Archipelago of the Recherche

Natural Attractions

Nearly 100 untouched islands make up the stunning Archipelago of the Recherche off the coast of Esperance in the remote south east of Western Australia.

There, you can see amazing wildlife including sea eagles and colonies of sea lions and fur seals which go there to breed. Get up close to these incredible creatures on a boat cruise from Esperance.

Known by the locals as the Bay of Isles, the Recherche Archipelago is pristine wilderness at its best.

From land, the bay is one of Australia’s most beautiful seascapes. Pure white sand melts into turquoise water with islands scattered here and there. Many of the smaller islands are granite outcrops while one of the largest, known as Woody Island, offers camping, bushwalking, fishing and swimming.

Woody Island is perfect for nature lovers. There’s plenty of native bush, stunning lagoons for swimming and snorkelling and a variety of wildlife including bandicoots and wallabies. The island is open for camping and offers excellent facilities which range from basic camp sites to safari huts with views over the bush to Shearwater Bay.

Esperance is a day’s drive from Perth or you can fly there in an hour and a half.


Picnic Area Public Toilet


Birdwatching Boating Camping Canoeing/Kayaking Fishing Hiking Sailing Scuba Diving Snorkelling Surfing Swimming Walks


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