coast sands. As always, bait plays a huge role in your success. Whenever bait is present, the fish are sure to come. Large bait balls that attract tuna, cobia and trevally are always destined to attract larger piscatorial predators.
Also found in this area are; Yellow Fin Tuna, Sail Fish, Wahoo, Black Marlin, Northern Bluefin, Dolphin Fish and Mackerel. These waters are a great place for the adventurous fisherman to pursue these allusive nomads.
Our 48 foot catamaran, Eendracht is available for charter for up to 20 guests. Contact us to book for either a full day of game fishing or an overnight charter.
One of the reasons Shark Bay, and in particular Dirk Hartog Island, is such a popular fishing destination, is the yearlong sport fishing that is available. Whether you like to throw poppers to menacing Giant Trevally on dusk, or jig up the monster Flathead in the protected shallows around the Homestead, Dirk Hartog Island has it all.
The east coast is a plethora of sheltered bays with rocky headlands and gutters, which to a Tailor hunter is heaven. When coinciding with sunsets,full tides are the recipe for disaster when retrieving minor style lures or bait casting.
The deep edge at Cape Inscription is an excellent spot for catching Spanish Mackerel. You can haul up to 30kgs on live bait.
Catch and release is common practice and crushed barbs on all trebles and hooks is mandatory.
Example : 6 nights / 7 days package –
10 people $2800
8 people $3180
6 people $3680
4 people $4680
*The Lodge can take up to 14 people
These costs are subject to change
- Twin share accommodation
- all gourmet meals and cool drinks
- 5 days charter boat fishing
- 1 day land based fishing
- return transfers ex Denham airport
- heavy tackle fishing equipment