Woody Island Nature Reserve off the coast of Esperance is just the spot for nature lovers. Surrounded by pristine bushland and ocean, there’s plenty of time for bushwalking, hiking, swimming, snorkelling and fishing.
Woody Island is part of the 100 islands that make up the Recherche Archipelago, or Bay of Isles as it’s known by locals. It’s the only island that is open to the public.
Enjoy the stunning views over eucalyptus trees to Shearwater Bay while relaxing in the Visitor Centre. All sorts of marine life thrive in the waters surrounding Woody Island including fur seals, sea lions and dolphins. On land you might see marsupials like bandicoots and wallabies, as well as a range of birds including rare sea eagles.
To learn more about the local wildlife ask our friendly staff or consult the documents available at the island's visitor centre. There’s a swimming platform and an underwater snorkel trail – or you can just relax and soak up the tranquility.
Getting to Woody Island
Woody Island Eco Tours offers a daily ferry express departing Esperance (please note weather and minimum numbers permitting).
- Monday - Saturday - the ferry departs Esperance 8:00am, returns 12.30pm.
- Sunday - the ferry departs Esperance at 8am, returns 2pm.
From there it's a 20 min ferry ride to Woody Island on a 26 seater boat, with 4 hours on the island where you can relax, snorkel or learn more about the history of the island during a guided walk. Snorkelling gear available for hire on the island – cash only.
Tour prices from:
- $45 Child/Seniors
- $50 Adult