Dirk Hartog Island has always been a place we have dreamed of visiting for many reasons but most significantly the part it plays in Australia's history. The fact it is the first place where foreigners came ashore in 1616 (Dutch explorers) fascinates and enthrals both my husband & I. (My husband is Dutch and i am Australian as far back as you can get!).
You can imagine our delight when after our short but extremely scenic flight to the islands tiny airstrip to discover that as equally passionate about the islands history is the family that calls DHI their home and runs the lodge.
The accommodation is simple but more than adequate and when you are in such a stunning part of Australia there is NO reason to be in your room! The beds were comfy and it had air con!! Huge bonus!
I for one just loved spending time at the big open table staring out at the aqua waters or sitting back on the lounge with the lodges resident dog "salty" by your side. I had taken a magazine. It sat on the coffee table from the day we go there until the day we left, unopened... there just always seemed to be something better to be doing or gazing at. We didnt have a vehicle so relied on day trips with the hosts, Tori & Kieran, and who else would you rather be guided by than 2 people that have spent over 20years on the island bringing up their 3 beautiful children. It has a long family history and what they don't know about the island isn't worth knowing!! They also know every nook & cranny and can fill as many days as you can spare with magical trips exploring it. Then you get to the food part... WOWZA.. don't think you are going to be missing out given the nearest store or restaurant is many many miles away on the mainland! I would pick TORI'S cooking over a restaurant any day! In some ways its a shame that a fancy restaurant in Sydney somewhere is missing out on her talents, but as a guest at DHI you will be grateful they are! You can drive over as they allow 10 vehicles on the island at one time and there is a barge to get you there. This would also be fantastic but we really enjoyed our guided trip! We also went fishing with Kieran and it was incredible!!! So many options in any wind both land based and boat. We had an absolute ball. The beach directly out the front of the lodge is perfect for a swim or paddle board.
Its the kind of place you just never know what you might see, do or encounter next.
Warm Aussie Hospitality at its best... truly a memorable destination and experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dirk Hartog Island Lodge is a rustic eco escape located within the Shark Bay World Heritage Area. The Lodge is located 30m from the ocean, all rooms have en-suites. All gourmet meals and cool drinks are included with your tariffs.The Lodge is an exclusive holiday destination that caters for family and business groups who are looking for a private getaway. Your hosts Kieran & Tory will help plan your visit, daily adventures, teach you how to catch a fish and even keep the kid's entertained. Dirk Hartog Island Lodge: HOLIDAYING WITH MY FAMILY & FRIENDS and NOT EVERYONE ELSE'S ... more less
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