About this park
Woody Island lies in the Recherche Archipelago. It’s part of a chain of more than 100 islands stretching 230km from Esperance to the Great Australian Bight. The island stands out because it has tall trees on it, a rare sight in the Archipelago. In spring the wildflowers are beautiful.
There are many ways to get nearer to nature here. Walk among the acacia’s, orchids and five species of eucalypts. Survey the dramatic rocky headlands and swim, snorkel and dive in sheltered bays. There’s a guided group walk or choose one of the three self-guided trails.
Discover a wildlife haven as you explore. Woody Island is free from snakes and other predators that would normally make wildlife timid. It’s likely that you’ll enjoy close encounters with curious birds and lazy lizards. Underwater, follow the snorkel trail at Shearwater Bay and look at the diverse marine life. Fishing is permitted from the main jetty. If you’d like to stay a while, you’re in luck. Woody Island Nature Reserve is the only island in the Recherche Archipelago with visitor facilities and a visitor centre too. Accommodation options include self-contained cabins and camping facilities.
Read more about the island's history, facilities, and activities from Woody Island Eco Tours. Alternatively, you can contact Esperance Island Cruises for bookings on (08) 9071 5757.
There are three marked walk trails on the island (Twiggy's Landing, Skinny Dip Bay, and Summit Loop walk trails). For more information visit TrailsWA.
Review – Best holiday destination in the State Woody Island simply gets better! I have been coming here annually for at least 12 years, but the last two visits have excelled. New canvas tents, with comfortable double beds, a hard and soft pillow, crisp white sheets. All set under the trees with ocean views. The island is a 240ha nature reserve with stunning walk trails having views of the coastline and islands in the archipelago. Wildlife includes numerous bird species, quails, skinks, kangaroos... but no snakes. The Visitor Centre has stunning ocean views, a bar, and a small but tasty menu. If you want a totally relaxing holiday, this takes some beating. Rahimab26 - Trip Advisor
Plan when to visit. Read this safety information about bushwalking, swimming, fishing, snorkelling and diving. Consider travelling with a personal location beacon (PLB). In the event you need to be rescued it could save your life!
Canoeing and kayaking
Plants, wildlife and fungi
Visit the Atlas of Living Australia for a list of species recorded in Woody Island Nature Reserve.
We recognise and acknowledge Aboriginal people as the traditional owners of Woody Island Nature Reserve.